Newmarket trainer George Scott planning further overseas outings for Another Batt after victory at the Dubai Carnival
After his success at the Dubai Carnival last week, George Scott is now plotting an international campaign for Another Batt.
The four-year-old made himself somewhat of a favourite among the Saffron House Stables staff following wins at Ripon, Ayr and in Turkey in 2017, before adding to his tally at Chester last May.
And his status within the yard will have gone up a notch or two following his exploits last Thursday when he finished strongly under the Meydan lights to clinch the Moon Phase Handicap ahead of Saeed bin Suroor’s Top Score.
It was a performance that is likely to spark an overseas adventure, starting with the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort back in Dubai on January 24.
“For him to put in a performance like that is really significant,” said Scott. “He has always had a wonderful stride but has been very weak with it. Now he has put some muscle and strength into that frame and we are seeing the results.
“We will get the next race in Dubai out of the way and then make some plans, but Australia could be on the cards. The Group 2 in Dubai is going to be a bit of a crossroads for him and will answer a few questions.
“He has a wonderful attitude to travelling and he seems to enjoy it. He is inquisitive when he goes abroad, embraces the challenge and he can run anything from six furlongs to a mile, maybe even a mile one. That gives us a lot of international options.”
Ironically, there was a genuine chance last year that Scott was going to lose the horse.
Excel Racing, a syndicate of which footballer Charlie Austin is a member, were considering selling Another Batt until the trainer talked the Southampton striker around.
“He is a real favourite of ours in the yard,” added Scott. “There are few horses that when you turn up to the races you know they are going to perform, but you know with him.
“If the horse was sold he would need replacing and chances are you would not get one as good at that price. I had to argue my point but that is what we are paid to do. Thankfully it has worked.”