Clive Cox is counting on Diligent Harry to capitalize on his reappearance in Doncaster on Saturday and make his presence felt in the top sprints this season.
Lambourn’s trainer was delighted with the four-year-old’s effort despite being caught close to home by Volatile Analyst in the Listed Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster.
“I was very happy with the race. We didn’t force him to be there at all, but the weather has improved and dried up and I think it’s fair to say he will be better. for his seasonal racetrack debut,” Cox said.
“He showed a lot of his exuberance and class. The eventual winner, fair play for him, just wore us down at the line, but hopefully it’s a great performance that we can build on. His construction was with a summer campaign in mind.”
Cox has yet to confirm his plans, but he would love to win a group race with Diligent Harry, whose first five career races last year were in all weather. The Duke Of York Stakes on the Knavesmire in May is an option.
“I’m very happy with the way he came back and came out of the race,” he continued.
“We’ll just see how he feels and how the pitch is. The Duke of York is a possibility but he has to break his duck in the company of the group. When you look at last year, the form (Happy Romance) (in the group Three Hackwood Stakes in Newbury) is clearly a good line to follow.
“The way this filly raced in Dubai (second to Al Quoz) gives us the feeling that we can continue to progress in the best sprints.
“We have to take another step forward in the company of the group, but I would be very happy with the signs he gives us and physically he has done very well this winter.”