From being Assistant at Warren Place, George Scott has started building his own empire having already landed the Mill Reef with stable star James Garfield. We talk to George about his career so far, Frankie Dettori and the a couple for the future….
You began training for yourself in 2015, can you tell us what made you take the plunge to go alone and who has influenced your career?
– I was Assistant at Warren Place when Jane Cecil decided to retire so it seemed a natural step to take out my own licence. A few people have influenced my career, Michael Bell and David Loder especially, although I mainly try to learn from my own mistakes.
Has it been difficult to find owners and has the success of James Garfield helped to bring more owners to the yard?
– Not particularly, we’ve been relatively lucky so far with plenty of support from lots of lovely owners. James Garfield has obviously boosted our profile and as a result I would think that we’ve picked up a few new clients.
James Garfield, Another Batt & Road to Dubai have all been revelations for the yard, Did you think success would come so quickly?
– James Garfield and Another Batt have both been brilliant servants to us. I hoped if we worked hard and put the right team in place then the results would come, however I feel enormously grateful and lucky to have a horse of James Garfield’s calibre so early in my career. We will continue to work hard and hopefully we’ll find some other stars to pick up the baton in the future.
You and Charlie Fellowes are good friends and have lot’s of friendly banter. It must be great to see you both doing so well?
– Yes, it’s wonderful to see him doing well. We have a friendly rivalry but I think both of us understand that there’s plenty of space in the market for both of us
How did teaming Frankie & James Garfield come about? And were you surprised by winning the Mill Reef?
– Frankie is one of the greatest riders of all time so naturally we are delighted to get him on any of our horses. I’m also very good friends with him, as is my brother in law Tim Gredley who is the owner of James Garfield so it seemed a natural fit. I wasn’t surprised to see him win the Mill Reef, he’s been a very good colt since the outset and I was hopeful he could be very competitive at the least.
If you could have trained any horse PAST or PRESENT, who would it be and why?
– I would have loved to have trained Noble Mission under my own name, he was a remarkable horse – sound, a great mind and possessed plenty of speed. I think if he would’ve stayed in training he could have gone on to be one of the greats; I’d love to train a horse like him.
Thank you for your time George, I know how busy you are. Before I sign off, could you give our readers a couple of horses to follow please?
2-yo colts: Reloaded (Excelebration) & Manguzi (Planteur)
We would like to thank George for his time and wish his team all the best for the future, which is already off to a great start and is looking very bright for the team.
Interview by Rich Williams – arseonlinetips
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