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Rain doesn’t dampen Harry’s hopes

 Sep 7 2017

Harry Angel will bid to win the G1 32Red Sprint Cup over the same track and distance that the three-year-old smashed the six-furlong course record earlier in the campaign, when taking the G2 Sandy Lane Stakes.

The son of Dark Angel has enjoyed a brilliant season with a second to Caravaggio in the G1 Commonwealth Cup before thoroughly reversing the form with a blistering win in the G1 July Cup.

Harry Angel’s opponents on Saturday are set to include impressive G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest scorer Brando, plus The Tin Man and Tasleet, who were first and second in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. However it is the ground which may be of the most concern with plenty of rain forecast, although connections don’t seem too worried.

Speaking from his Lambourn stables, Clive Cox said: “We are very happy with Harry Angel. He has trained really well and, as you can see, he is in a really good frame of mind. We are very much looking forward to Saturday.

“It looks like we are going to have slightly different ground conditions but the track holds no fears as he showed when breaking the track record which we are very proud of.

“Ground wise, he has won on good to soft in the Mill Reef at Newbury last year. I am quite relaxed, but I think all of us would prefer to see less rain than more rain because we have seen how potent he is on a sounder surface.

“It is a Group One and there are a lot of horses who deserve a lot of consideration and respect. That is the same with any race really. I was impressed with Brando in Deauville and his form was pretty good before that when just up behind us in the July Cup.

“There are half a dozen in there that you would give a realistic chance to, as you would expect in a Group One race. The Sprint Cup is always a top-class race and one of the iconic sprints of the season. I am happy with our horse and would not be swapping him for anything.”

With the ground concerns and the forecast rain of up to a further 20 millimetres, the Haydock Park racecourse executive has taken the decision to move the Sprint Cup from the sixth to the third race on the card to ensure that it takes place on the freshest possible ground.

Richard Wade - Sky Racing

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