Harry Angel Overview
A record-breaking world Champion sprinter, Harry Angel is an exciting addition to the 2019 Darley stallions roster and will stand the forthcoming southern hemisphere breeding season at Kelvinside in the Hunter Valley. The best by Dark Angel, Harry Angel offers huge appeal as a splendid outcross option for many local mares.
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 Gr2 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, Harry Angel won the time-honoured Gr1 July Cup and the Gr1 Haydock Sprint Cup (taking the latter by the widest margin in recent history) and a race made famous by Danehill; other winners include Dayjur, Polar Falcon, Royal Applause, Diktat, Invincible Spirit, Dream Ahead, and Gordon Lord Byron. Other recent July Cup winners and good stallions include Dream Ahead, Starspangledbanner, Oasis Dream, and Anabaa.
Harry Angel raced on at four, to win at Gr2 level and run second in the Gr1 British Champions Sprint (to Sands of Mali). With a track record over six furlongs under his belt in the Gr2 Sandy Lane Stakes, Harry Angel looks like the perfect sprinting type for the Australian market.
During his spectacular 3YO season, Timeform gave Harry Angel a rating of 132. His sire, Dark Angel, was a Gr1-winning 2YO who has become a successful sire with 55 stakes-winners including Champion Sprinter Mecca’s Angel, Champion Sprinter Harry Angel, Champion Sprinter Lethal Force, and Champion Sprinter Battaash. See the trend here? A son of Acclamation, Dark Angel is from the Try My Best sireline. Notably, Harry Angel has no Danehill line blood, and no Northern Dancer in his first five generations, so he’s a great option for the multitude of broodmares who carry those lines.
Out of the wonderfully named Beatrix Potter, Harry Angel is one of two winners for the young half-sister to dual Gr1 Hong Kong Champions Mile winner Xtension, a name familiar to Australian breeders and buyers. Beatrix Potter is also a half-sister to stakes- placed A Huge Dream, the dam of stakes-winner Mrs Gallagher. This is a young family on the move, and owners will have man choices for names given the literary connection.
Harry Angel will stand at Darley, NSW, in 2019 for $22,000 including GST.
Harry Angel Pedigree
|DARK ANGEL (IRE)|
|ROYAL APPLAUSE |
|PRINCESS ATHENA |
|MIDNIGHT ANGEL (GB)|
|COUP DE FOLIE|
|NIGHT AT SEA |
|BEATRIX POTTER (IRE)|
|CADEAUX GENEREUX (GB)|
|YOUNG GENERATION |
|SMARTEN UP |
|GREAT JOY (IRE)|
|GRAND LODGE |
|CHEESE SOUP |
Harry Angel BR News
Darley European Fees AnnouncedThu, 31 Oct 2019
In European breeding news, Darley has announced the fees for its 35-strong roster, reports thoroughbreddailynews.com. Three new stallions will join the line-up lead, by 2018's Champion 2YO in Europe and triple Gr1 winner Too Darn Hot (Dubawi-Dar Re Mi, by Singspiel) at £50,000. Gr1 sprinter Blue Point (Shamardal-Scarlett Rose, by Royal Applause) will stand at Kildangan Stud for €45,000m while Gr1 Investec Derby hero Masar (New Approach-Khawlah, by Cape Cross) will join Too Darn Hot at Dalham Hall Stud at £15,000. Dalham stalwart Dubawi remains at £250,000, while in Ireland, pride of place goes to Shamardal, who has enjoyed an outstanding run with his juvenile colts at the Gr1 level this season, and he once again is set to cover at a private fee. "We are delighted to be able to offer an extensive range of quite exceptional stallions in Britain, Ireland and France in 2020," said Darley's Director of Stallions Sam Bullard. "It's remarkable to reflect on how the stallion yards have grown over the decades here at Darley–when Dubai Millennium won at Nad Al Sheba in March 2000, the roster was just a dozen strong–and it's particularly satisfying for the whole team to be standing outstanding sons of stallions who have also stood their careers here. We couldn't do it without the breeders who invest so much time and skill in producing the horses who are at the heart of our great sport. We'll do all we can to help them fulfil their ambitions and hope to be part of their plans again in 2020." Below are Darley's 2020 stallions, with fees, underneath their respective stud farms (new stallions denoted by *):
