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“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.”
The jockey’s assertion had even more credence when Harry Angel followed up in superb fashion on heavy going at Haydock, making all and winning by four lengths.
Harry Angel had previously confirmed himself a top-notch sprinter when finishing runner-up to Caravaggio 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 [Caravaggio] 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.
Harry Angel began his campaign as a four-year-old with a two-length defeat of the racefit Brando in the Duke Of York Stakes, when conceding weight.
However, things went badly astray in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on his next start when he grew agitated in the stalls and lost all chance at the start. To add insult to injury, he suffered a cut leg and had to miss his defence of the July Cup.
He was able to try for back-to-back wins in the Sprint Cup but he faded to finish sixth after racing freely in the rain-soaked ground.
On his latest start he beat all bar Sands Of Mali in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint. He travelled strongly but could not pick up in the rain-softened ground, much as 12 months earlier when fourth in the same race.
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