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Lyric Fillies’ Stakes: Jessica Harrington to give York crowds the sight of the Alpine Star in her seasonal reappearance |  Race News

On Friday night, racing fans in York will have the chance to see first-class filly Alpine Star return to action in the British Stallion Studs EBF Lyric Fillies’ Stakes.

Jessica Harrington’s filly followed in the hoof tracks of her multi-group winner half-sister Alpha Centauri by beating a brilliant Coronation Stakes winner at Royal Ascot last summer.

The Sea The Moon daughter went on to take second place in three more top-level events before the end of 2020 – dropping under a length at French Oaks, the Prix Jacques le Marois and the Prix de l’Opéra.

Alpine Star has not been seen competing since pushing Tarnawa from Dermot Weld to ParisLongchamp in October, but appears to face a relatively straightforward task when returning to Listed on the Knavesmire.

Harrington said: “It’s a good little start for her and then we can plan for the fall. We have a lot of options.

“She had a little setback earlier in the year, which is why we couldn’t direct her.

“It’s a good starting point for her and a great opportunity. She doesn’t have to carry a penalty and only accepts fillies, so let’s hope that all goes well.

“She got there safely this [Thursday] Morning.”

The Irish raider will have a good chance of sending six rivals in Friday’s extended 10 furlong contest.

The second best horse in the standings is Roger Varian’s Fooraat, but even she has 16 pounds to find with Alpine Star.

The Empress of the Seas trained by William Haggas and the Vesela of Ralph Beckett’s shipyard are also present.





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