A double at Royal Ascot last year propelled Clive Cox into the big time with Profitable winning the King’s Stand Stakes and My Dream Boat capturing the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
Cox has been regarded as a top trainer for a good time before that big-race double, but those successes have helped strengthen his stable further as he bids to make a mark on top level more consistently this season and beyond.
He spoke to us about some of the horses from his yard to watch this season.
What are your aims for the Flat season?
We’ve got a lot a very nice horses in this season so we want to be able to achieve what is best for all of them. We want to be able to have Group winners and hopefully another successful Royal Ascot as well.
Tell us about your stable star
I was pleased My Dream Boat’s third at Sandown last time. I’m looking forward to stepping him up to a mile and a half, and it’s always exciting when you have a horse that can stay middle distances and has a pleasing change of gear like him. He’s the first horse I’ve had the chance to enter in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as well. It’s also great to have a chance to trainer Profitable for Godolphin this season.
Which new horse has been catching your eye?
Not as such. We’ve got plenty of nice horses in the yard and probably as good a group as I’ve ever had. I think they can take us to some big meetings and allow us to compete at a good level, which is what we all dream about.
Is there been a two-year-old who has particularly impressed you so far?
They’ve run well so far this season. The fillies are a little behind compared to the colts and of those that have run I was very impressed with Chagatai at Bath and Kick On Kick On at Leicester. I think they can do well this season. We’ve also got some really nice horses for the six furlong races which are starting soon.
And how about a three-year-old to follow?
Harry Angel is a very, very talented horse. It was only his third lifetime run last time at Ascot and he’s still a bit rough around the edges. His confidence will grow with races and he’s an extremely exciting horse. We just need to take the edge of him and I hope he can achieve what we believe he is capable of.
Was there a horse who ran over the winter for you that surprised you with its progress?
Flood Warning. She progressed nicely on the all-weather and took that progress on to the turf at Sandown last time. I hope there’s more to come from her.
And, finally, if you could have one horse from another stable, who would it be?
Marsha. She did extremely well to win the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last time under a 7lb penalty and is sure to be a danger to all in those big five furlong sprints this season.