Battle-hardened Bordlerlescott is the toast of Beverley
Ten-year-old sprinter Borderlescott rolled back the years on Saturday to land a hugely popular victory at Beverley. Robin Bastiman’s stable stalwart, twice a winner of the Group 1 Nunthorpe in the past, was racking up a fourteenth career victory in the Betfred Beverley Bullet Stakes under Frederik Tylicki.
Tyliki was having his first ride on Borderlescott as they burst clear down the far side a furlong out to see off the favourite, Masamah, by a head.
North Yorkshire-based Bastiman was understandably delighted afterwards with his stable star returning to the winner’s enclosure for the first time in over a year, saying, "It was great to see him win again and show those young 'uns how to run!"
Borderlescott could head next to contest the Ayr Gold Cup, a race in which he finished runner-up in 2006, although he would have to shoulder a penalty now for this listed race success. He could also be back at the top level by the end of the season in a bid to emulate last year’s Beverley Bullet winner, Tangerine Trees, who went on to win the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp the following month. Bastiman added, "There's a Group Three at Newbury and he's got to go for the Abbaye anyway. The owners will want to run him in that. It might be his last chance for a Group One."
Elsewhere over the weekend, Fantastic Moon marked himself down as a future Classic star with a last-to-first victory in the Candy Kittens Solario Stakes at Sandown. The Jeremy Noseda-trained two-year-old flew home under a perfectly-timed challenge from William Buick to beat Godolphin’s Tha’Ir a head, earning quotes as low as 20/1 for next year’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas in the process. Next stop for the promising juvenile could be either the Royal Lodge at Ascot at the end of the month or the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
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