Wings Of War Takes Mill Reef Stakes In Newbury For Clive Cox | Race News
Wings Of War imitated his father Dark Angel by returning home late to win the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes in Newbury.
Dark Angel is now enjoying an illustrious career at stud after retiring at the end of his juvenile campaign, producing artists like Battaash, Harry Angel and Mecca’s Angel, and Clive Cox hopes there will be a lot more to come from his latest. star.
Cox excels with speedsters, having had folks like the aforementioned Lethal Force, Harry Angel, and Supremacy in recent seasons, and in Wings Of War he appears to have another legitimate contender for Best Sprint honors.
A winner at Nottingham in July, he then moved closer in a valuable sell run at York behind Ever Given, but more recently he was a defeated favorite in the Sirenia Stakes at Kempton.
He seemed to have plenty on his plate with a stadium to go as well, as Hugo Palmer’s pecking order, completed for Monday’s race, shot flawlessly under Oisin Murphy.
Derby winner jockey Adam Kirby went overdrive and started to get some good air out of his steed, then the question became whether the line would come too soon.
To the delight of his connections, Wings Of War (17-2) has just won with a header, with a length and a half back to Fearby in third.
Cox won the Mill Reef in 2016 with Harry Angel and took home a second pretty juvenile award in two weeks after winning the Flying Childers in Doncaster with Caturra.
“We love it from the start, but they have to do it for you,” Cox said.
“He’s shown a bit of greenery in his last two starts, but Adam gave him a good lap today.
“He was good and he was ready for that kind of test today. I just hope and pray that he is as good as the last winner of this race that we had at Harry Angel.
“I don’t know what we’ll do next, I’ll discuss it with (owner) Sheikh Isa and we’ll do what’s best for the horse. I’m not sure if he would benefit from another race this year or if we will look to next year. “
He continued, “He has a bit of scope and maturity to develop. He always gave us a lot of confidence at home that he was a good horse.
“It’s been a wonderful week, winning the Flying Childers last week and the Mill Reef today is very special.
“I’m thrilled with the connections and we have a good horse for next year in six stages. I think that’s what he is, I don’t think we need to explore any further, why have any -we need we just won a group two.
“Mentally he has the opportunity to improve, so there is the potential for more. He was even on the alert when he got here today because there is a little going on, more than he does. He’s not used to it, but as the day goes on he gets more comfortable and gives a performance to be proud of. “
Paddy Power is giving Wings Of War a 14-1 chance for next year’s Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.