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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Harry Angel's exploits put him in frame for £7m Everest sprint in Australia

Harry Angel: considered to be Everest material
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Harry Angel has established himself as one of the top sprinters in Europe, and those efforts have not gone unnoticed in Australia, with one of the slot holders for the Everest sprint interested in securing his services.

Trained by Clive Cox and owned by Godolphin, Harry Angel won the July Cup and Haydock's Sprint Cup last season, as well as finishing runner-up to Caravaggio in the Commonwealth Cup.

A formidable opponent over six furlongs, the four-year-old's profile could be a good fit for The Everest at Randwick on October 13, according to Damion Flower.

Flower is one of nine remaining slot holders looking for a runner in the $A13 million (£7.1m/€8.1m) race, and he is bidding to improve on last year's return when he went with the Kris Lees-trained Clearly Innocent, who finished eighth.

Speaking on Sky Sports Radio in Australia, Flower said: "I'm scouting a little bit earlier than I was last year. I’ve got a couple of nice horses up my sleeve and an international horse I’m looking at.

"I'm looking at those sprinters overseas who could match [the locals], a dead set six-furlong horse that can sprint off a fast pace.

"The only horse I see at the moment is the sheikh’s horse Harry Angel, I'm not too scared to say that. I haven't contacted them or anything but he’s one."

Harry Angel landed the Haydock Sprint Cup in impressive fashion last season
Cox said on Wednesday: "I can understand the interest as he's a very exciting horse but it would be the owners' decision."

The trainer added: "The horse is in great form and we're looking forward to going to the Duke of York next week as a suitable starting point towards the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot." 

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I'm looking at those sprinters overseas that could match [the locals], a dead set six-furlong horse who can sprint off a fast pace
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