Harry Angel books Royal Ascot place with Sandy Lane win
by Craig Jones for Knightsbridge Bloodstock
Trainer Clive Cox knows how to handle a top sprinter and on Saturday afternoon he unleashed another when Harry Angel won the Sandy Lane at Haydock with ease. In winning the race, he booked his place at Royal Ascot where he will take part in what is shaping up to be a fascinating Commonwealth Cup.
Harry Angel is another promising horse by the sire Dark Angel, a sire who is quickly becoming an important animal in the bloodstock world. The 3 year old colt is out of a Cadeaux Genereux mare named Beatrix Potter and he is definitely the best that she has produced so far.
The Sandy Lane, which is a Group 2 race for 3 year olds, is traditionally a good race, with many horses winning it before going on to much bigger and better things. On just the fourth start of his career, Harry Angel blitzed the field to eventually win the race by over four lengths in very impressive fashion. The 105 rated Second Thought was in second place, while the 107 rated Mubtasim came third, giving plenty of substance to the form, this performance was no fluke and it is something to be very excited about. With just four runs in his career so far, I am sure there is more to come from him as this season progresses and he picks up more experience.
Jockey Adam Kirby was very complimentary after the race and said:
“He’s a very big, strong horse and I think we were all aware that there was nothing in the race quick enough to lead him. I just let him do it and it will do him good because he’s had a race and he’ll improve again from this. I was really pleased with the way he behaved, he’s growing up with every run. I think the world of him. We haven’t seen the best of him yet. There’s still more to come. He’s a machine, this lad.”
Royal Ascot will be next for Harry Angel and he will compete in the Commonwealth Cup, a six furlong race for three year olds and a race that could turn out to be the race of the meeting. He will face two main rivals in the race, Blue Point from the Godolphin team and Caravaggio from the Coolmore team.
Blue Point has beaten Harry Angel already this year at Ascot, although with Harry Angel carrying a 4lb penalty in that race, it is expected he will be able to reverse that form. Caravaggio has been impressive for Aiden O’Brien this season, winning on his return this season at Naas to take his record to five out of five.
Despite Royal Ascot being three weeks away, many people are eagerly anticipating the Commonwealth Cup clash between three very exciting young sprinters. Let’s hope all three arrive in top form for the race, a race that has the potential to be the race of the meeting.
Craig Jones covers horse racing around the world for Knightsbridge Bloodstock.