Sir Michael Stoute has a fine record with older horses and we'll put our faith in HARBINGER to enhance that claim by beating the likes of Purple Moon, Akmaal, Halicarnassus and Clowance. Our selection made his debut in the Wood Ditton last year, evidence of the regard in which he's held, and ran well for second before taking a maiden in rudimentary fashion at Chester. A subsequent Group Three win at Goodwood saw the Dansili colt promoted to St Leger favouritism before he disappointed thereafter, however it's surely significant that he's been kept in training and our feeling is the best is yet to come. Purple Moon, a former winner of the Ebor, has developed into a high-class sort and carries the highest official rating of 115. He's been globe-trotting though and perhaps those exertions will have taken the edge of him, so we're prepared to look elsewhere. Akmaal did nothing but improve last season and is a horse to keep on the right side but this is very much his minimum trip and there will be other days for John Dunlop's horse, Clowance has a good record fresh and an even better one at this track so should run well whilst Halicarnassus is a tough sort who could bounce back from a lifeless display in Dubai last time. Buxted is unbeaten so far and continues to improve but this will be his toughest test and he's untried on turf, so more of a threat may be Traffic Guard who is rated 114 and fully deserves it. A tight Group Three that can go to Harbinger with conditions ideal and a good deal more to come.
Halicarnassus (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) in a race won by Campanologist (8-13) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f stks G2 gf in Mar, 13 ran.
Akmal 9-4fav (8-4) Led after 2f, steadied pace 10f out, gradually increased pace from 4f out, ridden and ran on gamely towards finish, won at Newmarket 2m Grp 3 (1) gd in Oct beating Nehaam (8-4) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Allied Powers (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Chased hard,tired str, 7th of 8, 11l behind Champs Elysees (9-0) at Woodbine(USA) 1m 4f Grp 1 stks gf in Oct.
Balkan Knight 11-2 (9-0) Held up, switched left 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Veracity (9-0) at Newmarket 2m Grp 3 (1) gd in Oct '08.
Dansili Dancer 8-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, switched left to challenge 2f out, led over 1f out, driven clear, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar beating King Olav (9-5) by 6l, 14 ran.
Furmigadelagiusta 15-8fav (9-6) Raced wide, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 31l behind Merchant Of Dubai (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 4f stks (2) gs in Mar.
Purple Moon (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Tracked leader; every chance final 300m; just failed, 3rd of 15, hd behind Eastern Anthem (9-0) at Nad Al Sheba(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar '09.
Traffic Guard (USA) 5-1 (9-2) 8th of 10, 23l behind Cirrus Des Aigles (8-11) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f Group 2 sks in Oct.
Blizzard Blues (USA) 11-2 (8-11) Pushed along early, soon in touch, lost place and dropped to rear 3f out, driven over 1f out, ran on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Peligroso (8-11) at York 1m 2f cond Stakes (3) gd in Oct.
Buxted (IRE) 5-2fav (9-0) Held up, ridden 2f out, ran on strongly to lead final strides, won at Kempton 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) pol in Mar beating Record Breaker (9-2) by 1l, 8 ran.
Claremont (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) 6th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Campanologist (8-13) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f stks G2 gf in Mar.
Harbinger 6-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden and effort 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 11, 6l behind High Heeled (8-7) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Manifest 4-6fav (9-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, chased winner over 3f out, ridden 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Akmal (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 6f 3yo Listed stks (1) gf in Oct.
Oasis Knight (IRE) 4-1 (8-4) Keen in touch, ridden to chase winner 2f out till 1f out, one pace inisde final furlong, 5th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Akmal (8-4) at Newmarket 2m Grp 3 (1) gd in Oct.
Clowance 4-1 (9-1) 4th of 9, 6l behind Ask (9-4) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 7f stk sft in Oct.
Polly's Mark (IRE) 2-1fav (8-12) Tracked leaders on rails, led on inner over 2f out, driven and edged left inside final furlong and kept on until headed final stride, 2nd of 8, shd behind Spirit Of Dubai (8-9) at Ascot 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gd in Sep.