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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 December 2018

Godolphin's Harry Angel leads the charge in Sprint Cup at Haydock

Three-year-old colt starred at the July Cup and is the favourite heading in to Saturday's race.

Harry Angel ridden by Adam Kirby, left, wins the July Cup at Newmarket Racecourse. Rui Vieira / Press Association
Harry Angel ridden by Adam Kirby, left, wins the July Cup at Newmarket Racecourse. Rui Vieira / Press Association

After scooping his first Group 1 prize at the July Cup, Harry Angel is out to build on that success and underline his status as the leading sprinter from the new generation in Europe.

The Clive Cox-trained three-year-old son of Dark Angel takes on the same trio - Limato, Brando and Caravaggio – that chased him home in an intriguing re-match in the Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday. Also in the mix is Tin Man, the dual Group 1 winner who was five lengths down the field at Newmarket.

Harry Angel has never been outside of the top two in his six starts and Cox is confident the Godolphin colt can complete successive Group 1 victories.

“He is a happy, pleasing individual to deal with. He is confident in himself, and he has personality,” Cox said. “In the early days, he was exuberant and just very fast. But it has been pleasing for me, as his trainer, to see that personality of his really develop as he has started to grow up.

“I think the way he has been campaigned, he is still progressing. The July Cup was his most professional performance to date."

Godolphin are double-handed in the race with the Charlie Appleby-trained Blue Point.

The Shamardal colt under James Doyle was third in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup behind Caravaggio and Harry Angel.

Caravaggio has since been a bit disappointing, finishing fourth behind Harry Angel and sixth to Brando in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest in France.

The Kevin Ryan-trained Brando has strengthened his claim with that victory. Tasleet, trained by William Haggas for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid, can spring a surprise.

The spotlight will be at the Curragh on Sunday with three Group 1 prizes, including the Irish St Leger.

Godolphin has entered Endless Time and Twilight Payment in the St Leger in which Big Orange, the Ascot Gold Cup winner, headlines the field.