Wednesday 15 April 2020

George Scott's 2yos to Follow in 2020

George Scott is a horse trainer who needs little introduction since launching his career at the end of 2015. 

Based at Eve Lodge Stables, Newmarket, off Hamilton Road, he has made a favourable impression with the racing industry and punters alike. 

Scott has made his name as a trainer of class horses including two-year-olds. 

James Garfield won the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury and contended the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, United States. 

Racing at the highest class at three, this son of Exceed And Excel now stands as a stallion at Rathbarry Stud, Ireland. 

George has been good enough to detail a few of his two-year-olds for the 2020 Flat season.    

REVERENTIAL Lope De Vega filly out of Fifth Commandment. She was purchased at Deauville, France, for 160,000 euros from Arqana Sales in August 2019. She is bred by Ballylinch Stud. She's a physical type and her full-sister won first timeout. I think Lope De Vega is one of the best stallions that is accessible to most trainers. This filly is a forward type with a fantastic attitude. I hope she will be ready for early summer.

GEORGE PEABODY is a colt by Holy Roman Emperor out of Swordhalf from Tattersalls October Book 2 Yearling Sale. He was purchased from Stauffenberg Bloodstock. Now in the ownership of W J and T C O Gredley (90,000 gns). The mare was a champion two-year-old in Germany. He’s a lovely rangey colt with a very good action. He’s currently enjoying a break back at the stud to strengthen up. I do think he's going to be a lovely backend two-year-old and a particularly nice three-year-old for next year. He’s a flashy horse with a white face and moves very well.

GREAT VIBES is a homebred daughter of Showcasing out of Whazzat, which makes her a half-sister to James Garfield. He's a fantastic stallion, who had plenty of speed. She's very athletic, tall and leggy and finds life relatively easy at this stage. I’m looking forward to galloping with her in six weeks. She goes very well. 

LATIFFA is a Kingman filly out of a mare called Lady Nouf, who was Listed-placed. I believe she was purchased at Tattersalls Book 2 for 72,000 gns. Wonder sire Kingman is quickly becoming one of the leading stallions in Europe. Latiffa is an excellent moving filly although she is from a late-maturing family so I don't think she will be out till later in the year. She does everything easy and she's a very pretty filly with a good constitution.

PERFECT COUNTRY is a filly by Australia out of Scarlet Empire and cost 40,000 euros from Goffs Yearling Sales. She's a huge grey filly with a long stride. She’s from the family of Sky Lantern. All she’s done is grown and she's still got plenty of maturing to do but I am confident she can be a lovely staying filly for next year. 

PUNTA ARENAS is owned and bred by the Niarchos Family. He's by Quality Road out of a mare called Absolute Crackers. It’s pretty exciting to have a Quality Road colt. He's a fantastic sire in America and this is a very very good looking horse with a very good action. The mare was useful - she was rated in the 90s. I believe her first foal who ran last year is above average. This horse will be a nice middle-distance horse in time.

SMASH HIT (70,000 gns) is sired by Territories out of a mare called Sell Out who I believe was rated 109/110 mark and won a Listed race in France. She produced a couple of stakes horses and Territories is a stallion I thought made a lot of sense. This horse has quite a lot of Invincible Spirit in him. He's an easy-moving horse and very very good looking and goes well at home. He will be a nice summer two-year-old. 

SIMULATION THEORY is a nice colt. He’s by Starspangledbanner typically out of a mare called Barawin and cost 30,000 gns. He's typical of the sire: chest out horse and huge long stride. I’ve been very pleased with his progress and he's an enormous horse and going to be a monster one day and a very easy-moving horse with a good attitude. He won't be ready until later in the summer but I think he's going to be a nice fast horse who will progress over the next year or so. 

TEQUILA TEQUILA filly out of Tequila Sunrise, sired by Iffraaj. She's a half-sister to an unraced three-year-old in my yard who I like. She was a cheap purchase at 11,000 gns but goes very well. She's just started some light work and should be ready to run when the season starts.

BUNGLEDUPINBLUE is a filly sired by Bungle Inthejungle out of Generous Heart and cost £23,000 at the yearling sales. She's very sharp and would have run in the first two-year-old race of the season (Brocklesby Stakes). She goes nicely and has a really good attitude and I think she will be one who could be very competitive on debut.

Thank you, George. Have a great season and thanks for your support.  

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