After a Hannon treble, James Garfield's star turn at Newbury was a real bonus for his newlywed trainer
James Garfield - with Frankie Dettori aboard - provided trainer George Scott with a perfect belated wedding surprise when breaking the juvenile course record in the £75,000 Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes - the highlight of day two of the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend at Newbury (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.
However, the talk amongst local punters was about Marlborough trainer Richard Hannon's amazing treble of wins on the first day of the meeting - Friday, September 22 - a feat given odds of 1,070-1. The three Hannon victories included Tabarrack taking the Listed feature race under Jim Crowley.
Added to that Beckhampton trainer Roger Charlton sent out Blakeney Point to win the one mile four furlong handicap. And, by the way, watch out for the Charlton trained Frankel colt Herculean at Haydock next Saturday.
In Saturday's feature race at Newbury, the colt James Garfield was sent off a 100/30 shot after going down by a nose in the Group 3 Acomb Stakes at York last month and ran on strongly under Frankie Dettori to hit the front half a furlong from home. He galloped out well to beat 5/2 favourite Invincible Army by three quarters of a length in 1m 10.64s - a new record time over six furlongs at Newbury.
George Scott: "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 Group 1 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. James Garfield has grown and strengthened, put on plenty of condition and there is no reason why he can't keep progressing."
Winning jockey Frankie Dettori - who gave the crowd one of his flying dismounts - called Scott 'an up-and-coming trainer': "George was telling me after a few glasses of champagne last weekend how this horse was going to win today and he was spot on."
"James Garfield is a bonny horse, who was just touched off at York, and now we are going to take our chance in America. He stays seven furlongs as well, but George had this race in mind for a long time and it looked a good opportunity."
George Scott and Polly did manage to fit in a brief honeymoon in Mallorca. It is not usually part of getting married to give your father-in-law such a momentous present as James Garfield's win.
David Simcock, another Newmarket trainer, captured the £60,000 Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup for a third successive year as 13/2 shot Desert Encounter capitalised on a drop in class with a swooping victory under Sean Levey in the 11-furlong contest.
Evergreen 10-year-old Take Cover became the oldest winner of the £60,000 Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy with a typically brave front-running performance.
The 8/1 chance, trained by David Griffiths in Yorkshire and partnered by David Allan, gamely repelled all challengers for a three-quarter length verdict over 9/2 favourite Cotai Glory in a quick time of 58.79s for the five furlongs.
Brorocco, wearing the silks that Mill Reef sported throughout his career, proved an apt winner of the 10-furlong £75,000 Dubai Duty Free Handicap, when scoring for Newbury's local trainer Andrew Balding, jockey David Probert and the Kingsclere Racing Club. The famous black and gold colours were given to the Balding family by Mill Reef's owner Paul Mellon.
Another set of famous colours was carried to victory in the 12-furlong £11,500 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Handicap as the William Haggas-trained Daphne, home-bred by Her Majesty The Queen, rallied strongly under Ryan Moore to win at 8/1 on her first start in 367 days by three quarters of a length from 13/8 favourite Weekender.
John Gosden claimed both divisions of the seven-furlong £8,000 Wedgewood Estates EBF Novice Stakes, with an impressive display from the regally-bred Emaraaty, who was purchased for 2.6 million guineas by owner Hamdan Al Maktoum as a yearling.
Fennaan also showed the benefit of previous experience to take division one under Jimmy Fortune. The 7/1 chance took up the running over a furlong out and resisted the late challenge of 7/2 favourite Sam Gold.