Adam Kirby will be out to continue his good form fresh from Group 1 success.
Cox and Kirby teamed up to win the July Cup last weekend with Harry Angel and could hardly be in better form coming into Newbury.
We caught up with Kirby to discuss the stars in the Cox stable.
You partnered Harry Angel to July Cup success last weekend. Why were you so confident the horse would win?
He’s very good and he showed that at Haydock. At Ascot nothing went right for us and I was disappointed to get beat, especially for the horse. At Newmarket he was able to prove how good he was and that’s a special feeling.
There have been suggestions Harry Angel benefited from being well placed at Newmarket. Do you think he was at an advantage?
He’s simply a very good horse. He may have been in the right place at the right time but he’s got a great turn of foot and full credit has to go to him.
Heartache runs in the Prix Robert Papin at the weekend. How do you rate her prospects?
I haven’t seen her recently and obviously it’s a shame I can’t ride her. She’s extremely good and the feeling she gave me at Ascot backs that up. She has a very high cruising speed and a great turn of foot on top of that. In my eyes she’s a Group 1 filly.
Both those horses are trained by Clive Cox. How good a trainer is he and what is he like to work with?
Clive’s very good at what he does, there’s no fluke about his success. His horses are all big, strong and well fed and well exercised. He’s a very good trainer and you don’t need to look into it too far. I’ve been riding for him a long while. I finished my apprenticeship there and we get on well. We tell each other exactly how it is and we can make good plans as a result. We keep it simple.