REFLECTION AND RUNNING PLANS FOR JAMES GARFIELD
It has taken me a couple of days to reflect on James Garfield’s magnificent run in the Prix Maurice de Gheest. During that minute and 16 seconds, my body surged through every emotion, from disbelief to ecstasy, back down to heartbreak as James was cruelly denied in the last strides having made all the running.
Going into France I was confident of a big run, whilst being realistic about his prospects in a race with a maximum field of 20, many of whom had either won or competed at Group 1 level.
I was sure he was turning up a fresh horse to Deauville, on reflection his Greenham win and excellent run in the 2000 Guineas may have left a mark over the prevailing weeks. With blinkers fitted for the first time, he broke fast under Frankie and got himself into a lovely rhythm looking the winner from the outset. He was reeled in by a quality filly - beaten fair and square on the day.
He will now be supplemented for the Group 1 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock on September 8th. With similar tactics and a nice gap between races I can't wait.Champions Day and the Prix de la Forêt on Arc day at Longchamp will then be discussed after which he will have a break before concentrating on Dubai for the Al Quoz Sprint in March.
He’s been an incredible horse for me since the outset and I’m hugely grateful to Bill and Tim for allowing me to train their wonderful homebred.