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Clive Cox has Harry Angel primed for QIPCO Sprint to savour

16 Oct 2017

Highest-rated sprinter in the world aims to cement his place at the top table on Champions Day

Harry Angel, superb winner of the Darley July Cup and 32Red Sprint Cup, heads a stellar entry of 14 still in the mix for the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes.

The Clive Cox-trained three-year-old, who is owned by Godolphin, is officially rated the highest-rated sprinter in the world.

Seven other speedsters who have won at least one Group 1 race – Caravaggio, The Tin Man (winner of the Sprint last year), Quiet Reflection and Brando – also line up.

In addition, Tasleet, who has been placed in Group 1 races run at Ascot remains in the mix.

 

WHAT THEY SAY:

Clive Cox, the trainer of Harry Angel, said:

“We were thrilled with his performance at Haydock. He’s come back absolutely fine and the time scale between then and Champions Day is perfect. We’ve had a chance to see if he’s in good order and keep him in good order. He’s in a good frame of mind and we are very happy with him.

“We’ve got no concerns from a going point of view, which is great. I know a lot of people say a good horse will go on any ground, but finding that one is pretty difficult in my mind. We are very lucky.

“In The Sandy Lane [on firm going], where he broke the track record, he was very impressive and our concern at Haydock last time was the heavy ground, but we all witnessed he was equally impressive – breathtaking really.”

Reflecting on his early days, Cox added: “He was a baby to begin with, fractitious in the stalls and wanted to get on with life. I’m delighted that with maturity – physically and mentally – he has become the finished article.

“I’m very proud to have been involved in his career; he’s made a huge difference to our lives the way he’s performed and the success he’s achieved. It’s a mighty hot race, as it always is and you’d expect. It’s a great finale to the turf season.”

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