James Garfield shatters track record at Newbury to set up Breeders' Cup run for George Scott

Sat 23 Sep 2017

Watch James Garfield break the juvenile track record in 1m.10.64s at Newbury on Saturday in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes and Nick Luck's interview with winning trainer George Scott.

By staff

James Garfield gave trainer George Scott the first Group win of his career with a clear-cut success in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury.

Agonisingly beaten on the line in the Acomb Stakes at York, he was sent off 100-30 to go one better and Frankie Dettori made no mistake.

Running in the colours of Bill Gredley, who is Scott's new father-in-law, James Garfield burst clear with a furlong to run.

The 5-2 favourite Invincible Army came out of the pack to challenge, but this time James Garfield was not to be denied.

The Exceed And Excel colt had three-quarters of a length in hand over the favourite as they crossed the line.

Dettori said: "The owner is a good friend of mine and I'd like to say congratulations to George as he only got married last weekend.

"Over a few glasses of champagne, he was telling me how this horse was going to win today and he was absolutely right.

"He's a funny horse, he just got touched off at York but now I think he's off to America.

"He stays seven, but this was a good opportunity over six. This is George's biggest win."

Paddy Power clipped the winner from 10-1 in to 7-1 for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf behind the Irish trio of Beckford, Sioux Nation and Seahenge and the Nwmarket handler is ready to take aim at Del Mar in early November.

Scott said: "We went away for a couple of days in Majorca, but we are going on a proper honeymoon in January. I got married a week ago today so it has been a pretty amazing week.

"He has danced every dance this year and has been unlucky on several occasions. He has shown it over five, six and seven furlongs now, so he is a pretty versatile horse. He has improved physically the whole time and I am slightly lost for words really.

"It was all pretty smooth for Frankie. He said he was where he wanted to be, although he lost his position, he had plenty of horse and hit the line great - it was dream stuff really.

"We will go to the Breeders' Cup now. The Breeders'Cup has always been the race we've been wanting to go to.

"Exceed And Excels have always gone great out there, he has got tactical speed and he will get a tight mile. Since he sat on him at York, Frankie has always been keen to go to the Breeders' Cup. If he ran in the first four here, that was the plan.

"He has made hay this year. People might think he is just a two-year-old, but he has grown and strengthened and put on plenty of condition. There is no reason why he can't keep progressing.

"I would imagine he would go for a seven-furlong trial (next year), then we have the two options, we can either go up to a mile or come back to six for the Commonwealth Cup."

James Garfield is a best-priced 16-1 for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in 2018.

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