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Can Harry Angel fly the flag for
Godolphin at Royal Ascot?
The Godolphin team spear headed by the Appleby operation have certainly made a flying start to the current campaign. There is no doubt they will be looking to challenge Ballydoyle in many of the Group 1’s throughout the season. They have in recent years struggled to have that real star horse to fly the flag but this looks to have changed. Harry Angel returned this week with a stunning victory in the Group 2 Duke of York. He was very restless in the stalls and shot out of the gate. Kirby settled him in slightly off the pace but took up the running from two out and cleared away. This was a real eye catching performance and one that firmly stamps him down as the one to beat throughout the year in the division.

The 4 year old trained by a master of sprinters in Clive Cox has already gathered over £600,000 in prize money following contesting many of the major sprint races in previous seasons. His career record to date stands at five victories from his nine starts while also finishing second in three of the other starts. This shows the consistency of the horse at the top level.

He started last season with a tall reputation following a high class victory in the Mill Reef where he defeated a top class Group 2 field with ease by over two lengths on his final start of his two year old season. Harry Angel started his three year old campaign with defeat behind the Godolphin trained Blue Point. This was a performance where he clearly should have won if able to settle and rather threw the race away. In addition he was also giving away a four pound penalty to the winner. Harry was then pitched into another Group 2 at Haydock. This was the Sandy lane stakes and he was sent off at a shade of odds on. This was an incredible performance where he defeated a top class field by over four lengths and in the process stamping himself as a champion in waiting.

His next start was in the big one at Royal Ascot in the Commonwealth Cup. The Group 1 was stacked with talent but he again ran far too keen having been pestered for the lead through out from the Ballydoyle pacemaker. This resulted in him being picked up in the final furlong by another star in Caravaggio. Harry was then sent to the July cup at Newmarket and completely turned the form around shooting clear to win very impressively over the likes of Limato. His trainer was hailing him as the horse of a life time with so much ability. Another jaw dropping performance followed in the Sprint Cup at Haydock where he cleared away to win by over four lengths. This firmly stamped the horse as one of the greatest sprinters we have seen for a long time. Winning these competitive sprints by several lengths is usually unheard of.

Harry Angel’s final start of the season was a disappointing one on Champions day. There were several excuses however with him again struggling to settle and in addition with the very soft ground. This was the end of a long season for the horse so this was clearly a race to forget. He is clearly the top current sprinter in training and one to really look forward to this season. His main target of the year is likely to be the Diamond Jubilee stakes at Royal Ascot and if he brings his top form again to the table then he is without a doubt the most likely winner. You can have a bet on Royal Ascot and Star Sports currently make him 3/1 to go on and land the big one in a few weeks time.
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