Thursday 22 February 2018

Redvers laments Harbour absence

Harbour Watch will soon step up his recovery from injury as his connections dream of what might have been in yesterday's 2,000 Guineas.

The Richard Hannon-trained colt was unbeaten in three juvenile starts and was towards the forefront of the Guineas market before a setback ruled him out of the Rowley Mile Classic.

David Redvers, racing manager for part-owners Qatar Bloodstock, feels the three-year-old would have taken a lot of beating had he lined up in yesterday's race won in good style by Aidan O'Brien's favourite Camelot.

"He's about to start cantering again and he looks absolutely magnificent," said Redvers. "It's heart-breaking he wasn't able to run in the Guineas as there is definitely not a single horse in the race I would swap him for. We're looking forward to getting him back on track as he's very, very exciting."

Meanwhile, Dermot Weld's high-class filly Unaccompanied is set to bypass the High Chaparral European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes at The Curragh tomorrow.

The dual Grade One-winning hurdler made a triumphant return to the Flat with an impressive performance at Navan last weekend and is likely to make her mark in Pattern company before the season is out.

She had St Nicholas Abbey behind when winning a Listed race at The Curragh a little over a year ago and could have renewed rivalries with that horse in tomorrow's Group Three, but she is an unlikely starter.

"She was very good in Navan the other day but as far as I know, she won't be running again on Monday," said Stan Cosgrove, racing manger for owners Moyglare Stud.

"I don't really know what the next plan is with her. She has plenty of options for the season and we will see what Dermot wants to do next."

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