Click above to watch Harbinger (Dansili)
winning the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1)
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HARBINGER BY DANSILI
Following his devastating record-breaking performance in last Saturday’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) at Ascot, Harbinger (GB) (Dansili) has jumped from a rating of 123 to one of 135 to become the world’s highest-rated Thoroughbred, according to the British Horseracing Authority’ssenior handicapper Phil Smith.
“All his performances this year have been progressive, and I expected him to a run a big race, but I didn’t think he’d win and I certainly didn’t think he’d win like that. We looked at the second horse, Irish Derby (G1) winner Cape Blanco (Ire) (Galileo), and imagined what if Harbinger had not been in the race. Cape Blanco was rated 119 going into the King George, and so we took the view that he had replicated that rating. We therefore had to decide what we called the 11 lengths. We took the view it was worth 16 pounds, which would be pretty much the norm, and that brings Harbinger out on 135. Harbinger is the best horse in the world today, but he’s not the best horse ever and he has a lot to prove. We would want him to do it again before we can get him into the late 130’s or early 140’s. We’ve got plenty to look forward to before the end of the year. It was a “wow” race.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News