Harry Angel returns at York

16 May 2018 04:15:29 EST

Clive Cox admits Harry Angel's return to action in the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York (15:30) will set his 'heart racing'.

A dual Group One-winning sprinter last season, the Godolphin-owned four-year-old will be carrying a penalty for those wins and concedes weight to his Knavesmire rivals in the six-furlong Group Two event.

He was set to face a stern challenge from Tasleet, last year's winner of the race, but William Haggas' charge has been declared a non-runner on the morning of the race.

That leaves Harry Angel, now 4/9 to win the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes, facing five rivals with recent Abernant Stakes winner Brando potentially heading the dangers at 7/2 for local trainer Kevin Ryan.

Cox is delighted to have 'once in a lifetime' horse Harry Angel back for another sprinting season.

"We are looking forward to bringing him to York. We had a tricky spring and I think it's fair to say this is a starting point. So I'd be pleased when he has got his first run under his belt," said the trainer.

"But he is in good nick and the yard is going well at the moment."

Having a genuine superstar in his yard is a source of pride for trainer Cox and he has no doubts that Harry Angel is just that, based on last season's wins in the July Cup and Sprint Cup.

"He is a once in a lifetime horse. He makes the heart race on every occasion you see him on the racetrack," Cox added.

"It's a dream to have a top-flight horse. On last year he was the highest-rated six-furlong horse in the world. That's an amazing accolade and I'm very proud to be in charge of him."

Harry Angel is 5/2 to win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

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