REWIND the clock two years and the build up to Longines Irish Champions Weekend was all about one filly.

All was rosy in the garden for Jessica Harrington’s Alpha Centauri. On her previous four runs, she delivered four Group 1 wins, steamrolling the European mile division with victories at the Curragh, Ascot, Newmarket and Deauville. She was rated the best three-year-old in the world and it had just been announced that she was going to be staying in training at four. So much success and so much more to look forward to.