Harbour Watch: unbeaten juvenile failed to make the track at threePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Hannon's smart juvenile Harbour Watch retired
RICHARD HANNON on Monday paid tribute to Harbour Watch, who has been retired after connections finally abandoned attempts to get him back on the racetrack.
The colt, one-time ante-post favourite for this year's 2,000 Guineas, won all his three races as a two-year-old but had not run since landing the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, having sustained a hind leg injury during preparation for a crack at the Dewhurst.
He had been in training this season and even took part in a racecourse gallop in July at Newbury with a view to running at Glorious Goodwood but a succession of putative comeback targets, the latest last week's Park Stakes at Doncaster, were missed.
Hannon had rated the colt among his very best and he had been compared with Canford Cliffs, who also raced for Robin Heffer. Heffer sold a half-share in the horse to Qatar Bloodstock, although Harbour Watch never raced for the new ownership.
"He was a very good horse," said Hannon. "He was top class. It's a terrible shame he's had to retire. We tried very hard to get him going and everybody has been very patient but it just hasn't come right. He'd have been up there with the best of them."