Dalham Hall Stud, UK
- Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) £250,000
- Too Darn Hot (Dubawi)* £50,000
- Golden Horn (Cape Cross) £40,000
- Iffraaj (Zafonic) £30,000
- New Approach (Galileo) £30,000
- Cracksman (Frankel) £25,000
- Harry Angel (Dark Angel) £20,000
- Masar (New Approach)* £15,000
- Farhh (Pivotal) £12,000
- Territories (Invincible Spirit) £12,000
- Postponed (Dubawi) £10,000
- Charming Thought (Oasis Dream) £5,000
- Outstrip (Exceed And Excel) £5,000
Kildangan Stud, Ire
- Shamardal (Giant's Causeway) Private
- Blue Point (Shamardal)* €45,000
- Exceed and Excel (Danehill) €40,000
- Teofilo (Galileo) €40,000
- Night of Thunder (Dubawi) €25,000
- Ribchester (Iffraaj) €20,000
- Fast Company (Danehill Dancer) €12,000
- Profitable (Invincible Spirit) €12,000
- Belardo (Lope De Vega) €10,000
- Dawn Approach (New Approach) €10,000
- Raven's Pass (Elusive Quality) €10,000
- Slade Power (Dutch Art) €7,500
- The Last Lion (Choisir) €7,500
- Buratino (Exceed And Excel) €5,000
- French Navy (Shamardal) €4,000
- Fulbright (Exceed And Excel) €4,000
Haras du Logis, Fr
- Authorized (Montjeu) €12,000
- Cloth of Stars (Sea the Stars) €7,500
- Manduro (Monsun) €7,000
- Ultra (Manduro) €7,000
- Bow Creek (Shamardal) €4,000
- Hunter's Light (Dubawi) €4,000
Darley and ATC Extend Princess Series PartnershipWed, 21 Aug 2019
The Australian Turf Club has announced a three year extension to the Darley Princess Series, reports thoroughbrednews.com.au. Darley has secured naming rights to each of the four legs of the series to be run in September and October, starting this Saturday at Royal Randwick, with the winning breeder of each of the four races receiving a free 2019 or 2020 nomination to a Darley stallion. In addition, the overall winning filly of the series will also earn a free nomination to a stallion of their choice on the Darley roster in the year she retires from racing. “It is incredibly exciting to be continuing our partnership with the Australian Turf Club for a further three years,” said Managing Director of Godolphin in Australia Vin Cox. “This reiterates our commitment to breeders, owners and the thoroughbred industry. The Darley Princess Series at Royal Randwick celebrates the best three-year-old speed fillies in the land and we are proud to offer their owners and breeders with additional rewards. Our partnership with the ATC through the Princess Series has helped us attract the best broodmares in the country to our world-class stallion roster.” The four Darley Princess Series races (with bonus stallion nominations) are:
- Gr2 $200,000 Darley Silver Shadow Stakes over 1200m on Saturday 24 August. Nomination to Harry Angel (Dark Angel-Beatrix Potter, by Cadeaux Genereux)
- Gr2 $200,000 Darley Furious Stakes over 1200m on Saturday 7 September. Nomination to Ribchester (Iffraaj-Mujarah, by Marju)
- Gr2 $200,000 Darley Tea Rose Stakes over 1400m on Saturday 21 September. Nomination to Impending (Lonhro-Mnemosyne, by Encosta de Lago)
- Gr1 $500,000 Darley Flight Stakes over 1600m on Saturday 5 October. Nomination to Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute’s Choice)
Harry Angel Family In The NewsFri, 24 May 2019
The 2019 intake of Freshman Sires in Australia includes Darley's record-breaking world Champion sprinter Harry Angel (Dark Angel) who won the Gr1 July Cup, and Gr1 Haydock Sprint Cup by 4-lengths, after breaking his maiden in the Gr2 Mill Reef Stakes as a juvenile. With a further two Gr1 runners-up, and Timeform rated a huge 132, Harry Angel is out of Beatrix Potter, a Cadeaux Genereux half-sister to multiple Gr1-placed dual Gr1 winner Xtension. On Friday, fittingly over Haydock Park's 6 furlong journey that was owned by his half-brother in his Gr1 drubbing, Irish-bred 2YO Pierre Lapin will make his debut for trainer Roger Valarian, where he'll sport the silks of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. He is by Showcasing's well-bred and best-performed 2YO Cappella Sansevero, a multiple Gr1-placed Gr3 winner who had 7 in-the-frame juvenile finishes from 8 starts. Pierre Lapin is one of 7 runners and is forecast to be near the top of the market.
