Harry Herbert celebrating at Royal Ascot
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HARBINGER OF ZOOM
Harbinger (GB)(Dansili) dented some lofty reputations and lowered the track record - by 0.46 seconds - with a blistering display in Saturday’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) at Ascot. Ridden with patience in fourth, the 4-1 chance swooped for control just inside the final quarter mile and surged ever clear under minimal urging to demolish the remainder, who were led home by winner Irish Derby (G1)Cape Blanco (Ire)(Galileo), by 11 lengths. “This is the best moment of my life, bar Motivator winning the Derby,” said Highclere’sHarry Herbert.
Looming large on the outside at the quarter-mile marker, Harbinger eased to the front soon after and surged clear of a stellar cast to carve his niche in turfdom with a victory by daylight. “He was comfortable throughout, and all I needed was to give him just one flick of the whip,” said Olivier Peslier. When I saw the big screen I could see the others were so far behind, and I knew the race was won before the furlong marker. I knew he was very good beforehand, but he is a truly wonderful horse and today he is ‘the king”.
“Its just such an ambition for everybody”, said Highclere’s tearful Harry Herbert. “Whether it’s the stable team (trainer) Sir Michael Stoute and all of his group, or whether its us at Highclere and all my team, who work so hard, and the owners, who put so much money into it – it comes downs to suddenly being dealt the card that you’ve dreamt of all your life, and this is it. Right now its happened and, for everyone out there, get into racehorse ownership because, I promise you, it brings grown men down to their knees with tears”.