Smoothtalkinrascaljust edges out Borderlescott in a heartbreaking finishPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Photo finish agony for old-timer Borderlescott
Report: Musselburgh, Good Friday
totepool.com Borderlescott Sprint Trophy (A Conditions Race) (Class 2) 5f, 3yo+
THERE was heartbreak for Borderlescott as the 12-year-old missed out on victory in his own race at Musselburgh by a nose when pipped to the post by Smoothtalkinrascal in a photo finish.
The race was run in his name for the first time last year and Robin Bastiman's veteran sprinter looked set to clinch a 14th career win, and a second in the race six years after his first, as he came between runners with a powerful finish.
Neil Farley rode from the back of the field to slip between early pace-setters Fire Eyes and Tangerine Trees with a just over a furlong to go. The excitement mounted as the veteran on looked to have victory in the bag on his 74th career start.
However Silvestre de Sousa spoiled the party with a late surge on Smoothtalkinrascal, who powered toward the post to force a photo finish. David O'Meara's 7-1 shot claimed his first victory in nearly a year, as Inxile followed in third.
Borderlescott may have been beaten, but the performance of the two-time winner of the Group 1 Nunthorpe delighted connections, with Bastiman not showing any signs of letting up on the old-timer who so nearly defied his starting price of 33-1.
"It shows he's still got it in him. He'll go up in the handicap again now, so we'll see, I'll put him in the Palace House Stakes," he said. "He'll come on for that, he doesn't usually come to himself until July or August and he must have fast ground these days."