Stepper Point is set to step up in class after foiling the gambled-on favourite York Glory to take the Betfred Beverley Bullet Sprint at the East Yorkshire track.
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Trainer William Muir has the Prix de l'Abbaye on October 6 at Longchamp as the main target for the four-year-old after he made all in this competitive Listed race.
Muir's son-in-law Martin Dwyer had Stepper Point (10-1) smartly out of the stalls from gate two and dictated affairs.
While they made their merry way home, Jamie Spencer was stone last on York Glory before bringing Kevin Ryan's Wokingham winner with a devastating run in the final furlong.
Unfortunately for supporters of the 11-4 favourite backed down from 7-2, the leader was not for stopping and Stepper Point was still a neck in front at the line.
Robin Bastiman's admirable 11-year-old Borderlescott ran his best race of the season to finish just three-quarters of a length back in third in his bid to repeat his success of 12 months ago.
"I'm very proud of him - I've always said he was a Group One horse," said Muir.
"He didn't need to make the running, but that's the way the race panned out.
"I don't think there was ever a doubt (about him winning).
"We were going to run in the Scarbrough (Stakes, at Doncaster next week), but he'll get a penalty for that now.
"We'll run him in a Group race and then go back for the Abbaye."
Bastiman was delighted with Borderlescott's performance and believes the old boy still has a race in him.
"He keeps trying. We'll keep ticking away with him and try and get another win out of him. He's still got it," he said.