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Monday, August 9, 2010


Harry Herbert, of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, would like to make the following statement on behalf of the owners of the Admiral Rous Syndicate;

“It is with regret that it has been decided to retire Harbinger from racing.

Thanks to the professionalism of the veterinary surgeons Bruce Bladon of O’Gorman Slater & Main, Andrew Bathe of Rossdale & Partners and Antony Clements of Baker & McVeigh, the operation which was undertaken at Rossdales Hospital in Newmarket has been very successful.

“We are pleased to report that thankfully the horse is recovering well. The decision to retire Harbinger is based on the welfare of the horse which is paramount to all concerned. The owners, for whom this is very sad, are naturally sorry that their great horse has had his racing career cut short.

“However, Harbinger has given all concerned the ultimate thrill at the very highest level. The highest rated horse in the world, Harbinger won six of his nine starts and is undefeated this year. In winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot so impressively and then producing one of the greatest performances of all time to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by eleven lengths in record time, Harbinger has confirmed himself as one of the all time greats.”


Top British pop band, ‘Scouting For Girls’ are set to play live on stage after racing at Doncaster on Saturday (August 14) – a new Saturday afternoon fixture on Town Moor.

Fronted by Roy Stride on keyboard, with Greg Churchouse (bass) and Pete Ellard (drums), ‘Scouting For Girls’ released their latest album, ‘Everybody Wants To Be On TV’ earlier this year, preceded by their single, ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’. They are a leading band in British pop and their performance at Doncaster is eagerly awaited as once again the top music acts come to Town Moor to combine with the racing. The boys will take to the stage when racing has finished (the final race is scheduled for 5-45 p.m.).

The seven-race programme on the track is set to begin at 2-20 p.m. and prior to the racing action, there’s a parade of Standard Bearers from The Royal British Legion on the course and in the parade ring. Collections will be made for the RBL, the nation’s leading charity supporting British service personnel who have served and are serving in the armed forces. It should be a colourful start to what promises to be a tremendous day at Doncaster.

The fully-sponsored includes races supported by The Crown Hotel Bawtry, Centurion Europe, Close Building Services Doncaster, The Zest Bar & Grill Doncaster, Universal Recycling, Lovell Respond and The Royal British Legion.

This is Doncaster’s last meeting before next month’s prestigious four-day St. Leger Festival and tickets for both Saturday and the Festival can be pre-booked from the racecourse office.

The giant screen, situated opposite the main stands will enable racegoers to see all of the action. A shuttle bus service will be in operation from the railway station (1-30 single and £2-20 return).

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