Turf talk: Scotty returns as Festival begins

Racehorse trainer Robin Bastiman  with Borderlescott(left) and his  travelling companian  Valiant Romeo  at his satbles at Cowthorpe near Wetherby.

Racehorse trainer Robin Bastiman with Borderlescott(left) and his travelling companian Valiant Romeo at his satbles at Cowthorpe near Wetherby.

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Cowthorpe trainer Robin Bastiman was delighted with the performance of stable star Borderlescott at York last Saturday.

Despite racing for the first time since last October the 11-year-old ran a cracker to be fifth, beaten just over two lengths by race-fit, younger rivals.

Robin said: “He’s come out of the race well, the old boy was a bit stiff and sore, a bit like me, but otherwise he’s fine.”

The plan is to go to Goodwood in a couple of weeks before a possible tilt at the Nunthorpe at the Ebor Festival back on the Knavesmire.

The Yorkshire Summer Festival of Racing kicks off at Ripon on Saturday with all sorts of entertainment: fire-eaters, stilt walkers and even an eccentric electronic racehorse! Action gets under way at pm and in the feature race, the Ripon Bell-Ringer Handicap, I fancy Mark Johnston to train the winner. A few of Mark’s horses flopped at Royal Ascot and have then come out to win and I hope Royal Skies or Salutation can keep up the trend by winning at Ripon.

The action moves on to Redcar on Sunday and Beverley’s ‘Fashion Night’ on Monday evening. There is no racing in the county on Tuesday but there is a great opportunity to see behind the scenes of Wetherby Racecourse on that day. There will be experts on hand to give tours of the weighing room, commentary box, steward’s room etc, plus demos of fence building. Gates open from 11pm to 3pm; admission is free but you do need to register at http://www.goracing.co.uk/summer-festival.html if you wish to attend. Catterick hold a great meeting on Wednesday. The first race starts at 2pm with Skybet sponsoring the feature race.

Scarcroft trainer Richard Whitaker was very unlucky when his Love Island, tipped in this column, was beaten a whisker at York.

He sends Diamond Blue to race at Pontefract for the first time on Friday night. A combination of a new track and a drop in the weights could see this enigmatic character go close to winning.

Elkaayed could run in the Listed race at Hamilton on Friday night but is also declared at Newbury next day, I would fancy him wherever he turns up.

Finally, Riposte was a ready winner at Royal Ascot and connections have paid £40,000 to supplement her for the Irish Oaks on Saturday, which could be money well spent as I think she will win.

Garlick’s Goodies: Diamond Blue – Friday Pontefract 9:05pm;Elkaayed – Friday Hamilton 8:15pm;Royal Skies – Saturday Ripon 3:45pm;Salutation – Saturday Ripon 4:20pm;Riposte – Saturday The Curragh 6:15pm.