Champion sprinter Harry Angel (pic: darleyeurope.com)
Darley Australia Standing World Champion SprinterMon, 15 Apr 2019
World champion sprinter Harry Angel will join the Darley roster in Australia for the forthcoming breeding season, standing at Kelvinside. Harry Angel (Dark Angel-Beatrix Potter, by Cadeaux Genereux) 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 Gr2 Mill Reef Stakes, earning a rating 9lbs superior to his sire Dark Angel’s achieved in the same race. At three, he won the Gr1 July Cup and the Gr1 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 Gr2 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 Gr2 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 Gr1 Middle Park Stakes. At stud, he has produced nine Stakes winners, including four who have won at Gr1 level including Battaash and Raging Bull, as well as Harry Angel who possesses an outcross pedigree with just one line of Danzig in the fifth generation. He will stand at a fee of $22,000 inc GST.
Darley Announce 2019 European FeesWed, 7 Nov 2018
Darley has announced its 2019 fees for its European-based stallions, headed by the world's highest rated stallion Dubawi whose fee remains unchanged at £250,000. Darley stallions have enjoyed another outstanding year, siring the winners of the Dubai World Cup, the English Derby, the King's Stand Stakes, the Prince Of Wales's Stakes, the King George, the Arlington Million, the National Stakes and the Dewhurst, among others. Joining the roster at Dalham Hall Stud for 2019 is Europe's highest-rated horse and dual winner of the Gr1 Champion Stakes, Cracksman (Frankel-Rhadegunda, by Pivotal). Trained by John Gosden on behalf of owner-breeder Anthony Oppenheimer, Cracksman retired with a record of 8 wins from 11 starts for £2,803,331 in earnings. He won four Group 1 races during his brilliant career, namely the Champion Stakes (twice), Coronation Cup & Prix Ganay. Cracksman is the highest-rated horse to retire to stud in Europe since his own sire, Frankel. In fact, the only other horses retired with a higher rating since 2000 are Sea The Stars and the great Dubai Millennium. Cracksman will stand at a fee of £25,000, October 1st SLF. Star sprinter Harry Angel, the highest-rated sprinter to retire to stud in the UK since 1985, will also stand his first season at Dalham Hall Stud at a fee of £20,000. Click here to view the entire Darley European stallion roster.
Sir Dancelalot Entered in Gr1 SprintWed, 5 Sep 2018
Sir Dancealot has been supplemented for the Gr1 Sprint Cup at Haydock in the UK on Saturday, reports Sky Sports. By Cornerstone Stud's Gr2-winning shuttler Sir Prancealot, Sir Dancealot has been one of the finds of the British sprinting ranks this season winning the Gr2 Hungerford Stakes (7 furlongs), Gr2 Lennox Stakes (7 furlongs), and Gr3 Criterion Stakes (7 furlongs) at his past three outings. The David Elsworth-trained Sir Dancealot is among a field of 17 possible runners following the confirmation stage. The favourite for the race is Godolphin's defending champion Harry Angel who is preparing to make his first appearance since suffering an injury at Royal Ascot. Gerald Mosse says he cannot wait to reunite with the progressive Sir Dancealot in Saturday's sprint feature. "I'm very excited. It's a very good race and if the trainer has supplemented him he must be happy with him," Mosse said. "If there's a cut in the ground it will suit him well and the step back in trip shouldn't be a problem. He gives me a good feeling and he's a very nice horse – I'm really pleased to be riding him."
