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Monday 20 January 2020

Harbinger is world No 1

Harbinger has smashed his way to the title of top-rated racehorse in the world thanks to his breathtaking performance in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Racing's official assessors raised the Michael Stoute-trained colt forward from a mark of 123 to 135 following his 11-length romp in Ascot's midsummer showpiece on Saturday. But the four-year-old still has room for improvement, according to the experts.

"He's the best horse in the world today, definitely, but he's not the best horse ever," said BHA head of handicapping, Phil Smith.

"It was very impressive. Instantly we've got Harbinger 1lb below Sea The Stars' end-of-season performance (in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe). We would want him to do it again before we can get him into the late 130s or early 140s."

Irish Independent

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