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Harbour Watch - Goodwood 29.07.2011

Harbour Watch: unbeaten juvenile has been retired

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

Harbour Watch to
stand at Tweenhills

HARBOUR WATCH, an unbeaten juvenile and one-time favourite for this year's 2,000 Guineas, has been retired to stand at Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire.

The decision to draw stumps with the Richard Hannon-trained son of Acclamation was taken due to a long-running injury problem, after he had fractured a cannonbone in his hind leg prior to running in the Dewhurst Stakes last season.

"The fracture meant four screws had to be inserted and unfortunately whenever he worked at Richard's he would often pull out lame on that leg the next day," said Tweenhills boss David Redvers, who purchased Harbour Watch last year for Qatar Racing after his success in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes. "He had developed as a three-year-old and is a stunning physical specimen, at 16.1 hands."

Harbour Watch arrived at Tweenhills on Tuesday where he will stand next season alongside Makfi and Sleeping Indian. A fee has yet to be set.

Redvers said the prospect of racing Harbour Watch, who never ran in the Qatar Racing colours, had been considered but said: "We didn't want people to forget what a brilliant horse he was, who after all is retiring to stud unbeaten.

"He's certainly the best-bred son of Acclamation to retire to stud, having Fall Aspen as his third dam."

Harbour Watch's pedigree has also been enhanced by the success in South Africa of his year-older half-sister Europa Point, a Rock Of Gibraltar filly who has won twice at Group 1 level.

Their dam Gorband, by Woodman, is a half-sister to dual Group 2 winner Kabool and Listed winner Sharaf Kabeer. Third dam Fall Aspen has a superb record, having produced four Group/Grade 1 winners in Northern Aspen, Hamas, Timber Country and Fort Wood. She is also the granddam of Dubai Millennium, Elnadim and Mehthaaf.

Unbeaten in three starts as a juvenile, Harbour Watch was even-money favourite when winning the Richmond in which subsequent Gimcrack Stakes winner Caspar Netscher was third.

 

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