Borderlescott Attempts To Emulate Sharpo Who Won Successive Nunthorpe's From 1980 to 1982.
Many great sprinters have won York’s Nunthorpe Stakes over the years, but only two horses have won the race on three occasions.
Tag End was the first to complete the feat ( 1928-1930 ) but it would be over 50 years before the treble would be achieved again, in the shape of Sharpo ( 1980-1982 ).
Tomorrow, the Robin Bastiman trained Borderlescott will attempt to join a select club, after winning the race in 2008 when run at Newmarket, before going on to complete the double last year on the Knavesmire.
There is no doubt that Borderlescott is not in the Sharpo class, whose victory in 1981 over Marwell and Moorstyle probably ranks as one of the greatest post-war performances by a sprinter, but the 8 year-old is a wonderful advertisement for the sport of horseracing.
A general 10/1 shot with most bookmakers, Irish firm Paddy Power, who are giving a free £100 bet to new customers placing a first bet of £50, are out on a limb quoting the gelding at 12/1.
Paddy Power are currently also best price about tomorrow’s favourite Starspangledbanner at 9/4, whereas Bet365 and sportingbet have Aidan O’Brien’s charge at 7/4 to follow up his July Cup victory.
The big doubt about the favourite winning his third Group 1 of the season is the trip of 5f, which may be on the sharp side for the son of Choisir.
With that in mind several horses who finished behind the ex Australian sprinter at Newmarket will be hoping to gain revenge with a furlong less to cover.
July Cup runner-up Equiano is a best price 4/1 with sportingbet, and on the 8/1 mark are Kingsgate Native and Fleeting Spirit, who both ran well without getting competitive on the July course.
The two year-olds Dinkum Diamond and Stone of Folca receive lumps of weight from the older brigade, but with the plum draw of 13 Starspengledbanner can show his rivals a clean pair of heels.