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Angel flies high to down Caravaggio and co for Kirby and Cox
16 Jul 2017 | 

It was his first test against older horses and Harry Angel proved up to the examination as he claimed the Group 1 Darley July Cup (1200m) under Adam Kirby at Newmarket on Saturday.

Kirby refused to get into a battle with leader Intelligence Cross and moved to the front before a furlong out, with Limato swooping for second and favourite Caravaggio, who started slowly, never able to land a blow as he lost his unbeaten record.

Trainer Clive Cox, winning his second July Cup, said: “We’re so glad. This is what it’s all about. Although he was beaten at Royal Ascot, and Adam was disappointed, the look in the horse’s eye said: 'right, I’m getting the hang of this now'. So I was very confident today. He’s so exciting that I’ve not needed to have an alarm clock since I’ve had him.

“It’s great for Adam, who’s been with us a long time. I’m over the moon.”

Kirby added: “This horse is the best.”

The win reversed the form of the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot where the Aidan O'Brien-trained Caravaggio came from off the pace to gun down Harry Angel.

That day the Godolphin-owned Harry Angel got into a fight for the lead with the O’Brien trained Intelligence Cross, but this time Kirby kept his sword sheathed until producing a telling burst of pace to beat Limato by a length and a quarter, with Brando outrunning his 28-1 odds to finish narrowly back in third.

Limato, last year’s July Cup winner, has looked a serious threat as he angled inside Intelligence Cross to make his challenge, but Harry Angel found more.

Sent off the even-money favourite, Caravaggio was sluggish out of the stalls and was never closer than the two lengths he finished behind Harry Angel in fourth at the finish.

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