Silvestre De Sousa on standby for James Garfield Guineas mount

George Scott has champion jockey primed to take over from Frankie Dettori

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Silvestre de Sousa will come in for the ride on James Garfield in Saturday’s Qipco 2000 Guineas if Frankie Dettori is unavailable.

George Scott’s star colt made a successful start to his three-year-old campaign when winning the Greenham Stakes at Newbury last month, his second big-race success at the Berkshire circuit under Dettori having also landed the Mill Reef last September.

Scott would love the popular Italian to be on board in the first colts’ Classic of the year, but he could yet be required to ride the John Gosden-trained Without Parole and the Newmarket-based trainer is thrilled to have the reigning champion jockey on standby.

He said: “It’s still to be decided if Frankie rides him. It will sit in the hands of Mr Gosden whether he runs Without Parole or not.

“I’m unsure what the situation is regarding running plans with him. We will wait and see and it will be dictated by that rather than anything else.

“He is Frankie’s ride and will be until the last minute. We have an incredible able deputy in Silvestre De Sousa. He is a great friend of the yard.

“He comes and rides work for me a lot. He has ridden James (Garfield) in plenty of work and he is a top, world-class rider.

“It is not as big an issue as it might seem at all. He is a straightforward colt to ride and Silvestre knows him well.”

James Garfield continued his preparation for the weekend when working over six furlongs on the Cambridge Road Polytrack gallop on Tuesday morning.

Scott said: “He has come out of his Newbury run extremely well. Obviously we’ve not done a huge amount of work with him since then. Today was the most he has done and he has come through that lovely.

“He didn’t really have a blow and he was bright and fresh after the work. I’m delighted with that.”

The son of Exceed and Excel has run just once over a mile when he failed to fire in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Scott is confident neither the trip or ground conditions will trouble him, however.

He said: “That’s the big question (the mile). I feel like America should be taken out of his CV a bit as he wasn’t able to run at all there.

“I don’t see why he won’t get the mile. His racing style gives him the opportunity to do so and there is plenty of stamina on the dam’s side.

“He has run well on all types of ground. I believe he is better and more effective on top of the ground. We’ve missed the majority of the rain over the last couple of days and if we don’t get too much rain tonight, I’d say it will be on the fast side of good, which would be lovely for him.”

Assessing the 2000 Guineas as a whole, Scott added: “Although it looks a more open race this year, there is plenty of depth to it.

“I think Masar goes there with the best recent form. He is a course and distance winner and he was an emphatic winner of the Craven.

“Charlie’s (Appleby) horses are flying and if we didn’t win, I’d love to see Masar win as Charlie is a good friend of mine.

“He would be the horse I would fear the most.”

Silvestre De Sousa on standby for James Garfield Guineas mount

Newmarket 15:35, 5 May 2018

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