Borderlescott: yet to win since being brought out of retirement this yearPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Pride of Yorkshire bids to strike first in sprint
Eddie And Violet Smith Conditions Stakes | 5f, 3yo+ | RUK
TWO old stagers of Yorkshire sprinting bid for a belated first victory of 2013 in the feature event on Beverley's final card of the season.
Dual Nunthorpe winner Borderlescott has yet to add to his 14 successes since being brought out of retirement this year but he was beaten less than a length into third in the Listed Beverley Bullet last month.
Last year's Duke of York Stakes winner Tiddliwinks finished last in three of his first four starts this term but he was less than five lengths behind Jwala when ninth in the Group 1 Nunthorpe at York last month.
David O'Meara sprang a 14-1 surprise with Kool Henry last year and runs Doc Hay, while Saturday's Ayr Gold Cup-winning apprentice Oisin Murphy teams up with Swendab.
Yorkshire stables have dominated this race recently, with no winner trained outside the county since Cornus scored for Richard Hannon in 2005.
Five of the last ten runnings of this conditions event have been won by the favourite or joint favourite but two of the last three winners were returned at 14-1 and 33-1.
Border back for more
Beverley was the first track at which Borderlescott was placed, when the future high-class sprinter finished third in a two-year-old maiden ba ck in July 2004. He won the Beverley Bullet in 2012 and has never finished out of the first three in four visits to the course.
What they say
Robin Bastiman, trainer of Borderlescott
"He's got the ground this time but not the draw! I shouldn't have run him at Doncaster last time as the ground was too soft. He is in good form and ran well the last time he was at Beverley - if he runs like that again he'll win."
Robert Cowell, trainer of Monsieur Joe
"He twisted a shoe last time and that must have been very uncomfortable for him. He has been fine since and we are hoping he can resurrect himself a little bit. It has been a bit of a lean year but if we can get him back anywhere near what he was doing in 2012 that will be great."
Kevin Ryan, trainer of Tiddliwinks
"He's in good form and the ground should be right for him. He ran a good race at York last time."
Roger Varian, trainer of Rocky Ground
"He's drawn well and will like the good to firm ground. He's got plenty of potential, he ran well last time at Leicester where the ground was a bit loose. I think he has come on a little bit for the run so he ought to run well."
Bryan Smart, trainer of Excelette
"She's in good form. She ran well on ground that was too soft for her last time. She got knocked when she ran in the Bullet the time before."
Michael Bell, trainer of Hoyam
"She's got good form at Sandown which has similar characteristics, so with all the allowances she ought to be very competitive."
Today's key pointers
Neil Callan has figures of 13211315 when riding for Mark Johnston at Beverley (+£11.17 to £1 stakes). Nightster in the 4.40 looks a decent opportunity for him to enhance that record.
In the last three seasons Ryan Moore is 21211 when riding Sir Michael Stoute-trained two-year-olds at Lingfield (+£6.41 to £1 levels stakes). He rides Alex Vino in the maiden at 3.00.
Pointer courtesy of Raceform Interactive
Ballinrobe good, good to firm in places on chase course
Beverley good to firm
Carlisle good, good to soft between 1m and 1m4f
Newton Abbot good to firm, good in places