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Friday, 19 October, 2018

Sprint Cup next on the cards for George Scott's James Garfield

James Garfield has options after his close second in the Prix Maurice de Gheest
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James Garfield, who narrowly missed out on a first Group 1 success in the Prix Maurice de Gheest last Sunday, is set to return to action next month and will be supplemented for the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock.

George Scott's three-year-old was agonisingly denied in the dying stages of the 6½f Deauville contest by Polydream on Sunday, causing the trainer to lament: "I won't lie, my heart is broken, but I am so proud of him."

Now Scott is eyeing a drop back to 6f for the Sprint Cup, for which he needs to be supplemented, before a tilt at the 7f Prix de la Foret at Longchamp, or the Champions Sprint on Champions Day at Ascot.

Speaking at Brighton on Wednesday, Scott said: “We are going to run him in the Haydock Sprint Cup, which he will need to be supplemented for. He ran really well at Deauville and is a credit to our yard.

“We’ve got options with him now. We’re looking at the Champions Sprint Stakes or the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp, and then he’ll head to Dubai for the winter. It’s nice to be able to plan with him, his races tend to pick themselves.”

It has been a whirlwind few years since Scott was granted his training licence and he admitted he did not expect to have accomplished so much so soon.

“I’m incredibly lucky to be in this position after three years, but it’s a total team effort and a lot is down to the staff back at my yard. It’s great to think that we’re still just getting started,” he said.


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It’s nice to be able to plan with him. His races tend to pick themselves
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