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A Harbinger of doom for the bookies.

HARBINGER is taken to atone for his Great Voltigeur Stakes flop at York in August by landing Newbury's Group 3 totesport. com St Simon Stakes (2.35).

Carrying the colours of the upmarket syndicate, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, Harbinger was in the picture for the St Leger before returning last of seven behind Monitor Closely two months ago.

But that patently wasn't his running - Sir Michael Stoute had produced the late-developer to win at Chester in May before Harbinger took the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood at the end of July.

There's more to come from a horse who has had just four career starts, and Harbinger, who is expected to remain in training in 2010, can get his career back on track.

The Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes (2.05) looks a good opportunity for PASTORAL PLAYERto show the sweeter side of his nature.

Hughie Morrison's juvenile was well fancied for Redcar's Two-Year-Old Trophy at the start of the month but disgraced himself by refusing to enter the stalls.

Morrison assures the betting public his son of Pastoral Pursuits is over his aversion to the starting gates, and there's no doubt the colt impressed with his debut success over six furlongs here last month.

Despite looking as thick as two short planks, Pastoral Player got the hang of what was needed entering the final furlong and wasn't seriously extended to beat Locksley Hall by a neck and earn a step up in class.

A week after winning the Champion Stakes, Henry Cecil can hit the bullseye in the RBL County Poppy Appeal Stakes (3.45) with JACQUELINE QUEST.

The EBF Bathwick Tyres Fillies' Handicap (3.10) makes zero appeal as a betting medium but, for those desperate to get involved, GLEN MOLLY has had a break since disappointing at Newmarket in August and is capable of further progress.


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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 24, 2009
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