Appleby Pointing at Darley July CupFri, 29 Jun 2018
Charlie Appleby will bid to claim another feature Group 1 contest when he saddles Blue Point in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday, 14 July. Blue Point, a winner of last week's Group 1 King's Stands Stakes (1000m) at Royal Ascot, was one of 31 horses to stand their ground following Tuesday's scratching stage for the £500,000 six furlong event, which is a leg of the QIPCO British Champions Series. Appleby has enjoyed an outstanding season having also prepared Masar to win the English Derby, and he is looking forward to seeing if the rejuvenated Blue Point can continue his winning ways at Newmarket. "Blue Point has come out of the King's Stand Stakes very well and the plan is for him to head straight for the Darley July Cup," said Appleby. "He will be stepping back up to six furlongs but a stiff six is well within his compass. He holds the Ascot track record at that trip, don't forget, and he was placed in a Dewhurst Stakes [Gr1] over seven furlongs as a two-year-old." Appleby added: "To win the Darley July Cup with him would be huge, not just because we sponsor the race, it's also a great race for making stallions, one of the summer spectacles that you really want to be part of, and one that usually decides who is going to be Champion Sprinter." Other key entries for the July Cup include Group 1 Diamond Jubilee winner Merchant Navy, Redkirk Warrior and Harry Angel, who suffered an injury and lost all hope of winning when leaving the stalls in the Diamond Jubilee.
Target Confirmed for Redkirk WarriorFri, 15 Jun 2018
Lindsay Park has confirmed the race which Redkirk Warrior will contest at next week's Royal Ascot carnival. The dual Group 1 winning sprinter was entered in both the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes (1000m) on day one of the Royal meeting (Tuesday 19 June), as well as the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) on the fifth and final day (Saturday 23 June). Co-trainer Ben Hayes announced via Twitter that with the prospect of a drier track, the UK-bred 7YO will run in the more suitable Diamond Jubilee over six furlongs. "Thrilled to meet up with this boy this morning, looks in fantastic condition. With the weather appearing to be dry the decision has been made to run in the Diamond Jubilee, not the King Stand Stakes," Hayes tweeted. Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride Redkirk Warrior who is in career best form having won the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) and successfully defended his Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) title at his past two outings. Redkirk Warrior is currently the 11-2 third favourite for the Diamond Jubilee behind Godolphin's top-class sprinter Harry Angel at 5-2. Former Group 1 winning Australian colt Merchant Navy, who is now trained by Aidan O'Brien, is second favourite at 10-3.
Ben Hayes & Redkirk Warrior at Newmarket (image: Lindsay Park Racing Twitter)
Son of Dark Angel to Stand in SAFri, 1 Jun 2018
Don't Bother Me will become the first son of boom Irish stallion Dark Angel to stand in Australia when he commences stud duties at Glenrae Stud in SA this spring, reports breednet. Dark Angel, who stands at Yeomanstown Stud in County Kildare, Ireland, is the sire of outstanding Group 1 winning sprinters Harry Angel (Haydock Sprint & July Cup) and Battaash (Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp). He has already sired 44 stakes winners from 405 winners representing an impressive stakes winning ratio of 11 per cent. The Gr3-placed Don't Bother Me (Dark Angel-Faleh, by Silver Hawk) will stand at a fee of $3,300.
