Harbinger Overlooks 150th Melbourne Cup Anniversary

June 21st, 2010

It seems the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Cup is not a big enough draw card to the trainer of the elite staying horse Harbinger – Sir Michael Stoute.

Instead it seems stablemate Theology will be taking to Australian shores to represent in the 150th Melbourne Cup.

The Australian-owned Harbinger won the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes (2400m) over the weekend, with a superb performance seeing him three-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of the runner up.

The strong stayer looked a perfect starter for the 2010 Melbourne Cup which goes ahead on the 2nd of November, but the winner of the Royal Ascot’s trainer has another route in mind.

It looks as though Group 1 King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot next month will lead Harbinger to his target race – the Prix d’larc de Triomphe in October.

Peter Barnett and Paul Davis – both Australian shareholders in the twelve part owned horse, would obviously prefer the prestigious running of the Melbourne Cup to be the ultimate target, although the remaining ten holders of the horse are all UK-based.

Instead it seems stablemate Theology will be taking to Australian shores to represent in the 150th Melbourne Cup.

The three-year-old was runner up in the Group 3 Queen’s Vase (3200m) a Royal Ascot, which has been a good indicator event with Mahler winning it in 2007 before going on and taking the third pot in the Melbourne Cup.

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