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Harbinger wins the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Ascot 24.07.2010

Harbinger: the easy King George hero is the sixth Group 1 scorer by Dansili

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Harbinger stroll caps Dansili wonder week

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by Betfair (Group 1), Ascot, 1m4f

HARBINGER 4yo b c Dansili - Penang Pearl, by Bering

Breeder: Nick Ooi in Britain

DERBY winner Workforce's lacklustre fifth in Saturday's Betfair-sponsored King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes would have been a bitter disappointment for his owner-breeder, Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms.

But there was one crumb of comfort in the fact that the easy11-length winner, Harbinger, capped a brilliant week of success for one of the operation's flagship stallions.

Dansili had supplied the winners of both Group 3 races at Leopardstown on Thursday night, Famous Name (Meld Stakes) and Zoffany (Tyros Stakes), as well as Bewitched, winner of the Listed Sweet Mimosa Stakes at the Curragh on Wednesday.

Dansili, the first foal produced by Juddmonte's exceptional broodmare Hasili, was a top-class performer, finishing placed in Group 1 company on five occasions without getting his head in front at the top level.

He's more than made up for those near misses, having sired six individual Group 1 winners - Passage Of Time, Price Tag, Proviso, Rail Link, Zambezi Sun and now Harbinger.

Dansili, a son of Danehill, retired to Abdullah's Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket in 2001 at a fee of £8,000, which seems risible now, considering Hasili went on to produce five Group 1 winners.

A steady stream of high-class winners since his first crop raced in 2004 has seen his fee increase and he is now, along with Oasis Dream and Pivotal, the joint-most expensive stallion in Britain at £65,000.

A measure of the high esteem in which he is held by breeders is seen in the mares he covered last year. Among his book were Group 1 winners Alexandrova, Islington, Listen, Magical Romance, Moonstone, Nebraska Tornado, Peeress and Russian Rhythm.

Harbinger's dam, Penang Pearl, by Bering, won the Listed Autumn Stakes at Ascot for Harbinger's breeder Nick Ooi. Harbinger is the third of her five foals to race to have won, and the first to collect black type.

Harbinger also demonstrates the growing influence of veteran sire Bering in maternal families.

Daughters of Bering have already produced Group 1 winners Special Ring and Torrestrella, as well as this year's Derby runner-up At First Sight, while daughters of Bering's best son, Pennekamp, have produced Group-winning siblings Jan Vermeer and Together, as well as this month's Prix Chloe scorer Lily Of The Valley.

Penang Pearl also has a two-year-old colt by Sakhee, called Arnuero, a yearling colt by Zamindar and a filly foal by Manduro.

Harbinger was bought by John Warren at Book 1 of the 2007 Tattersalls October yearling sale, for 180,000gns from the consignment of Kirtlington Stud.




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