Duke of York In the Bag For Dark Angel’s Harry Angel

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3rd at YOR, Gr. Stk, £125,000G2 Duke Of York Clipper Logistics S. (6f)Winner: Harry Angel (Ire), c, 4 by Dark Angel (Ire)

Harry Angel | racingfotos.com

By Tom Frary

Unbeaten everywhere bar Ascot, Harry Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) made sure he will be primed for his next visit to Berkshire with an ideal warm-up in Wednesday’s G2 Duke of York Clipper Logistics S. at York. Again fractious in the stalls as is his wont and too free in the first part of the race, Godolphin’s G1 July Cup and G1 Haydock Sprint Cup hero was just too classy for his four rivals which did not include Tasleet (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) after connections were forced to withdraw last year’s winner due to a minor setback. Tanking for Adam Kirby in second initially, the 4-9 favourite cut loose approaching two out as Brando (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) and Sir Dancealot (Ire) (Sir Prancealot {Ire}) threatened on either side and despite drifting left was always in command to score by two lengths from the former. “I’m really pleased with him, as we knew he’d be a bit fresh and he was for the first quarter,” his rider said. “When I pulled him out, he found top gear and finished off strong. I think he has definitely improved since last year–his mind has improved, as he is more relaxed now and does everything better.”
Second to Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) in the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June, that represented his third straight reversal there and sandwiched impressive winning performances in Haydock’s G2 Sandy Lane S. and Newmarket’s July Cup. Faced with testing ground when returning in the Haydock Sprint Cup, the bay slammed Tasleet by four lengths without any stress but it was another headscratcher as he dropped to fourth in the G1 Qipco British Champions Sprint S. back at Ascot in October. It will be the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. next at the Royal meeting June 23, but trainer Clive Cox was focusing on the many positives from this performance. Chief was the way Harry Angel handled the long walk from the racecourse stables across the Knavesmire to the track which is a longstanding test of temperament. “All these sprinters need a run to get back into gear and I’m so pleased with the way he conducted himself–just the walk across here is the biggest test and mentally he’s really grown up,” he commented. “We know he’s good, but we just have to get him here. In the early days it was really tough, but we are reaping the rewards of that patience shown in particular by his then-owner Peter Richards–that is the foundation of what we have achieved now. It’s a team effort, as it’s been a long winter as it has for everyone this year, so I’m thrilled. I know he’ll come forward from today.”
Harry Angel’s targets are big all the way now and Cox is looking beyond Royal Ascot. “People mention he’s never won at Ascot, but I think they are reading too much into it,” he said. “I’m not looking to run him over five furlongs. Why change a good thing? The Everest would be nice if we had a slot, but that is not for me to decide and that is a long way off.” Kevin Ryan said of Brando, “I’m delighted with him, it was a fantastic performance and he’s run a huge race. He’s been beaten by a sensational sprinter on the day who was giving us weight. He won’t go to Ascot, we’ll try to box clever. He’s in the [G2] Greenlands Stakes in Ireland in a couple of weeks. We’ll then probably skip Ascot and go for the [July 14] July Cup–he loves Newmarket–and the [G1] Prix Maurice de Gheest [at Deauville Aug. 5] which he won last year.”
Beatrix Potter, a half to the dual G1 Champions Mile hero Xtension (Ire) (Xaar {GB}) whose pedigree also received another boost, albeit of a more minor nature, when Mrs Gallagher (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) registered a second black-type win in the Listed Polonia S., has an as-yet unraced 3-year-old filly Cileopatra (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) and a yearling colt by Cappella Sansevero (GB).

Wednesday, York, Britain
DUKE OF YORK CLIPPER LOGISTICS S.-G2, £125,000, York, 5-16, 3yo/up, 6fT, 1:10.87, g/f.
1–HARRY ANGEL (IRE), 139, c, 4, by Dark Angel (Ire)
1st Dam: Beatrix Potter (Ire), by Cadeaux Genereux (GB)
2nd Dam: Great Joy (Ire), by Grand Lodge
3rd Dam: Cheese Soup, by Spectacular Bid
(£44,000 Ylg ’15 DNPRM). O-Godolphin; B-CBS Bloodstock (IRE); T-Clive Cox; J-Adam Kirby. £70,888. Lifetime Record: Hwt. 3yo-Eur at 5-7f & MG1SW-Eng, 9-5-3-0, $959,537. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Brando (GB), 134, g, 6, Pivotal (GB)–Argent du Bois, by Silver Hawk. (52,000gns Ylg ’13 TAOCT; 115,000gns 2yo ’14 TATBRE). O-Mrs Angie Bailey; B-Car Colston Hall Stud (GB); T-Kevin Ryan. £26,875.
3–Sir Dancealot (Ire), 134, g, 4, Sir Prancealot (Ire)–Majesty’s Dancer (Ire), by Danehill Dancer (Ire). (€15,000 Wlg ’14 GOFNOV; €30,000 Ylg ’15 GOFSPT). O-C Benham, D Whitford, L Quinn, K Quinn; B-Vincent Duignan (IRE); T-David Elsworth. £13,450.
Margins: 2, NK, 7. Odds: 0.40, 3.50, 6.00.
Also Ran: Ornate (GB), Artistica (Ger). Scratched: Perfect Pasture (GB), Tasleet (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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