Monday, 26 July 2010

Timeform Rate Harbinger 142

As you know, TV or not TV occasionally likes to report on the World of Horse Racing, and over the weekend occurred something that definitely warrants a few sentences.

Harbinger absolutely decimated the King George field with an astonishingly effortless 11 length win – leaving Derby winner Workforce trailing in his dust back in fifth.

As is tradition after a big race respected Racing publication Timeform has released its provisional ratings for the Horses involved and they have put Harbinger on a mark of 142. Now while this is not official and Timeform’s astuteness has to be called in to question (they wouldn’t give me a job) this all points to Harbinger being one hell of an animal.

The 142 rating puts him above last year’s all-conquering Sea the Stars and even Shergar and makes him on paper the fourth best Horse of all time, behind only Sea Bird, Brigadier Gerard and The Minstrel.

Whether Racing’s authority the BHA follow suit and gives Sir Michael Stoute’s charge an equivalent rating remains to be seen but all indications right now are that anyone who witnessed the King George on Saturday saw something very special indeed.

What do any Racing fans out there think – does Harbinger deserve a rating of 142 for Saturday’s performance…?


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