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‘Thrilled’ Clive Cox targeting Haydock and Ascot with sprint king Harry Angel

Sunday 16 July 2017

By Racinguk.com staff

Clive Cox is looking forward to the rest of the season with Harry Angel after the three-year-old stamped his authority on the sprinting division with victory in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Harry Angel became the 36th three-year-old winner of the Group One sprint on Saturday and was the third straight victor to have run in the Commonwealth Cup.

The Lambourn trainer is targeting the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock in September and the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot in October, following his triumph from last year's winner Limato in what looked a vintage renewal of the all-aged six-furlong championship.

In doing so, Harry Angel turned the tables on his Commonwealth Cup conqueror, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Caravaggio, who was a never-nearer fourth.

"I was really thrilled. It was a performance to be proud of and he's come out of the race well. He's fine," said Cox.

"Everyone was there - it was a very well contested July Cup. I think it will be Haydock next. I'd say that would be the one and the Champions Day Sprint, hopefully.

"He's very versatile from a ground point of view."

By underlining those two domestic targets Cox has effectively ruled out any chance of traveling to Australia for the inaugural The Everest sprint at Randwick on October 14, a week before Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot. 

William Hill remain 7-4 about Harry Angel for the Haydock Sprint Cup on September 9, while Limato, Caravaggio and The Tin Man can all be backed at 8-1. 

The July Cup was billed as a race for the ages in the build-up and 15,487 racegoers attended on the final day of the three-day Moët and Chandon July Festival. That is a 4% year-on-year rise on Darley July Cup Day. The total attendance for the three-day meeting was 41,926, a 5% increase on 2016.

“We are absolutely thrilled with how the last three days have gone," Amy Starkey, Regional Director of the Jockey Club East Region, said. "To be 5% up on attendance compared to 2016 is fantastic and also means we have recorded another modern day attendance for the Festival overall and the team stand firm in their confidence and commitment in growing the July Festival further."

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