Delving into Harry Angel
John Ferguson of Avenue Bloodstock is well known for his skills as a Bloodstock Agent and he has made many outstanding purchases during his career, one of his most notable acquisitions must be that of Champion Sprinter Harry Angel. By Dark Angel and out of a Cadeaux Genereux mare, Harry Angel has proven himself to be a top class racehorse and a promising stallion prospect.
Originally bought in 2015 as a yearling by trainer Clive Cox for owner Peter Ridgers, Harry Angel made an eye catching start to his career as a two year old when he was only just touched off by a nose when having his first start at Ascot over 5 furlongs. His next run came in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury which he won with ease.
Harry Angel’s three year old career was even more impressive and at the end of the May of that year he won the Group 2 Sandy Lane stakes in commanding fashion by 4 and a half lengths from his nearest rival.
It was at this point that John Ferguson made the successful private purchase of Harry Angel on behalf of Godolphin. At the time of the purchase Ferguson said “Harry Angel is one of the most brilliant young horses in training and we are delighted to have purchased him. Not only is he a fantastic prospect for all the major Group One sprints, being a son of Dark Angel, he also has the added attraction of being a potential stallion.”
Harry Angel went on to repay Ferguson’s belief in him. The horse remained in training with Clive Cox and went on to even more success. 2017 saw him win two Group 1’s, the July Cup at Newmarket and the Haydock Sprint Cup, in hugely impressive style. It was also the year that saw Harry Angel pick up the prestigious Cartier Racing Award for Champion Sprinter and that saw him take top spot in the sprinting division of the World’s Best Racehorses.
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