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Brave Borderlescott denied

Popular sprinter Borderlescott was denied a 33/1 victory by a nose in a race named in his honour at Musselburgh.

The dual Nunthorpe hero was collared right on the line and beaten a nose by Smoothtalkinrascal (7/1), who came from last to first to snatch the totepool.com Borderlescott Sprint Trophy by a nose.

Sent off virtually unconsidered at 33/1, Borderlescott hit the front inside the final furlong but dreams of a fairytale result were dashed as Silvestre de Sousa drove David O'Meara's four-year-old to get up in the last stride.

It may have been an agonising defeat, but trainer Robin Bastiman was full of praise for his stable stalwart, whose enthusiasm for racing remains undiminished as efforts to retire him have failed.

"That was fantastic. He still wants to do it, I'm so proud of him - he's a one-off," said the Wetherby handler.

"I think everyone in the weighing room was willing him to win, but never mind. He's a legend.

"He's been back in since January 1 like all my horses. I've been pleased with his work and he's proved today he's still got the will to do it. That's the best thing.

"We'll keep him going, but I'm not going to run him on anything worse than good ground.

"I'm going to pick his races and see where we go from here.

"I was a bit gobsmacked to see him go so close, as he usually needs a few runs to get him fired up.

"I don't think my horses were quite right last year, but they are all fit and healthy at the moment.

"I'd like to see what the handicapper does with him now. It is awkward, but maybe we'll have a look at the Palace House. He's run in that before. We may go down that route and see what happens.

"I'm not going to run him lots of times and he doesn't peak until July and August. He's a little bit fitter this year than he has been in the past, I've been training him a bit differently.

"The main thing with him is a fast-run race, which he got today, and fast ground.

"If it was good to soft at Newmarket I wouldn't run him anyway. We'll just ponder."