Royal Ascot - At The Races

Jessica Harrington

    Top trainer Jessica Harrington is out to break even more new ground in 2017 as she bids to saddle her first Royal Ascot winner and here she lifts the lid on her strong squad which includes two favourites for the juvenile contests.
  • Thursday 15 June 2017
  • Stable Tours

Jessica Harrington is without question one of the leading dual-purpose trainers in racing. She has been a standing dish in the top 10 in the Irish National Hunt trainers’ table for well over a decade now and has regularly appeared in the top 10 Flat trainers in the country too.

On the Flat she joined the prestigious Group 1 club when saddling Pathfork to win the National Stakes at the Curragh in 2010 and has since enjoyed further Group success with the likes of Bocca Baciata, Jack Naylor and Dragon Pulse.

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With Harrington having reached a number of notable milestones during the course of the 2016/17 National Hunt season, she will look to reach another one at Royal Ascot as she seeks to secure her first winner at the big meeting.

Jessica has a small but exceptionally strong team to go to war with and sat down with Kevin Blake of to discuss their prospects

All Horses

Alpha Centauri

Form Profile:

Created an excellent impression in winning a maiden and a Listed race at Naas in May.

Trainer Says:

She’ll run in the Albany Stakes. We had some concerns about the ground getting too firm for her and they are still there, but Ascot seem to be putting water on it already and they say that it won’t be overly firm. She’s very laid back, so all the razzmatazz of Royal Ascot shouldn’t get to her. She’s a fine big strong filly that is weighing in at about 510kg at the moment. I’ve had some nice two-year-olds through here, the likes of Pathfork, Dragon Pulse, Laughing Lashes, and she is up there with them. I haven’t thought too far into the future with regard to what trip she’ll end up over in the fullness of time, but being by Mastercraftsman she’s likely to end up over at least a mile. We’re just hoping that she runs her race next week and we’ll move forward from there.

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Brother Bear

Form Profile:

Impressed when winning a maiden at Leopardstown and the Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh.

Trainer Says:

He’s a grand horse that has done nothing wrong so far. He has won his maiden and a Listed race and has done both of them nice and tidily. He drifted left when he hit the front at the Curragh, but I think Colm just allowed him to do that, as there was no great point in trying to keep him straight on such testing ground. He’s won on good-to-firm and on soft already, so ground doesn’t seem to be much of an issue with him and I wouldn’t have a preference for him going forward. Colm thinks that he’ll get seven furlongs and even a mile without too much problem.

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Drumfad Bay (IRE)

Form Profile:

Rated 97, she won a maiden at Naas last year and has acquitted herself well without winning in stakes company since then.

Trainer Says:

She is an intended runner in the Sandringham Stakes. She’s been staying on well over seven furlongs and her dam stayed a mile-and-a-quarter, so we’re hopeful she might be able to improve for the step up in trip.

Video Form
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Torcedor (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Fastnet Rock - Magnolia Lane (Sadler's Wells)
  • Trained by: Mrs J Harrington
  • Last Race: Ascot, 21 Oct 2017 13:25
  • Result: 2/13, mid-division, headway chasing leaders halfway, 2nd 5f out, ridden to lead entering final 2f, kept on well until headed final 50 yards, battled on
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Form Profile:

Rated 111, he joined Harrington from David Wachman this season and has won both his starts since, namely a conditions race at Leopardstown and the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan.

Trainer Says:

He’s in great form and will run in the Ascot Gold Cup. He hasn’t run since he beat Order Of St George at Navan. I had him entered for the Saval Beg at Leopardstown last month, but the ground was very quick at the time and while he wouldn’t mind it, I didn’t want to risk jarring him up in prior to his main target which has always been the Gold Cup. In terms of his stamina for the race, of course we won’t know until he tries, but he got the mile-and-three-quarters at Navan very well and we’ll hope for the best. He doesn’t have to make the running, so we might slot in and see how he goes.

Video Form
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Whitefountainfairy (IRE)

Form Profile:

Built on the promise on her debut when winning a maiden at Fairyhouse in June.

Trainer Says:

She is entered in the Goffs London Sale on Monday night, so what happens there will be key to what she’ll do later in the week, but she’ll be entered in the Albany and the Chesham. She was very unlucky to run into traffic problems on her debut and I was delighted with her win at Fairyhouse, as she got a bit bumped around there too.

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