Borderlescott set for Nunthorpe bid
Borderlescott has made a remarkable recovery from injury and could still run in the Nunthorpe Stakes next week, having earlier been ruled out for the season following the Audi King George Stakes win at Goodwood last month.
Trainer Robin Bastiman is confident that the veteran sprinter will be able to go for the Nunthorpe Stakes hat-trick, but admits that he will make a ‘late decision’ next week.
“Everything is OK with him at the moment. He came out of his first canter back on Friday fine and has done another couple this morning,” said Bastiman.
“He seems fine again and having spoken to the owner, we’ve decided to leave him in the confirmations, but it’s going to be a late decision on whether he’s going to run or not.
“He’ll have to have a gallop one day, probably on Tuesday, and if he comes out of that all right, I think he’ll probably run.”
Aiden O’Brien’s Starspangledbanner is going for a hat-trick of his own, having won his last two Group One outings at the Golden Jubilee and July Cup, and is the current 2/1 favourite in the ante-post betting.
Barry Hills’s Equiano remains the closest challenger in the betting and is currently priced at 5/2, with Jeremy Noseda’s Fleeting Spirit and previous winner Kingsgate Native next best at 6/1.