Harbour Watch freshman favourite in UK-Ireland

Harbour Watch (Ire) has firmed from $6 into a $3 for the UK-Ireland first-season premiership by individual winners this year.

The Emirates Park shuttler has usurped early favourite Frankel ($4) at the head of markets.  Coolmore Stud’s Excelebration is next $4.50 and other Australian freshmen include Sepoy ($21), Foxwedge ($26), Elzaam ($34) and Helmet ($41).

“It’s an amazing market and we’ve laid 17 stallions which is unprecedented,” Joseph Burke of RaceBets said.  “It might prove to be a vintage crop of sires and it will be exciting to see how it pans out.”

Next Saturday’s Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster is the first turf two year-old race of the flat season.

Harbour Watch (Acclamation) shuttled to Emirates Park in association with Qatar Bloodstock.  Trained by Richard Hannon, he won at Salisbury and Newmarket by a combined 9 lengths before breezing to consummate victory in the G2 Richmond Stakes.

Timeform declared his Goodwood Group 2 as “the best performance by a two-year-old in 2011”.

A freak accident prevented Harbour Watch from taking his place in the G1 English 2000 Guineas and he was subsequently retired to Tweenhills Stud.  He has a host of youngsters currently in work with trainers like Richard Hannon, Richard Fahey, Clive Cox, Henry Candy and his former race-rider Richard Hughes now training out of Upper Lambourn in Berkshire.

Harbour Watch stood southern seasons at Emirates Park in 2013 and 2014 but did not return to the Hunter Valley last year.