Harry Angel wins Duke Of York Stakes on return

Two-time Champions Series winner will head for Diamond Jubilee Stakes on back of a success.

Harry Angel made a winning return at York on Wednesday. Picture: Racingfotos.com

Top sprinter Harry Angel made a successful start to his campaign with an authoritative display in the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes.

A dual QIPCO British Champions winner last season, when he landed the Darley July Cup at Newmarket and the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock, Clive Cox’s charge was the 4-9 favourite on his first start since October, despite having to concede weight to each of his four rivals.

Ornate took the field along for much of the six-furlong journey, with Harry Angel, who had been a little restless in the stalls, racing with plenty of exuberance on his tail.

Adam Kirby asked the market leader to extend inside the final two furlongs and quickly settled matters, pulling two lengths clear of the high-class and race-fit Brando – without being asked for maximum effort.

Next stop for Harry Angel will be next month’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. He is trading between 2-1 and 11-4.