07/28/2009 12:00AM

Stoute stays red-hot with Harbinger


Harbinger continued Michael Stoute's hot streak at Goodwood on Tuesday with a convincing score in the Group 3, $115,000 Gordon Stakes, an early 1 1/2-mile prep for the classic St. Leger Stakes. Last year, Harbinger's stablemate Conduit won both those races and went on to win the Breeders' Cup Turf.

Fresh from sweeping the first three places in Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Conduit, Tartan Bearer, and Ask, Stoute now has the St. Leger favorite as the 11-4 Harbinger defeated Firebet by 1 3/4 lengths in the very slow time of 2:39.98 on good ground. A son of Dansili, Harbinger was making his third career start, and will surely improve when he goes next in the 1 1/2-mile, Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on Aug. 18.

The favorites were nowhere to be seen in the $255,000 Lennox Stakes as Finjaan came late to win the seven-furlong Group 2 by a half-length from Balthazaar's Gift. Only ninth behind Sea the Stars in the 2000 Guineas, the Marcus Tregoning-trained Finjaan had won last year's Molecomb Stakes and was sent off at 5-1. He beat the first two choices, J J the Jet Plane and Main Aim, into seventh and eighth in the eight-runner field while clocking 1:26.46.

A half-hour later, the odds-on Monsieur Chevalier landed this year's Molecomb, knifing through the field to take the five-furlong Group 3 by 1 1/4 lengths to win for the sixth time in seven career starts.

* Thursday, Day 3 of the five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting, features the Group 2, $165,000 Goodwood Cup at two miles. Won by Yeats in two of the last three years, it will go without the four-time Ascot Gold Cup winner but will include Caracciola, winner of the 2 3/4-mile Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot. A 12-year-old gelding, Caracciola has since been switched from Nicky Henderson, who is serving a three-month suspension for one of his horses having tested positive for Lasix, and is now with Barry Hills. Godolphin's Schiaparelli, who finished second but was placed third in the 1 1/2-mile, Group 2 Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket three weeks ago, is preferred.

* Ialysos, the "Greek Freak," who is 9 for 10 lifetime and the winner of a listed race at Sandown on July 4, looms large in the Group 3, $115,000 King George Stakes. The Luca Cumani-trained Ialysos will have his hands full in this five-furlong dash with Borderlescott, winner of the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes last year and the recent winner of a listed race at Chester, and Kingsgate Native, winner of last year's Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.