Clive Cox is supremely confident that Harry Angel will add to his Group One tally when he returns to the racetrack in 2018.
The Godolphin-owned speedster has enjoyed a stellar three-year-old campaign that included a brace of top level successes via the July Cup at Newmarket and Haydock’s Sprint Cup.
However, he was not able to round off his season with victory in the Champions Sprint at Ascot last weekend on British Champions Day, managing only fourth as Dean Ivory’s Librisa Breeze grabbed the win.
Harry Angel took up the running some way out under Adam Kirby but his usual turn of foot was missing on the soft ground at Ascot.
Cox is satisfied with a season that also saw Harry Angel shattering the track record at Haydock over six furlongs in the Sandy Lane Stakes, and he is confident of more big days and big wins next season.
“I’m pleased to report he has come back from Ascot very well,” said the Lambourn-based trainer.
“It was a bit of a slog and it was just a little bit too deep a test of his stamina on the day.
“We are all very much of the opinion we have got an exceptional horse for next year as he has proved he is a top-flight performer.
“There is no shadow of a doubt that he will win more Group One races.
“To do what he has done as a three-year-old this year was quite a hard task and we are looking forward to next year with him.”
Harry Angel is a 4/1 chance to win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot next summer.
Ascot winner Librisa Breeze can be backed at 11/1 to win that Group One sprint prize, while William Haggas’ Tasleet, second in the Champions Sprint, is 10/1 in the ante-post market for Royal meeting contest.
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