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Harry Angel among 17 in the mix for 32Red Sprint Cup

3 Sep 2018

Clive Cox-trained star will seek to become only the second two-time winner of the six-furlong feature.

Harry Angel and Adam Kirby are out of their own at the end of the 32 Red Sprint Cup 12cmonths ago. Will the pair repeat the trick? Picture: John Grossick/Racingfotos.com

Harry Angel heads a possible field of 17 for the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday.

The Clive Cox-trained four-year-old was an emphatic winner of the six-furlong showpiece last year and is seeking to become only the second two-time winner after Be Friendly, who triumphed in 1966 and 1967.

James Garfield and Sir Dancealot have both been supplemented for the sixth race in this year’s Sprint Category of the QIPCO British Champions Series – their respective connections each paying £15,600.

George Scott’s stable star James Garfield came mighty close to claiming Group One glory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville last month when overhauled in the closing stages by Freddy Head’s Polydream.

The David Elsworth-trained Sir Dancealot has won the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket, the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood and the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury this season, all over seven furlongs.

Harry Angel is the general 6/4 favourite as he prepares to make his first appearance since suffering an injury in the stalls at Royal Ascot.

Aidan O’Brien has left in Intelligence Cross, Spirit Of Valor, Fleet Review, Gustav Klimt and Sioux Nation, while his son Joseph is responsible for the only other Irish-trained contender in Speak In Colours.

Other leading hopes include the William Haggas-trained Tasleet, Kevin Ryan’s Brando, Henry Candy’s Limato and The Tin Man from James Fanshawe’s yard.