In 2010 Highclere climbed the highest peak. After his win in Ascot’s King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes that July, Harbinger was the best horse on the planet. In the annual World Thoroughbred Rankings he was allotted 135, six pounds ahead of the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame, and anyone who saw his final racecourse appearance will not wonder why.

In the last furlong Harbinger put an astonishing eleven lengths between himself and a field which included the English and Irish Derby winners, Workforce and Cape Blanco, as well as the dual Arc de Triomphe second Youmzain. The clock stopped at 2minutes 26.78 for the mile and a half. Harbinger had taken almost half a second off the record.

It was the sixth victory in a nine race career which exemplified the policy of patience and of keeping faith. For while the bay Dansili colt had the quality to make 180,000 guineas as a yearling, the Admiral Rous Syndicate had only stable visits and Sir Michael Stoute’s cautious optimism during Harbinger’s unraced two year old season. But it was worth the wait.



Dansili (GB)

Penang Pearl (GB)

Danehill (USA)

Hasili (IRE)


Guapa (GB)

Race record

Date Racecourse Race name
  Distance Jockey Position Racing Post race result
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24/07/2010 Ascot The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr 1)
1m4f Olivier Peslier 1st Link to race result
19/06/2010 Ascot The Hardwicke Stakes (Gr 2)
1m4f Ryan Moore 1st Link to race result
07/05/2010 Chester The Ormonde Stakes (Gr 3)
1m5.5f Ryan Moore 1st Link to race result
17/04/2010 Newbury The John Porter Stakes (Gr 3)
1m4f Ryan Moore 1st Link to race result
24/10/2009 Newbury The St Simon Stakes (Gr 3)
1m4f Ryan Moore 3rd Link to race result
18/08/2009 York The Great Voltigeur Stakes (Gr 2)
1m4f Ryan Moore Unplaced Link to race result
28/07/2009 Goodwood The Gordon Stakes (Gr 3)
1m4f Ryan Moore 1st Link to race result
06/05/2009 Chester The Hull City A.F.C Premier Dream Maiden Stakes
1m2.5f Ryan Moore 1st Link to race result
16/04/2009 Newmarket Rowley Mile The Wood Ditton Stakes
1m Ryan Moore 2nd Link to race result

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