Border in good shape
Robin Bastiman believes Borderlescott's class might be enough to overcome unsuitable ground conditions at Cork on Sunday.
The North Yorkshire trainer decided to skip Royal Ascot with his stable star and set his sights slightly lower in the Galtee Midsummer Sprint Stakes.
The 10-year-old arrived safe and well in Ireland for this Listed heat over five furlongs as part of his build-up towards another crack at York's Nunthorpe Stakes, which he won in 2009.
"He's really well. The ground's going to be heavy, but he's over there and he'll run," said Bastiman.
"The ground won't be in his favour to a certain extent, but the class of horses will be all right.
"He's there to run. I don't want to see horses like Bated Breath and Sole Power until the Nunthorpe.
"He's been working well and has come on for his run at Haydock and I'm looking forward to him running."
Mirza is expected to relish conditions, according to his trainer Rae Guest.
The five-year-old travels to Ireland on the back of victory in a handicap at Newmarket last weekend.
"Weather permitting he'd have a great chance," said Guest.
"He's very well and he loves this ground. He should be fine."
County Tipperary David Marnane believes Santo Padre is capable of running a big race if he copes with conditions.
Winner of a Listed contest at Naas in April, the eight-year-old failed to handle faster going when down the field behind Tiddliwinks in the Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh.
"We hope he'll handle the ground. He appreciated the ground in Naas when he won there earlier in the season and the ground was just too quick for him," said Marnane.
"Fergal (Lynch) said it was too quick for him in the Curragh. He's fit and well and we're delighted with him.
"There's a few English horses in there and they are always hard to beat and a couple of nice Irish horses as well.
"Fingers crossed. It's all about how he handles the ground on Sunday."
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