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Clive Cox has never made any secret of the regard that he has for Harry Angel and the colt has backed that up with some brilliantly speedy performances – the best of them being when landing the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.
Leading over a furlong out, Harry Angel kept on strongly under Adam Kirby to beat Limato, the defending champion, by a length and a quarter.
“I’m so proud that he’s delivered in the fashion that we thought was possible and it’s a wonderful feeling to have a horse like this on our hands,” Cox said.
Kirby added: “He proved how good he is today and I’m delighted. He’s a machine, the best you will see for a long time – I truly believe that.”
Harry Angel had previously confirmed himself a top-notch sprinter when finishing runner-up to Carvaggio in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, being beaten three quarters of a length.
The Dark Angel colt burst out of the stalls under Adam Kirby to take the lead for much of the six-furlong race, but was worn down in the closing stages to finish three-quarters of a length behind.
“It was a great run, a great horse race,” Cox said. “He wore his heart on his sleeve a little bit there but when you take the blindfold off them and they jump that quick there’s not a lot you can do about it.
“It was close; he [Carvaggio] had to work to get us. So I don’t think there’s any doubt. Second in a Group One – I don’t think it will be long before he takes his revenge in a Group One race.”
How right Cox was!
He had easily won the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock on his previous start – breaking the course record in the process and convincing Godolphin he had to be purchased for an undisclosed sum. As a two-year-old had scored in fine style at Newbury.
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