Harry Angel gets his revenge on Caravaggio at Newmarket

Evrard Martin
Juillet 17, 2017

Harry Angel won the prestigious July Cup in brilliant style over six furlongs at Newmarket.

With Adam Kirby up for trainer Clive Cox, Harry Angel did not contest the early pace made by Intelligence Cross.

The Lambourn trainer is targeting the G1 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock on September 9 and the G1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot on October 21, following his triumph from last year's victor Limato (Ire) (Tagula ) in what looked a vintage renewal of the all-aged six-furlong championship.

Caravaggio, ridden by Ryan Moore, went into the race as heavy favourite on the back of an unbeaten record of six wins out six, however having been sluggish out of the stalls and starting slowly, was never able to land a blow and was always more than the two lengths behind as he lost his unbeaten record.

The 10-11 favourite has been hailed as the fastest horse Aidan O'Brien has ever trained and he had beaten Harry Angel three-quarters of a length in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

"He's always been a special horse", he said. He'd have won last time, without a shadow of a doubt, but we were a little bit unfortunate with the way the race turned out. To be fair to the horse, the race at Ascot really brought him forward and he's gone from a boy to a man.

"The race today couldn't have gone any better". I can't express how good he is.

"This is one of the best July Cups I've seen in my lifetime and I'm very proud of the horse and everyone at home", Cox said.

"Although he was beaten at Ascot and Adam was quite disappointed, the look in the horse's eye when he came off the track, it was nearly like "OK guys, I'm getting this". Coming here today I was very confident in his whole demeanour.

The growing racing maturity of Harry Angel certainly played a part in yesterday' s win for owner Godolphin on Sheik Mohammed's 68th birthday.

But in a re-match on Newmarket's July Course, Caravaggio was off the bridle at half-way in the six-furlong dash. "I've not needed an alarm clock since I've had this horse and it's just a joy to be involved with top-flight horses".

Elsewhere at the Curragh, the John Gosden-trained Enable under Frankie Dettori won the Irish Oaks to add to the English equivalent to become the first filly to complete the double since Snow Fairy in 2010.

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