Leopardstown Double Injury
Earlier this afternoon the public were saddened to learn that Group 1 winning 3-year-old stars, Saxon Warrior (x Deep Impact) trained by Aidan O'Brien and Alpha Centauri (xMastercraftsman) trained by Jessica Harrington have both been retired after sustaining career ending injuries at Leopardstown yesterday.
Alpha Centauri has proven herself a standout mare during the 2018 flat season winning four Group 1 races consecutively over a period of 3 months including the Irish 1000 Guineas, The Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, Falmouth Stakes in Newmarket and the Prix du Haras in Deauville. Unfortunately during the Matron Stakes G1 at Leopardstown the grey mare showed a bad turn of foot in the final furlong being unable to comfortably change legs, which resulted in her finishing second place 3/4 lengths behind Laurens trained by Karl Burke.
The post race veterinary report stated that her far-fore fetlock looked to be clinically abnormal.
The Niarchos family's racing manager Alan Cooper then released that the decision had been made to retire the 124 rated mare to stud.
The Coolmore owned son of Deep Impact may have been "unlucky" in his 2018 endeavours only winning one of his last six starts (The Newmarket 2000 Guineas), did mange to earn £1,112,467 in prize money during his total career. The colt was constantly held in a John Gosden- shaped shadow after finishing behind Roaring Lion on three occasions including the Irish Champion Stakes where he endured a tendon injury to his near-fore flexor tendon.