Harry Angel’s build up has gone well
Harry Angel, who thrived during a season of relentless high achievement in 2017, back on the racecourse. The Godolphin-owned speedster landed two Group 1s last year – the July Cup and Haydock Sprint Cup – in scintillating style, and his trainer Clive Cox reports him to be a “stronger, more mature” horse now.
“I’m very pleased with him,” Cox said. “He looks even stronger this year after a good winter on his back. He’s done well in the build-up to this race and, while I expect him to come forward for the run, he’s in a good place at present.”
The conditions of the race mean that Harry Angel must concede weight all round, but Cox is not unduly perturbed by that.
“He has strengthened up both mentally and physically, which is good because he will be required to carry a Group 1 penalty for what he achieved last year,” the trainer said.
“It was unbelievable what he achieved – taking on older horses and beating them as a three-year-old was great.”
All being well, York is a stepping stone to Royal Ascot in June for the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes ahead of a defence of his July Cup crown at Newmarket the following month.