Onwards March

One of the most industrious of the leading sprint 2-year-olds in 2017, Saeed Manana’s Invincible Army (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) takes aim at Saturday’s G2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef S. at Newbury. Fourth in the G2 July S. at Newmarket on July 13, the homebred was runner-up in the five-furlong G3 Molecomb S. at Goodwood on Aug. 2 and in the G2 Gimcrack S. back at this trip at York on Aug. 26 before winning the G3 Sirenia S. with authority on Kempton’s Polytrack on Sept. 9. “He took the Sirenia very well,” trainer James Tate said. “We thought the chances of getting his ground at Newbury at this time of year were slim, but it’s good-to-firm, good in places and there’s very little rain forecast. He’s in great form.”

Bill Gredley’s James Garfield (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) brings the excellent form of the Aug. 1 G2 Vintage S. to the table, having been fourth to Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) there and he bids for atonement after being nosed out by Wells Farhh Go (Ire) (Farhh {GB}) in York’s G3 Acomb S. over seven furlongs on Aug. 23. “I have been very pleased with James Garfield since his terrific effort in the Acomb,” trainer George Scott commented. “He has not put a foot wrong all season and I don’t envisage him doing any different tomorrow. All being well, he will then head to California for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.”

Third in the Acomb and 3 3/4 lengths adrift of James Garfield was Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited’s Lansky (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), who is less exposed than the standard-bearers here and is open to improvement. “He looks a nice type and he ran well at York,” jockey Jamie Spencer said. “If he’s progressed again, he should have a chance.”

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