Harbinger (horse)

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Harbinger at 2010 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.jpg
Harbinger ridden by Olivier Peslier led in by Harry Herbert after winning King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Sire Dansili
Grandsire Danehill
Dam Penang Pearl
Damsire Bering
Sex Stallion
Foaled 12 March 2006
Country Great Britain
Colour Bay with white blaze
Breeder Mrs. A.K.H. Ooi
Owner Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Adm. Rous)
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute
Record 9: 6-1-1
Earnings £765,003[1]
Major wins
Gordon Stakes (2009)
John Porter Stakes (2010)
Ormonde Stakes (2010)
Hardwicke Stakes (2010)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2010)
1st in World Thoroughbred Rankings (2010)
Timeform rating: 140
Last updated on 25 July 2010

Harbinger (foaled 12 March 2006) is a retired thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2010.


Harbinger is a bay horse with a white blaze and white socks on his hind legs. He was sold at yearling auction for 180,000 guineas and entered into the ownership of the Admiral Rous group, one of several syndicates operated by Highclere Throroughbred Racing. Harbinger was trained by Sir Michael Stoute at his Freemason Lodge stable in Newmarket, Suffolk.

Racing career[edit]

His first season of racing was as a three-year-old in 2009, where he won two of his five starts including the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood. He returned as a four-year-old with a win in the John Porter Stakes, which was followed by wins in the Ormonde Stakes and Hardwicke Stakes.

Those performances saw him start second favourite in the King George behind his stable companion Workforce, the winner of the 2010 Epsom Derby. Ryan Moore, who had ridden Harbinger in all his previous races, elected to ride Workforce, with the ride on the second favourite being taken by the French jockey Olivier Peslier. However, Harbinger proved to be far too good in the King George, winning by 11 lengths over a field which also included Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco, triple Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runner-up Youmzain and Hong Kong Vase winner Daryakana.[2] The time was a track record, beating the previous race record set by Grundy in 1975, albeit at the old Ascot track.[3] He was then made a short-priced favourite for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and officially rated the best flat horse in the world.

Before running in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Harbinger prepared to run in the International Stakes. Harbinger suffered a leg fracture while on the gallops at Sir Michael Stoute's yard.[4] He was subsequently retired from racing.[5][6]

Stud record[edit]

Harbinger was retired in 2011 to the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan and is standing there for the 2013 season.[7]


Pedigree of Harbinger (GB), bay horse, 2006[1]
Dansili (GB)
Danehill (USA)
Danzig Northern Dancer
Pas de Nom
Razyana His Majesty
Spring Adieu
Hasili (IRE)
Kahyasi Ile de Bourbon
Kerali High Line
Penang Pearl (FR)
Bering (GB)
Arctic Tern Sea Bird
Bubbling Beauty
Beaune Lyphard
Guapa (GB)
Shareef Dancer Northern Dancer
Sweet Alliance
Sauceboat Connaught
Cranberry Sauce (Family 1-k)
  • Harbinger was inbred 4 x 4 x 5 to Northern Dancer, meaning that this stallion appears twice in the fourth, and once (as the sire of Lyphard) in the fifth generation of his pedigree.


  1. ^ a b "Harbinger pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Harbinger lands impressive King George victory at Ascot". BBC Sport. 2010-07-24. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  3. ^ Will Hayler, Harbinger rated better than Sea The Stars by Timeform, guardian.co.uk, Sunday 25 July 2010
  4. ^ Keogh, Frank (2010-08-08). "World's top-rated horse Harbinger suffers fractured leg". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  5. ^ Chris Cook, Harbinger, the world's top racehorse, suffers leg injury at Newmarket, guardian.co.uk, Saturday 7 August 2010
  6. ^ "Injured Harbinger forced to retire from racing". BBC Sport. 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  7. ^ "Harbinger (GB)". Stallion Register Online. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 

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