James Garfield breaks Newbury course record

James Garfield provided trainer George Scott with a perfect belated wedding present when breaking the juvenile course record in the £75,000 G2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury yesterday (Saturday, September 23).

Newmarket-based Scott was recording a breakthrough first Group success just seven days after marrying Polly, daughter of James Garfield’s co-owner Bill Gredley.

The Exceed And Excel colt James Garfield, sent off a 100/30 shot after going down by a nose in the G3 Acomb Stakes at York on August 23, ran on strongly under Frankie Dettori to hit the front half a furlong from home and galloped out well to beat 5/2 favourite Invincible Army by three quarters of a length in 1m 10.64s – a new two-year-old record for six furlongs at Newbury.

James Garfield wins the G2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes 
Scott revealed: “It has been the most amazing week and I am very grateful to everyone that has worked hard with the horse at home. It is great when it all comes together.
“James Garfield has danced every dance this year and has been unlucky on several occasions. He has shown it over five, six and seven furlongs, and is a pretty versatile horse who has improved physically the whole time.
“I think he lost his position a couple of times but Frankie was travelling so well that he was happy to keep the horse in a rhythm and not rush him. He came through the field really nicely and hit the line great.
“We will go to the Breeders’ Cup now – the G1 Juvenile Turf (November 3) has always been the race we have been wanting to go to and he will get the tight mile at Del Mar.

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