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Pretty Polly return possible for Alpine Star

The Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh has been identified as a potential comeback target for top-class filly Alpine Star.

Jessica Harrington’s charge was a brilliant winner of last season’s Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot under Frankie Dettori, before going on to fill the runner-up spot in three other Group One contests in France.

The daughter of Sea The Moon was narrowly beaten by Fancy Blue in the French Oaks, pushed Palace Pier all the way in the Prix Jacques le Marois and found only subsequent Breeders’ Cup heroine Tarnawa too strong in the Prix de l’Opera at ParisLongchamp in October.

Alpine Star holds a whole host of big-race entries, and connections are understandably looking forward to her reappearance.

Alpine Star and Frankie Dettori return to the Ascot winner's enclosure
Alpine Star and Frankie Dettori return to the Ascot winner’s enclosure (Edward Whitaker/PA)

Alan Cooper, racing manager for owners the Niarchos family, said: “Alpine Star is coming along and could possibly start off in the Pretty Polly at the Curragh (June 27).

“She definitely has a top line of form. I think we’re more than likely looking towards the second half of the season with her.

“I’ll be catching up with Mrs Harrington in the next few days, but that is what we were thinking last week.”

Another exciting filly for the owners is the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Sunrise Valley, who carries the Flaxman Stables colours.

A daughter of the Niarchos Family’s Japanese-bred ace Karakontie, the three-year-old was second on her debut at Yarmouth and then dominated her rivals to get off the mark at Newmarket last week.

“That was very encouraging from her,” added Cooper.

“I need to catch up with Sir Michael and see what he’s thinking as to what level we go to next.

“She’s from an old family that has served us well every generation.

“We’ll feel our way and take it from there.”

Alpine Star team excited for 2021 campaign

Connections of Alpine Star are looking forward to seeing what next season holds for the top-class filly following her narrow defeat on Arc weekend in Paris.

Successful on two of her three starts as a juvenile, the daughter of Sea The Moon made a spectacular start to her three-year-old campaign with a brilliant victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot under Frankie Dettori.

Jessica Harrington’s charge has since been touched off in the French Oaks at Chantilly, the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville and Prix de l’Opera at ParisLongchamp, most recently going down by a short neck to a fellow Irish raider in Dermot Weld’s Tarnawa.

Celebration time for Frankie Dettori and Alpine Star
Celebration time for Frankie Dettori and Alpine Star (Edward Whitaker/PA)

Alpine Star will now enjoy a winter break before being brought back for more top-level targets in 2021.

Alan Cooper, racing manager for owners the Niarchos family, said: “She ran another blinder in the Opera. She’s a tough, honest and very high-class filly.

“We’ll put her away now and bring her back for a four-year-old campaign next season. She’s very consistent and hopefully there’ll be more Group One races for her.

“It will be interesting to see what Jessie decides regarding trip next year. She seems equally capable over a mile and a mile and a quarter at the moment, which is very exciting.”