James Garfield proves a star in Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury

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 (2.50pm), highlight of day two of the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend at Newbury on 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…

Cox aiming for Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes repeat with Grand Koonta

In-form Lambourn trainer Clive Cox is well-represented at Newbury on the second day of the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend, Saturday, September 23, with runners in each of the three Group races.   The highlight of the eight-race programme is the £75,000 G2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (2.50pm, 10 runners) over six furlongs for two-year-olds. Cox was successful 12 months ago with Harry Angel, who has since established himself as Europe’s standout sprinter, and the handler relies this year on Grand Koonta (Adam…

Caspian Prince ready to take on the World at Newbury on Saturday

Caspian Prince is set to contest the £60,000 Group Three Dubai International Airport World Trophy (4pm) over five furlongs at Newbury on Saturday, September 23, ahead of a potential tilt at the $1-million G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar, USA, in November. Caspian Prince joined North Yorkshire trainer Tony Coyle earlier this year and, at the age of eight, is in the form of his life with a career-best rating of 115, the highest among the 24 entries for Saturday’s race. The five-furlong specialist…

Cardsharp and U S Navy Flag among 17 going forward for Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes

Cardsharp and U S Navy Flag could renew their rivalry in the £75,000 Group Two Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (2.50pm, 17 confirmations) at Newbury on the second day of the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend, Saturday, September 23. The six-furlong contest boasts an excellent recent roll of honour, with the last two winners Ribchester (2015) and Harry Angel (2016) gaining five Group One prizes between them this year. Harry Angel storms to victory in the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes Cardsharp (Mark Johnston) and…

Eventful weekend changes the 2017 Cartier Racing Awards’ picture

The weekend of September 9 and 10 saw top-class racing in Ireland, France and Britain, which has had a significant impact on the standings for the 2017 Cartier Racing Awards.   European horseracing’s top awards are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races (30%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus ITV Racing viewers (35%).  …

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