Harbinger Announcement Possibility this Week

The question as to who will be aboard Harbinger in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes could be answered this week.

Opinions have been varied on who will partner up with the Sir Michael Stoute trained four year old, at Ascot on July 24 in the Betfair sponsored event.



Following the victory with stablemate Workforce in the Investec Derby, his usual partner Ryan Moore disclosed he would stay with the Derby winner with Frankie Dettori and Paul Hanagan now among the popular names being associated with the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing owned Harbinger.

In three races this term, Harbinger is undefeated, including the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"We're still waiting to hear on jockey booking confirmations and all that," said racing manager Harry Herbert.

"There's no news on that, but the horse is very well. We are really pleased with him and we are touching wood everywhere that he continues the way he is.

"It doesn't look as though there will be too big a field in the race so it's just a question of seeing who is doing what and we are in Sir Michael's hands on that one.

"He's just waiting to hear. We have had conversations, but I can't talk about that until we've had confirmation.

"I guess it wouldn't take a genius to know what the short-list would be. It's just waiting for the cards to fall and for trainers with other runners in the race knowing what they are going to do.

"Hopefully, something will be forthcoming this week.

"He's such a special horse, he's such a beautifully-looking horse with a great temperament.

"We've seen this year he has a lovely cruising speed and then a tremendous turn of foot to quicken off that pace.

"We'll see. This is what it's all about from my side of things. It's a big syndicate manager's dream to have a horse like Harbinger, who will hopefully be lining up for Europe's greatest midsummer spectacle."

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