Harry Angel has been ruled out of Saturday's Newmarket meeting and is now being aimed for a return to action at Haydock in September.
The four-year-old suffered a cut to his leg when playing up in the stalls at Royal Ascot last month and that injury appeared to have an impact on his performance in the Diamond Jubilee as he ended up 11th.
Despite the issue, it was hoped the bay colt, who was victorious at York in May, would be fit enough to defend his crown in Saturday's Darley July Cup at Newmarket.
However, Cox has revealed his charge will not be racing this weekend and has instead set out a return to action in September.
"I'm afraid he's not going to make it in time for Saturday," he told www.godolphin.com. "After reporting he had done well with the cut to his leg (healing), I feel he is still not 100% and won't be ready.
"I couldn't be confident at this level. You have to be at the top of your game to win a July Cup.
"It's only a blip, but it's bad timing. The gap between Ascot and the July Meeting is short enough as it is. It's a shame because he misses the chance to defend his crown at Newmarket.
"I need more time to get him be back to his very best. I feel that the Haydock Sprint Cup in September is a realistic plan for him."
Article Posted on Monday 9th July 2018 @ 12.46
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