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Curragh on radar for Harbour

Harbour Watch could be diverted to the Irish 2000 Guineas after trainer Richard Hannon admitted he is "unlikely" to be fit enough to run in the Newmarket version following his latest setback.

The Marlborough trainer is not making definite plans for the unbeaten colt, but has named the Curragh Classic as a possible target, along with the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Harbour Watch was prominent in the betting for the first Classic of the season at Newmarket on May 5 even though he had not run since winning the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood in July after sustained a leg injury. He suffered a problem related to that only last week.

"We have never made any secret of the fact that Harbour Watch faced a race against time to make Newmarket and, following his most recent setback, you would have to say it is unlikely he will make it," the trainer told

"One thing is certain - Harbour Watch won't be running anywhere until we are happy he is 100%.

"He is a very valuable racehorse, and the Irish 2000 Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot are both possibles, but we are no making no concrete plans until he is right again."


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