Greenham winner James Garfield set for Prix Maurice de Gheest bid

Scott runner was last seen in Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot

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Connections of James Garfield are keen on having a crack at the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on August 5.

The George Scott-trained colt, owned by Bill and Tim Gredley, has run well in defeat since making a winning reappearance in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury.

He was only seventh to Expert Eye, who was behind him that day, in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot but had to carry a 5lb penalty.

“We’ve got him back after Ascot, where I thought he ran a creditable race under the penalty,” said Scott.

“The race didn’t play out to his strengths. It developed in the middle of the track and he was very much on the wing. He kind of got up on the line on his side, but he could have been closer.

“I’ve spoken to the Gredleys and they are especially keen to go to the Maurice de Gheest.

“It is a cool and fun idea. There is no reason why they shouldn’t have a crack at these types of races.

“At the end of the day Bill and Tim breed horses for their enjoyment. Bill has had some luck at the track before and I’m looking forward to running him.”

He added: “I think his ideal trip is seven and he would probably get a tight mile as well.

“There is a possibility he could turn up in France with headgear on to sharpen him up to change it around. I can’t confirm that until we see him work in it, though.”

Greenham winner James Garfield set for Prix Maurice de Gheest bid
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