Harry Angel Wins Gr2 Duke Of York StakesThu, 17 May 2018
Star UK sprinter Harry Angel (Dark Angel-Beatrix Potter, by Cadeaux Genereux) signalled a lucrative campaign awaits when resuming with a dominant win in the Gr2 Duke Of York Stakes at York overnight. The 4YO, who established himself as a sprinter of the highest order last season when winning the Gr1 Haydock Sprint Cup & Gr1 July Cup, extended his record to 5 wins from 9 starts when easily accounting for Brando and Sir Dancealot by 2 lengths in the six-furlong feature. Trainer Clive Cox said the Godolphin-owned galloper would now head to the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) at Royal Ascot on 23 June. "I'm thrilled he has taken that first step well. There was a bit of freshness there and I know he'll improve for the run," Cox told Racing Post. "I'm extremely grateful to Sheikh Mohammed for keeping him in training and hopefully we can keep moving forwards. It will be Ascot next and then the July Cup." Everest slot-holder Damion Flower has recently said that he thinks says the Sheikh Mohammed-owned Harry Angel is the perfect candidate for the world's richest sprint, the $13 million The Everest (1200m) to be run at Randwick later in the year. On the prospect of Harry Angel running in The Everest, Cox said: "Somebody was talking about it and it's really nice. If I had a slot in that race I'd have wanted Harry Angel to run in it. It's a long way off and it won't be for me to decide."
UKs Harry Angel in Everest FrameThu, 10 May 2018
Everest slot-holder Damion Flower says he is looking beyond Australia's shores for his 2018 representative. Flower, who was the last to lock in his slot last year when selecting the Kris Lees-trained Clearly Innocent (8th), says he won't be waiting so long this year. Among the horses Flower has identified as a perfect Everest candidate is the Sheikh Mohammed-owned Harry Angel (Dark Angel-Beatrix Potter, by Cadeaux Genereux). The 4YO Irish-bred entire has established himself as one of the top sprinters in Europe winning the 4 of his 8 starts, including the Gr1 Haydock Sprint Cup & Gr1 July Cup. He is currently being prepared for the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. "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," Flower told Sky Sports Radio. "I’m looking at those sprinters overseas that could match the locals, a dead set six furlong horse that can sprint off a fast pace." He added: "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's trainer Clive Cox told Racing Post says he's not surprised that Flower is interested. "I can understand the interest as he's a very exciting horse but it would be the owners' decision," Cox said. "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."
Harry Angel Wins Gr1 Sprint CupMon, 11 Sep 2017
At Haydock in the UK, Godolphin's 3YO Irish-bred colt Harry Angel (Dark Angel-Beatrix Potter, by Cadeaux Genereux) proved he was a sprinter of the highest order when cruising to a brilliant 4 length win in the Gr1 Sprint Cup (6 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating Tasleet & The Tin Man. This was successive Gr1 triumphs for the Sheikh Mohammed-owned Harry Angel who improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 July Cup & Gr2 Sandy Lane Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot) from 7 starts for £630,078 in earnings. Jockey Adam Kirby was in awe of Harry Angel's performance. "I'm a believer in a proper champion can win on any ground, but he's so fast I was a little bit concerned [about the heavy conditions]. It's a great team effort and all credit to Clive. I knew he'd won as soon as he picked up," Kirby told Sky Sports. "He's a machine. He's got speed to burn and that's not how good he is, he's there now mentally and he'll keep on getting better." Trainer Clive Cox added: "He's a champion on fast ground and he's proved a champion on easier ground now, I'm so pleased," he said. Cox confirmed Harry Angel's next assignment will be the Gr1 British Champions Sprint at Ascot on 21 October.
