Last year’s Richmond Stakes winner at Glorious Goodwood, Harbour Watch, faces a race against time to be fit for the opening Classic of the season in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.
Richard Hannon’s two-year old was making his third racecourse start when he despatched the 10-runner field in the Group Two contest over 6f to remain unbeaten.
The part Qatar Bloodstock-owned horse was set to run in the Dewhurst Stakes in 2011 but an injury put an end to his season. A new setback has now made his participation at Newmarket in May uncertain at this stage.
Racing manager to Qatar Bloodstock, David Redvers, believes the horse will be back to his best by the time the Royal Meeting at Ascot comes around in June.
“Basically it’s all related to last year’s injury,” he added. “My view has always been that our real aim was to get him back for Royal Ascot.
“I want to give him as much time as possible and I didn’t want him to be pushed to go somewhere early.”
If Harbour Watch does run in the 2000 Guineas he could come up against the unbeaten Camelot who won the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster at the back end of last season. The Irish superstar trained by Aiden O’Brien is a son of Montjeu and is also favourite for the Derby at Epsom in June.
Most Improved is behind Camelot in the market for the race after attracting support over the last couple of weeks. Brian Meehan’s three-year old finished third in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October behind Parish Hall and Power, who is also from the O’Brien yard.
Prior to the derby of course the ‘World’s greatest steeplechase’ – the Grand National at Aintree. With a number of punters hoping to use their Grand National free bet to make some money on the famous race. Junior and Gold Cup winner Synchronised are the cuccrent favourites priced at 10/1.