Cowthorpe trainer Robin Bastiman has great news about his recently retired stable star Borderlescott.
The 11-year-old has not taken well to retirement so is back in training and is showing his younger stablemates a clean pair of hoofs on the gallops.
Following a couple of lacklustre runs last October, combined with a suspicion of a minor heart problem, the horse was meant to spend his dotage with Robin’s daughter Becky who had been given the horse by his owners.
However, watching all the other horses being exercised did not sit well with ‘Scotty’ and aglowing vet’s report, and heart scan, means he is back and his first target is a Listed race at York on July 13th after which a campaign will be mapped out
The best racing this Saturday takes place at Sandown, where it’s Coral Eclipse day. Al Kazeem will start a hot favourite for the Eclipse based on his win at Royal Ascot, but I think he’s worth taking on with the third that day, The Fugue.
William Buick gave the filly too much to do that day and if he can keep closer tabs on Al Kazeem then she can do him for toe late on. I’m also sweet on another filly, Moment In Time, in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.
Scarcroft trainer Richard Whitaker obviously also loves the fillies as seven out of his eight winners this year have come from the fairer sex. They hope to keep up their fine run with Mey Blossom at Doncaster on Friday and Tumblewind at either Haydock on Saturday or Ripon on Monday, both fillies, of course. Top apprentice George Chaloner rides Mey Blossom and is proving the ‘go to’ jockey for Richard and other local trainers.
Another trainer in form is Tim Walford who passes on a good word for his Blue Top at Beverley on Friday night. Last week’s impressive winner Mr Snoozy, tipped in these pages, will now be upped in trip in order to stay in front of the handicapper.
Beverley stage a two day meeting on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The action then moves to Ripon on Monday when the ‘Garden Racecourse’ stages its fourth evening meeting of the summer, starting at 6.20pm. Pontefract race on Tuesday then on Wednesday at Catterick it is the 5th Regiment Royal Artillery day.
Garlick’s Goodies: Mey Blossom – Doncaster – Friday 5:15pm;Blue Top – Beverley – Friday 9pm;Tumblewind – Haydock – Saturday 1:45pm (or Ripon on Monday); Moment in Time – Haydock – Saturday 2:55pm;The Fugue – Sandown – Saturday 3:50pm.