Newmarket - (Glue Factory News): Ten years to the day since the infamous Limekilns ley lines snaffled Godolphin wonderwhorse Dubai Millenium and the Newmarket gallops track has once again claimed another victim - this time it's Harbinger.
The record-breaking hero of this year's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot has suffered a condylar fracture to his near-fore.
In laymen's terms he broke the cannon bone in his front left leg and will now be hors de combat for at least a year following surgery to pin him back together again.
"Hopefully he won't suffer Dubai Millenium's subsequent fate!" stable lad 'Pikey' Piggot said today recalling how the Dubai World Cup 2000 victor died of grass sickness one year after going to stud.
This afternoon a spokesman for the 12-man syndicate which owns the $16 million wonderhorse was pretty much flabbergasted at the news.
Apparently it will be at least a week before a prognosis on the surgery will be able to dictate what future there is for this awesome wounded champ.
Harbinger had been cut to 11/10 favorite for the Arc de Triomphe after decimating a strong field that included the Epson and Irish Derbby winners as well as Arc hero Youmzain.
The entire card in now suspended as bookies struggle to reappraise the market.
Shergar, of course, is still missing.