Harry Angel back with York win
Last Updated: 16/05/18 3:52pm
Star sprinter Harry Angel made a successful start to his campaign with an authoritative display in the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes.
A dual Group One winner last season after landing the July Cup at Newmarket and the Sprint Cup at Haydock, Clive Cox's charge was the 4-9 favourite on his first start since October, despite having to concede weight to each of his four rivals.
Ornate took the field along for much of the six-furlong journey, with Harry Angel racing with plenty of exuberance on his tail.
Adam Kirby asked the market leader to extend inside the final two furlongs and quickly settled matters, pulling two lengths clear of the high-class and race-fit Brando - without being asked for maximum effort.
Kirby said: "I was really pleased with him. We knew he'd be a bit fresh and he showed his well-being for the first quarter, but when I pulled him out and stuck into him a bit he found top gear and finished off strong.
"I think he's definitely improving, his mind has definitely improved.
"He's nice and relaxed and doing everything a lot better now."