Harry Angel 'even stronger' ahead of 2018 Royal Ascot redemption campaign
Top British sprinter Harry Angel hasn't had the best of luck at Royal Ascot to date, but he's back in better shape than ever according to trainer Clive Cox.
Jockey Ryan Moore on Caravaggio (L) wins the Commonwealth Cup in front of Harry Angel. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Sprinting star Harry Angel is "even stronger" as he progresses towards another attempt at Royal Ascot riches.
The Godolphin-raced four-year-old hasn't been able to win at Royal Ascot in four attempts, which included a second-place finish in the 2017 Commonwealth Cup behind Caravaggio, but trainer Clive Cox believes he's 'even stronger this year'.
The Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes is a possible target for Harry Angel and Cox is confident with his sprinter, which is currently rated the best in the world over six furlongs.
"We’re incredibly proud to have a horse of his calibre on our hands,” Cox told Racing Post.
"Everything came together last year and he proved what he’d been showing us was possible.
"He’s rated the world’s best sprinter over six furlongs and I’m delighted that from three to four there was more progress in his physical development - I think he’s even stronger again this year.e’s more mature mentally too and, with that, I think he’s going to be an even better racehorse."
The July Cup winner hasn't been without his quality wins and the Duke of York Stakes looks a logical warm-up race leading into Royal Ascot for the talented sprinter.
"There were many highlights last season but the way he exploded at Haydock was very special and the July Cup was probably the most solid form of the whole lot," Cox continued.
"I think the Duke of York Stakes is a logical stepping stone to Royal Ascot in the first part of the season and beyond that the pattern is pretty clear, with hopefully the July Cup and Haydock Sprint Cup again.
"He’s very exciting."
Looking to go one better than Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup will be stablemate Heartache, which defeated Happy Like A Fool in the 2017 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
"She’s thrived and I’m hopeful we can think about the Commonwealth Cup with her," Cox added.
"I firmly believe she’ll get six furlongs well as a three-year-old and the Sandy Lane at Haydock is where we’re thinking about starting her.
"She’s got a wonderful temperament and is a joy to train."