The most prestigious race at Newbury on Saturday was the £75,000 G2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes run over six furlongs for two-year-olds which saw a local success for Lambourn handler Clive Cox with the well bred Harry Angel (2/1 favourite) taking his field apart and looking a very smart 2yo who is going places.
The son of Dark Angel was making his first appearance finishing second at Ascot in May, having being withdrawn at the start on his next intended appearance when unruly at the stalls at Goodwood at the end of July.
Partnered by Adam Kirby, Harry Angel travelled keenly and took up the running entering the final furlong, seeing off another son of Dark Angel, Perfect Angel, by two and a half lengths,
A delighted Clive Cox said: “It was a blip at Goodwood last time after he was a promising second first time out. He was bruised quite badly at Goodwood and it is great testament to the team at home, who have worked tirelessly, that we have been able to get him back.”
“He is a horse that is just anxious to get on with it but is very talented. I am pleased that people have been able to see today what we have been able to see at home. It is great to have another Group race two-year-old winner.”
“I am not sure if he would get much further. He is blessed with quality and speed and the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot could be the race for him next year.”
“I am delighted for the owner Peter Ridgers, who has always been a great supporter of the yard through thick and thin. It is seven years to the day since we won the Ayr Gold Cup together with Jimmy Styles.”
“We always knew he was a good horse, it was just keeping a lid on him. He is an exciting horse and I am overjoyed. It is great to have another very good horse on our hands.”
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