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Harrington to consider Alpine Star options

6th July 2020, 17:43 by Rob Eddy

Jessica Harrington insists she has a "very special filly" on her hands in Alpine Star but is in no rush to formulate her next target.

The three-year-old impressed at Royal Ascot last month when winning the Coronation Stakes but was agonisingly denied a successful follow-up when collared late on in the Prix de Diane on Sunday.

Alpine Star had tried to make all the running under Stephane Pasquier but lost out to Fancy Blue's late surge, although the result took nothing away from the performance as far as Harrington was concerned.

"She ran very well, she won everywhere but on the line!" Harrington said.

"She ran an absolutely brilliant race and I was delighted with her, we all were."

Alpine Star has shown that she is not lacking in stamina and her next trip is very much under consideration, although connections are not desperate to get her back on the track too quickly.

"She obviously stays a mile and a quarter, she'll probably get a mile and a half in time. I think she's a very special filly," Harrington added.

"I'm not sure (what trip she will run over next). I'll have to have a chat to the owners and we'll see.

"We've no immediate plans, we'll just let her settle. She's had two quick races and a hard race yesterday, so we'll give her a bit of time now."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Rob Eddy is an all-round sports journalist, who has comprehensive knowledge in a range of sports including football, cricket, tennis, rugby union, golf and American Football.

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