‘Fire is still there’ for Glorious veteran

Borderlescott, centre, wins the Group 2 Audi King George Stakes at Goodwood
Borderlescott, centre, wins the Group 2 Audi King George Stakes at Goodwood
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Veteran sprinter Borderlescott today bids for his 14th career triumph and fourth in Group company.

The dual Glorious Goodwood winner lines up alongside 14 rivals in the Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes at Newmarket (3.45pm).

Due off minutes after Frankel’s bid for 2,000 Guineas glory, the Group 3 contest is the 53rd race of Borderlescott’s stunning career.

A Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes victory in 2009 is the highlight to date, with the nine-year-old son of Compton Place boasting almost £750,000 in prize money.

With his Stewards’ Cup win in 2006 and Audi King George Stakes triumph last summer, he is a firm favourite with Goodwood punters, too.

The gelding endured a disappointing end to last summer but, buoyed by the Group 2 win in West Sussex, trainer Robin Bastiman insists Borderlescott’s hunger for racing remains.

‘He’s had a good winter,’ said the North Yorkshire handler.

‘There’s been no hiccups or problems, which is the main thing.

‘He’s obviously a bit older now but the fire is still there in the belly.

‘I rushed him at the back-end of last season.

‘He shouldn’t have run in the Nunthorpe and hadn’t quite recovered on his next start.

‘We should have just run him in the Abbaye instead of York and Haydock but hindsight’s a wonderful thing.

‘We’ll run in the Temple after this.

‘Hopefully, age hasn’t caught up with him just yet.’