Horse racing: Borderlescott retires after 10-year career

Racehorse trainer Robin Bastiman with Borderlescott.
Racehorse trainer Robin Bastiman with Borderlescott.
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Borderlescott, dual winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes, has been retired, his trainer Robin Bastiman has announced.

The Wetherby handler took the decision with owners James Edgar and William Donaldson to call time on the 10-year-old’s long career following his last run at Dundalk a month ago.

Bastiman feels age has finally caught up with Borderlescott, who as well as winning the five-furlong Group One in 2008 and 2009 recorded victories in other major sprint races including the Stewards’ Cup and Audi King George Stakes.

“We’ve decided to retire him. We were a bit worried after his last run, he wasn’t quite right. He was probably telling us in a way and we roughed him off after that anyway,” said Bastiman.

“The owners have given the horse to my daughter Rebecca. He’ll be staying with us – he’s part of the yard.

“It’s a sad day but he’s done us proud.

“It’s time now. He’ll be 11 next year and there’s all these young sprinters coming along.

“They lose their pace eventually and he’s had to run against the best all the time with his rating.

“The highlight was when he won the Nunthorpe at York on home ground. The first time he won it was at Newmarket as York was abandoned. With him being a Yorkshire horse, that was the day.

“There have been plenty of good days – when he won the Stewards’ Cup and he just got beaten a short head the following year.

“He’s simply been a great horse.

“With most Group Ones, they are won by colts and you never see them again, they end up being stallions and he’s a gelding.

“He’s out in the field now and is as happy as a sand boy. He’s being roughed off and talking it well at the moment.

“He’s been a star. He’s got a good home and my daughter will look after him.”

Borderlescott won 14 of his 66 races and earned £775,000 in prize money. His last success came in the Beverley Bullet in September.

Meanwhile, Carruthers will bid to emulate Arkle and land back-to-back victories in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday.

The legendary Irish jumper is the only horse to win the prestigious staying handicap chase in successive years and that was in 1964 and 1965.

While Arkle defied the massive burden of 12st 7lb on both occasions, Carruthers carried only 10st 4lb last year and has 3lb more this time.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I hope it doesn’t dry up too much and make it really sticky ground. especially after a day’s racing on Friday,” his trainer Mark Bradstock said.

“He’s in really good form. He’s only got 10st 7lb – I’m certainly not complaining about that. The likes of Bobs Worth have got to give him about a stone. It’s going to be interesting.

“Going down the back they always go an absolute million miles an hour, but I think there are probably going to be only be a few finishers and one thing this fella does is stay.”