Harry Angel rises to the top

Ouroboros lifts Darley shuttle stallion to leading first-season sire on percentages in Australia

Former crack Irish-bred sprinter Harry Angel grabbed top percentage spot on the first-season stallion leaderboard in Australia when tough colt Ouroboros won the Quayclean Handicap at Caulfield in Melbourne on Saturday, 22 July.

Ouroboros, trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr for Trilogy Racing and ridden confidently by Craig Newitt, defied a wide run from an outside barrier to fight off Wolfy by a length, with Orion The Hunter finishing a head away third in a slick 1min 9.91 secs for 1,200m.

The win was the two-year-old colt’s first, with three placings, from only four starts and gave Harry Angel his ninth individual winner from only 22 runners (40.9 per cent) in Australia this season.

Worldwide, the young Darley shuttle stallion has now sired 60 winners of 92 races - including eight Stakes winners.

A dual G1 winner on the track, Harry Angel has three Stakes-winning juveniles in Australia.

Arkansaw Kid (Florabella) won the Restricted Listed Inglis 2YO Banner over 1,000m at Moonee Valley last October for Lindsay Park before his placing in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1,200m) at Sandown in February. 

Stretan Angel (Sretan) won the Listed SAJC Dequetteville Stakes over 1050m at Morphettville for Phillip Stokes, with the James Cummings-trained Tom Kitten (Transfers) adding the Listed ATC Fernhill Handicap over 1,600m at Royal Randwick in April.

A Harry Angel-Bahamas colt sold for $400,000 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne in March.

Ouroboros, out of the Australian mare Quaff (Choisir), was offered by Glen Gallic Stud at Martindale and sold at the 2022 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale to Trilogy Racing/C.B. Bloodstock/M.G. Price for $200,000.

After a win and three placings, Ouroboros’s prize-money earnings are now $126,265 under co-trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr.

Harry Angel will again stand at Kelvinside in the NSW Hunter Valley this season, for a service fee of $33,000 (including GST).