Constantino Parente: Jessica Harrington’s Alpha Centauri suffers injury after shock defeat at Leopardstown

CONNECTIONS of Alpha Centauri are nervously waiting on test results after Alpha Centauri’s defeat in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

Jessica Harrington’s filly was sent off the odds-on favourite for the race but was no match for Laurens in a thrilling race.

Alpha Centauri suffered a shock defeat at Leopardstown
Alpha Centauri suffered a shock defeat at Leopardstown
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As Alpha Centauri came to make her challenge, she appeared to stumble slightly.

After the race she was reported to be clinically abnormal and was sent for further examination.

It has now been revealed that she has suffered a fetlock injury and connections are waiting on further tests to find out the extent of the injury.

Alan Cooper, racing manager to her owners, the Niarchos family, said on Sunday morning: “The vets are having a good look at her this morning, so as of yet there’s no real further news.

“She was fine when she got to the vets last night, but they were going to give her a good examination this morning.

“She appeared to take a false step and was sore afterwards. It was unfortunate, but she was very brave – she was still trying to win.”

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