Tomorrow looks to be the most exciting day in my short career so far as a trainer. James Garfield will run at Haydock in the Group 1 32Red Sprint Cup off of a career best run last time out when finishing second in the Prix Maurice de Gheest. He lines up against a quality field, including one of the fastest horses in the world - Harry Angel, who was an emphatic winner of the race 12 months ago. I’ve been delighted with his preparation and feel that the track should suit him well. Ideally, we would have had a little less rain, however he’s shown some high-quality form with cut in the ground before. I believe he's still improving.
Our attention will first be on Ascot, where Gilgamesh bids to win the Cunard Handicap Stakes. He’s run some excellent races in defeat this year and was unable to give his running at Newmarket through no fault of his own. I was delighted with his reappearance at Chelmsford last week; although he had little choice but to drop in from a far outside draw the run should put him spot on for tomorrow. We have enlisted the services of Jamie Spencer who is reunited with the gelding after winning on him 3 times from 4 rides as a 3-year-old.
Both races will be live on ITV - Gilgamesh 2.45pm at & and James Garfield at 4.15pm.
Above - James Garfield completes his final piece of work on Tuesday under Frankie Dettori