Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Harbinger Retired

Harbinger of Doom - Harbinger, officially the best flat
horse in the world, has been retired due to injury.
Sad, but expected, news broke yesterday that Harbinger had been retired from Horse Racing.

On Saturday morning the four-year-old colt, who became the highest-rated flat horse in the world following his 11-length destruction of the field in the King George at Ascot last month, broke his near-fore cannon bone on the gallops at Newmarket.

The horse who has been hailed as "one of the all-time greats" underwent surgery on Saturday evening but connections decided it was too much of a risk to return the Sir Michael Stoute trained horse back to the racecourse.

A decision on a potential stud career has yet to be confirmed but it is widely expected that will be the future for this great animal

Harry Herbert, racing manager for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said in a statement issued on behalf of the colt's owners, the Admiral Rous Syndicate: "It is with regret that it has been decided to retire Harbinger from racing… Thanks to the professionalism of the veterinary surgeons… The operation undertaken at Rossdales Hospital has been successful… We are pleased to report that the horse is recovering well. The decision to retire Harbinger is based on the welfare of the horse which is paramount. The owners, for whom this is very sad, are naturally sorry that their great horse has had his career cut short.”

It’s a body blow for Racing which needed a new flat superstar after Sea the Stars was retired last season but the safety and well-being of the horse is what really matters, and as sad as it is that just as he had started to exert his dominance over the sport his career is ended, his legacy will remain in tact.


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