World champion sprinter Harry Angel will join the Darley roster in Australia for the forthcoming breeding season, standing at Kelvinside.
Harry Angel began his stud career earlier this year at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket as the highest-rated sprinter to retire to stud in Britain for more than 30 years.
He has already proved extremely popular in the northern hemisphere and was oversubscribed during his first season.
At two, Harry Angel broke his maiden in the G2 Mill Reef Stakes, earning a rating 9lbs superior to his sire Dark Angel’s achieved in the same race.
In a dazzling season at three, he won the G1 July Cup and the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup (taking the latter by the widest margin in recent history), having announced his presence among the top rank of sprinters in the G2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock.
He ended the year rated 132 by Timeform, level with Muhaarar, and the best by any sprinter to retire to stud in Britain since 1985.
The panel of international handicappers duly assessed him the world Champion sprinter, two points and more above Battaash, Chautauqua, Lady Aurelia, Redzel and Caravaggio.
Trained throughout his career by Clive Cox, he returned at four in the G2 Duke Of York Stakes, again retaining his peak Timeform mark when accounting for Brando by two lengths, conceding 5lb.
Harry Angel is the best son of Dark Angel, who himself raced nine times for four wins, all as a two-year-old, the best of them his victory in the G1 Middle Park Stakes. At stud, he has produced nine Stakes winners, including four who have won at G1 level including Battaash and Raging Bull, as well as Harry Angel.
Harry Angel is out of a daughter of fellow July Cup winner Cadeaux Genereux and possesses an outcross pedigree with just one line of Danzig in the fifth generation.
Godolphin Australia’s Managing Director, Vin Cox, sad, “Harry Angel is a high-end sprinter whose precocity will work well in this part of the world.
“We have been to have a look at him and were very impressed with him on type. We’re sure he’s the sort that Australian buyers will like.
“We will be supporting him with Godolphin mares and expect him to get off to a good start.”
Darley Head Of Sales, Alastair Pulford, said “He was the world’s best sprinter in a year when there were a lot of good sprinters going around, particularly in Australia.
“The international handicappers rated him better than Chautauqua, better than Redzel, better than Vega Magic.”