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Harbour could make Curragh return

Richard Hannon's Harbour Watch could make his seasonal reappearance in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 26.

Winner of all of his three starts as a juvenile, including the Group Two Richmond Stakes, the brilliant colt was forced to miss the Dewhurst after sustaining an injury to a hind leg and Hannon would not be afraid to skip the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket if he is not ready in time.

The setback was initially thought to be minor, but by October connections had warned he faced a race against time to make it back in time for Newmarket. While still holding on to hope he might line up, Hannon would have no qualms in saving him for Irish Guineas and Royal Ascot.

He told his website, "It is a case of so far, so good, and, like all our other horses at this time of the year, Harbour Watch is doing steady slow work.

"He is too good a horse to take chances with, as you saw when he won the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, but, while he would not be ready in time for the Greenham at Newbury in April, we have not given up hope that he might yet make the Guineas.

"However, if the clock beats us, then so be it.

"We know that Harbour Watch is a bit special and he will be treated accordingly, but if he can't make Newmarket there is always the Irish 2000 Guineas and Royal Ascot."


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