Harry Angel Wins Gr1 July CupMon, 17 Jul 2017
At Newmarket in the UK, 3YO Irish-bred colt Harry Angel (Dark Angel-Beatrix Potter, by Cadeaux Genereux) turned the tables on his last-start conqueror Caravaggio in decisive fashion when winning the Gr1 July Cup (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Limato (Tagula) & Brando (Pivotal). Harry Angel, who was second to Caravaggio in the Gr1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, gave owner Sheikh Mohammed the perfect 68th birthday present when scoring by 1.25 length in the £500,000 sprint feature. His record now reads 3 wins (including the Gr2 Sandy Lane Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Commonwealth Cup) from 6 starts for £482,632 in earnings. "It's a wonderful feeling to have a horse like this on our hands and I'm thrilled Skeikh Mohammed kept him with us," trainer Clive Cox told Racing Post. "I think he's become a man and he proved that today. With maturity he's becoming the finished article and I think today was pretty special." Asked whether Harry Angel could travel to Australia for the $10 million The Everest later in the year, Cox said: "I'd say we have some jobs to do at home before we think about going abroad with him."
Everest Still Possible for Vanquished CaravaggioMon, 17 Jul 2017
Caravaggio, who surrendered his unbeaten record when fourth to Harry Angel in Saturday’s Gr1 July Cup, could make his next appearance at the top level in the Prix Maurice de Gheest (1200m) at Deauville on 6 August, reports Sky Sports. Trainer Aidan O’Brien is also not ruling out a trip to Australia for the inaugural $10 million The Everest at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "The lads will obviously decide what's next, but John (Magnier) was just saying that we might have a look at the Maurice de Gheest,” O’Brien said. "He was just saying that to me this morning, but we'll see how he is after a week or 10 days. I think the Everest (in Australia) is still on the table. If he went to France that could be very much so still.” O’Brien added: "After France the lads would have to make a decision what they want to do. Whether they want to go to Australia. I imagine if he was going there he would have to have a little break.” Caravaggio (Scat Daddy-Mekko Hokte, by Holy Bull), described by O’Brien as the fastest horse ever to pass through the famous Ballydoyle yard, has won 6 of his 7 starts, including Gr1 wins in the Commonwealth Cup and Phoenix Stakes.
Caravaggio Wins Gr1 Commonwealth CupMon, 26 Jun 2017
On the fourth day of the famous Royal Ascot carnival in the UK, outstanding 3YO US-bred colt Caravaggio (Scat Daddy-Mekko Hokte, by Holy Bull) maintained his blemish free record when scorching to a brilliant 0.75-length win for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore in the Gr1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Harry Angel (Dark Angel) & Blue Point (Shamardal). Caravaggio extended his unbeaten record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Phoenix Stakes & Gr2 Coventry Stakes) from 6 starts for £500,430 in earnings. Master trainer Aidan O'Brien restated his previous statement that Caravaggio was the fastest horse ever to pass through the famous Ballydoyle yard. "He had plenty to do at halfway behind two good horses and he raced for only two and a half furlongs," O'Brien said. "I would be happier at two furlongs than six furlongs with him. He is the fastest horse we have ever had." O'Brien added: "Because it was his second run back, we were afraid to do too much because we didn't want to lose that brilliance that he has. He is just an unbelievably quick horse." O'Brien said Caravaggio's connections were considering aiming the colt at the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick in Sydney on 14 October. "They have a plan in their mind that he might go to Australia for the Everest, so we have to be very conscious now if we want him to last for the autumn," he said.
Blue Point Wins Gr3 Pavilion StakesThu, 4 May 2017
At Ascot in the UK overnight, champion 2YO colt & 4-time Gr1-winning former Darley shuttler Shamardal (Giant's Causeway-Helsinki, by Machiavellian) added a Group success when 3YO Irish-bred colt Blue Point (Shamardal-Scarlett Rose, by Royal Applause) scored by 1.5 lengths in course record time for trainer Charlie Appleby in the Gr3 Pavilion Stakes (6 furlongs), defeating Harry Angel & Mubtasim. Blue Point, who mixed it with top company as a juvenile, improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Gimcrack Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Middle Park Stakes & Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes) from 7 starts for £313,393 earnings. "I'm not going to start changing my opinion of him - he's the quickest horse in the yard and always has been,” trainer Charlie Appleby told Sky Sports. “We'll head straight to Royal Ascot. I think he deserves to be there and I think he's a very live contender.