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Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Everything you need as the mighty Alpha Centauri goes for a fourth Group 1

Deauville: hosts Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois on Sunday
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She has been the shining light so far this season and Alpha Centauri bids for a fourth Group 1 of the year in the Haras du Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

Trained by Jessica Harrington for race sponsors the Niarchos family, Alpha Centauri takes on colts for the first time but is hot favourite to add to her victories in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes and Falmouth Stakes.

Winning the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes has become common for Aidan O'Brien, who runs Sergei Prokoliev in a bid for a 17th success. Martyn Meade is hoping to derail that with Advertise. 


Sunday cards and betting


While those two Group 1s lead the way, there is a host of quality action in Britain, Ireland and France on what is a cracking Sunday.


Going report

Deauville (12.35pm)
Good to soft

Curragh (first race at: 1.55pm)
Good to firm

Leicester (2pm)
Good, good to firm in places

Downpatrick (2.05pm)
Good

Windsor (2.15pm)
Good to firm


Market movers

2.40 Downpatrick - Go Another One into 7-2 (from 5)
3.00 Curragh - Lady Kaya into 11-4 (from 7-2)


What to back

Can anything stop Aidan O'Brien winning another Phoenix Stakes? The What's The Word team assess the contest...

Our regional experts have had a look through Sunday's racing and come up with their best selections for the action in Tips Box.


What to read

Jockey Kathy Begley has expressed her extreme sadness at the death of Bahamian Dollar on the gallops at home.

Haydock paid tribute to Lester Piggott 70 years after his first victory at the age of 12. 


What to watch

With Alpha Centauri set to strut her stuff in France on Sunday, we went to meet those who know her best...

The best of Racing Post Sport

The Premier League is off and running and there is a bumper day of action again. The big game of the day is Arsenal v Manchester City.

There is also Liverpool v West Ham and Southampton v Burnley on Sunday. 


Final thought 

Come on Alpha Centauri! The Flat season has not been the most exhilarating, but the superstar filly has been a delight to watch. Another victory here would be something special.


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