An Injured Harbinger is Retired
It is always sad news when we hear of a horse being retired from racing due to injury, but when the horse is as impressive as Harbinger and only four years old the sadness is multiplied.
Harbinger is considered to be one of the finest horses of the current generation, and probably one of the best horses of any generation. Only last month this four year old impressed the racing world with its breathtaking win at Ascot where it led the rest of the filed by eleven lengths to win the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Everybody has been eying Harbinger up for a win at the forthcoming Juddmonte International which will be run at York in a weeks time but that will n longer happen. Harbringer was also a hopeful for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and was the favourite to win it.
Harbringer won his final four outings and in his all too brief career on the track collected a total of £770,000 in prize-money. His total wins from his nine outing was six. In eight of these races the jockey was Ryan Moore and the jockey with which he won the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes was Olivier Peslier. Sir Michael Stoute was Harbinger’s trainer.
Harbinger was injured during training and he suffered a fracture to a cannon bone. It had been hoped that surgery would provide a cure, but despite the efforts of the best veterinary surgeons this was not to be and the decision was made that it would be just too risky to allow the horse to race again even though the operation was considered to be a success and Harbinger is recovering.
Although Harbinger’s racing career has come to an end his usefulness has not. It seems that a whole new career as a stud will be opening up for him and this could earn his owner more than he won on the track.