11th October 2017
When Adam Met Harry
With less than two weeks until Britain’s richest race day, World champion Adam Gemili visited Harry Angel, officially the world’s top equine sprinter, ahead of his run at QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on 21st October.
Gemili was part of the 4x100m gold medal relay team at this summer’s IAAF World Athletics Championships along with CJ Ujah, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.
Gemili said, “It was such a privilege to go and visit Harry Angel ahead of him running at QIPCO British Champions Day. I was blown away by how many similarities there are between my training regime and his, including maintaining fitness, scheduling faster sprint work and getting ready for competition.
It was amazing to meet him and his trainer Clive Cox and I can’t wait to see him race on the day.”
Harry Angel is a three-year-old thoroughbred horse who has already won two races at the highest level this year and was rated the top sprinter in the world on official rankings.
He is now heading to flat racing’s season finale, QIPCO British Champions Day, as the red-hot favourite for the sprint race on the day which is worth £600,000.
His trainer Clive Cox, said, “Harry Angel has won his races very cosily and for that reason I hope we’ve been able to maintain a fairly healthy edge on him.
Like Adam, it’s about maintaining his level of fitness between now and Champions Day, not overdoing it and fine tuning him with just a couple of pieces of faster work.
Credit: QIPCO British Champions Day