No Ascot fears for Harry Angel
Trainer Clive Cox insists there is no fear factor of Ascot for his star sprinter Harry Angel ahead of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes later this month.
The Godolphin-owned four-year-old is a dual Group One winner having taken the July Cup at Newmarket and the Sprint Cup at Haydock last season.
Harry Angel has won five of his nine career starts, although all four of his reverses have been recorded at Ascot. His best effort at the Berkshire track was a runner-up finish behind Caravaggio in the Commonwealth Cup last summer.
"I don't particularly lose any sleep that he has not got his head in front there, I think it's more coincidence rather than a serious problem," said the trainer.
"Adam (Kirby) gave him a nice introduction first time out and in his second to Blue Point he had a penalty and that race was pretty good form. He was just a bit keen in the Commonwealth Cup.
"When he ran in the Champions Sprint the ground was atrocious. I think his defeats have been a matter of circumstances, whether it be the ground or the way the race has panned out."
Cox is confident that run in the Commonwealth Cup behind Aidan O'Brien's charge was a key moment in his career and he feels the son of Dark Angel has matured again over the winter.
"I was pleased with his run in the Commonwealth Cup and I think it was a turning point in his life, as he took another step forward - not in the race, but after that," he added.
"He carried on at the top of his game after that defeat in the Commonwealth Cup and proved that decisively in the July Cup. He has proved he has progressed with racing and I'd like to think he is more mature this year."
Harry Angel is 5/2 to win the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot. O'Brien's Merchant Navy is 4/1 with Aussie raider Redkirk Warrior priced at 5/1.
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