Mike Fran­cis says Al­pha Cen­tauri is dif­fer­ent class

Mike Fran­cis rates the fly­ing filly very highly

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THERE’S no doubt about the best per­for­mance in our most re­cent set of speed fig­ures. It came from AL­PHA CEN­TAURI when she clocked up 125 in tak­ing the Coro­na­tion Stakes at Royal As­cot just af­ter our last edi­tion went to press.

She’s much the best three-year-old filly around and may put her ahead of the colts too. She fol­lowed up by tak­ing the Fal­mouth Stakes hard held and that’s why that ef­fort doesn’t reg­is­ter in the top per­for­mances on the clock.

It’s hard to see her colours be­ing lowere wher­ever she heads next, with a trip to France re­port­edly on the agenda for the Prix Jac­ques le Marois.

As you might ex­pect, the fi­nal days of the Royal meet­ing make up all of our top 10. Just out­side there we had a par­tic­u­larly tak­ing ef­fort on the clock from a new­comer at New­bury.

Room To Im­prove was im­pres­sive in scor­ing de­spite be­ing sent off at 33-1. While the fig­ure of 111 may be a lit­tle high, only time will tell and trainer David Evans looks to have a re­ally nice prospect who should stay a mile.

It can pay to fol­low horses that clock fast times as less glam­orous tracks be­cause they are of­ten un­der-es­ti­mated when they take a step up in class.

SHAYBANI is an­other ju­ve­nile who seems to be im­prov­ing fast. He fol­lowed a re­spectable ef­fort at Royal As­cot with a game win at Chep­stow on July 3. On the face of it the form doesn’t look any­thing spe­cial but 109 is good as he can hold his own stepped up in grade.

CROSS COUNTER could be more than a hand­i­cap­per judged by the way he won at As­cot on July 14.

He missed the kick and showed good pace to pick up his ri­vals and win go­ing away for a rat­ing of 109. He gives the im­pres­sion that there’s a lot more to come and a step into pat­tern com­pany looks on the cards.

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