'Mr Happy' to continue with his great season
Harry Angel, the brilliant winner of the Newmarket's G1 Darley July Cup, and current star of Cox's yard near Lambourn, Berkshire (UK), is fully deserving of the description because of his temperament and overall pleasant nature, according to the trainer.
Those attributes, and more, will be called upon for Harry Angel's next important assignment, Saturday's G1 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock.
Cox, who has held a licence since 1999, has in recent years made his name as an astute trainer of sprinting talent, and Harry Angel may well be the best he has handled.
Lethal Force, Reckless Abandon, and Profitable have all won big races for Cox. But this one may be different.
Certainly, if you listen carefully to the trainer's words, it is clear he has respect and deep affection for Harry Angel. When he talks of the colt, it is like he is discussing an old mate.
"He is a happy, pleasing individual to deal with. He is confident in himself, and he has personality," the trainer said of Harry Angel.
"In the early days, he was exuberant and just very fast. But it has been pleasing for me, as his trainer, to see that personality of his really develop as he has started to grow up.
"He is a son of Dark Angel, and they tend to improve with age, which he has been," he pointed out.
Cox said he is looking forward to the Godolphin colt making it back-to-back G1 victories this Saturday following the great Newmarket triumph in July.
"I think the way he has been campaigned, he is still progressing. The July Cup was his most professional performance to date.
"You've got to see positives in going back to Haydock. He broke a track record there when winning the G2 Sandy Lane Stakes in May," the trainer recalled.
"As for the ground, he won the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury in 'soft,' so he's able to win at G2 level on that sort of ground. What we don't want are extremes of ground,' he added.
"Harry himself is in very good form. He's had a great season," he added.
Jockey Adam Kirby said riding Harry Angel was always an exciting prospect. Asked how good the colt might be, Kirby replied: "I will let him do the talking."