Hardwicke Stakes winner Harbinger is likely to miss the 150th Melbourne Cup this November at the 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival, opting for Group 1 glory in Europe instead.
Australian horse racing fans have been eager to see the highly publicised Harbinger make a trip to the famous Flemington racecourse for the world’s richest handicap on the first Tuesday of November.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Harbinger was super impressive when he claimed a brilliant three and a quarter length victory in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes (2400m), with connections hinting at a sting in the coveted Melbourne Cup. But the strong stayer, owned by a 12-man syndicate that includes VRC committee member Peter Barnett, is now more likely to head to France for the Prix d’lArc de Triomphe in October.
The Highclere Syndications headed by Harry Herbert still have their sights set on the time-honoured Melbourne Cup with three-year-old colt Theology. Most recently Theology ran a gallant third to Mikhail Glinka in the Group 3 Queen’s Vase (3200m) at Royal Ascot last week.
Herbert and the Highclere Syndications previously owned the 2004 Melbourne Cup sixth placegetter Distinction, who ran a listless 19th the following year.