View from connections ahead of the Betfred Beverley Bullet at the East Yorkshire venue on Saturday.
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Borderlescott bids to show he is no back number when he attempts to win the Betfred Beverley Bullet for the second year running at the East Yorkshire venue on Saturday.
The 11-year-old landed this Listed contest from stall one 12 months ago and, by coincidence, has picked up the same draw this time.
The dual Nunthorpe hero has not troubled the judge since coming out of retirement this summer but trainer Robin Bastiman has always known his pride and joy needs a few runs to reach his peak.
"He's run OK so far since he came back out of retirement. Obviously he's not quite the horse he was now he's 11, but he hasn't had his ground," said the Wetherby handler.
"He's right now, he's fit and I hope we find the overdrive again.
"I haven't pushed him, I've let him come to himself. I'm looking forward to it, as long as the rain stays away.
"We'll see where we are with him on Saturday."
Borderlescott has been given 9st 2lb in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, but Bastiman warns he will not send his veteran up to Scotland if the ground is soft.
"If it was good to firm ground he'd probably run in that but we won't make the mistake we made last year and run him if the ground's not right," said Bastiman.
"If he doesn't go there and he's shown he retains his speed he'll probably run in the Group Three at Newbury (the Dubai International Airport World Trophy) the same day.
"We'll just see what happens. He won't run if there's any give in the ground."
Tangerine Trees, the Beverley Bullet winner of two years ago and also victorious in the Prix de l'Abbaye, is one of two runners from the Bryan Smart stable, the other being Excelette.
"Both of them are in good order and I'm hoping for big runs from both of them," said the Thirsk trainer.
"Tangerine Trees is fine and won this race two years ago.
"Excelette's form got a good boost in the Nunthorpe (won by Jwala), so it's fingers crossed."
Pat Barrell, joint owner of Tangerine Trees, said: "He's not done brilliantly this year, but he loves it at Beverley and doesn't have a Group One penalty any more.
"He's not getting any younger, but Bryan says he's in good form and he's got a very good draw.
"We've come up with him and gone back down, but hopefully he can rise again."
Jo Hughes expressed her disappointment at Caledonia Lady being drawn wide in stall 15, but is still hopeful of a good run from the filly, who was denied a clear passage when unplaced in the Nunthorpe.
"I'm not very happy with her draw, to say the least," said the Lambourn trainer.
"We can't do anything about that, though, so we just have to hope and pray for some luck.
"She's a hold-up filly anyway, so it might not make too big a difference.
"She was very unlucky in the Nunthorpe - she got held up and couldn't get a run - and hopefully one day she'll have that bit of good fortune you need in these sprints."
William Muir reports Stepper Point to be in fine shape after his recent victory at Nottingham.
"He's in great form and won well last time in a good time," said the Lambourn trainer.
"He's been running well all year but we just feel he is going forward now.
"We've been lucky with the draw, which will help, and there's also quite a bit of pace around us."
Masamah was runner-up to Borderlescott 12 months ago when sent off favourite and trained by Kevin Ryan.
Dr Marwan Koukash's sprinter is now with Marco Botti and tries to go one better on the back of an unlucky run in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
"He's in good form and should have a chance, but I'm not sure about his draw (11)," said the Newmarket trainer.
"He likes fast ground and he's been in very good form and consistent. We are hopeful.
"He was a bit unlucky at Goodwood perhaps, but it was a tough race and maybe a Listed race like this is more of his level."