Search icon


16th Aug 2018

Ruby Walsh backing Alpha Centauri to make a big splash stateside

Michael Corry

The Breeders’ Cup World championship is an annual Grade 1 thoroughbred horse racing event that takes place in the United States.

It is the showpiece event of horse racing stateside.

Paddy Power racing ambassador, Ruby Walsh believes only bad luck, or a bad draw is going to stop Alpha Centauri from winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile this year.

The Jessica Harrington trained filly won her fourth consecutive Group 1 after she came out victorious in the Prix Jacques le Marois last Sunday.

Legendary Jockey, Walsh, is a huge fan of the horse and believes it is primed and ready ahead of the showpiece event at Churchill Downs on November 3.

Speaking to Paddy Power, Walsh said, “If anything, Aplha Centauri looks to be getting faster. That’s encouraging for her going forward and the speed she showed on Sunday would suggest that the Breeders’ Cup Mile wouldn’t be a worry for her. She looks like she has the pace for that. If she gets a reasonable draw in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, you’d love to be on her.”

Priced at 15/8 with Paddy Power, the filly looks set to attract a huge crowd at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend, September 15, when she lines up in the Matron Stakes.

Walsh added, “For Irish racegoers, it will be great if she does run in the Matron Stakes because there won’t be that many chances to see her. She did win the Irish 1,000 Guineas on the start of this run but she’s way more ‘box-office’ now than she was then. It would be great to see her take part on Irish Champions weekend at Leopardstown as she’s the best of her generation.”

After her performance last weekend, Alpha Centauri is now officially the best 3-year-old Irish filly since Ridgewood Pearl in 1995. On that occasion, Ridgewood Pearl also won the Irish 1,000 Guineas and followed that up with a Breeders’ Cup Mile victory.

So, history tells us that Alpha Centauri is ready to give the stateside championships a real crack this year.

If Ruby is backing her, then who are we to disagree.