Harry Angel ready for York

11 May 2018 05:30:31 EST

Star sprinter Harry Angel will get his season underway at York on Wednesday in the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes, trainer Clive Cox has confirmed.

The Godolphin-owned four-year-old won three of six starts in 2017, including a brace of top level successes in the July Cup at Newmarket and Haydock's Sprint Cup.

He also finished second in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot behind the Aidan O'Brien-trained Caravaggio.

Harry Angel's season came to something of a disappointing end when he was beaten at a short price in the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot in October.

It will be nice to get a run under his belt. The team are in good form, but I'm sure he'll improve for the run as well, so I'm very pleased he's in good order and starting his season next week.

Clive Cox

He is entered in York's key early season sprint on Wednesday, with Harry Angel 4/9 to win the Duke of York Stakes on the Knavesmire.

Cox, whose team are in excellent early season form, is excited to see the Dark Angel colt back in action, though he warns York will be a 'stepping stone' for next month at Royal Ascot.

"Obviously he's got a penalty [in the York race] and then we're looking at a similar path (for the season) to last year, once we get to Royal Ascot - it will be the Diamond Jubilee and the rest," said the Lambourn trainer.

"It will be nice to get a run under his belt. The team are in good form, but I'm sure he'll improve for the run as well, so I'm very pleased he's in good order and starting his season next week.

"It's an important stepping stone to Ascot."

Henry Candy's Limato and the Kevin Ryan-trained Brando are amongst the contenders entered for York on Wednesday alongside the last two winners of the race, William Haggas' Tasleet and Charlie Hills' Magical Memory.

Tasleet is a 9/2 chance while former July Cup hero Limato can be backed at 555/1 to win the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York on 16th May.

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