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  • 14:45 Audi King George Stakes 5f

  • (group 2) £100,000 added 3yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm in places; Round Course: Good to Firm)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 0m 57.22s
  • Off time: 14:47:09

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Last Updated: 29/07/10 4:26pm

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Borderlescott - Audi Stakes winner.

Borderlescott - Audi Stakes winner.

Kieren Fallon got a great tune out of the veteran Borderlescott as the eight-year-old landed the Audi King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood by half a length.

Racing down the centre of the track, Robin Bastiman's stable star came with his customary late run and landed some hefty bets as the 9-2 favourite.

Group Therapy and Astrophysical Jet produced late charges up the inside rail to claim the minor honours.

Unfortunately for Liam Jones, the saddle slipped on Triple Aspect and he was unshipped as the sprinter was getting involved in the finish.

The jockey thankfully walked away unscathed.

Fallon said: ''He's been a great servant for the Bastiman family. A few different jockeys have ridden him and I was delighted to get the ride. He made it easy for me and won quite easy in the finish.

''I was stuck in behind in a bit of a pocket. I got a lucky run down the outside and he did it comfortably at the finish.

''You wouldn't think he'd had a race. He doesn't use any gas at all, he's totally switched off.

''I had to push him down to the post. Most sprinters use most of their energy even before the race.

''As soon as he gets into the gate he knows into a race and he lightens up.''

Bastiman added: "He's just an unbelievable horse. He's eight now and you wonder when he's going to lose that dash.

"We know he's been coming to hand - he comes right this time of year and he's just getting better and better.

"He's just getting a bit older and taking a bit longer to wind up, but once he gets wound up he goes.

"He's better of the bridle. Kieren gave him a couple of smacks and he got into overdrive. Bring on the Nunthorpe now.

"I think he's better now than ever."

Sky Bet make Borderlescott a 5/1 chance to win the York Group One for a third time, spokesman Matt Doyle said: "This is his time of year and the big question will be whether Kieren keeps the ride or Robin Bastiman stays loyal to last year's winning rider."

The same firm also offer 4/7 that Fallon rides him at the Knavesmire and 5/4 Callan is back in the saddle.

Jeremy Noseda said of runner-up Group Therapy: "I'm delighted and he's run a huge race.

"The draw did not help, but I've no complaints and that is a lifetime best from him.

"We could have a pop at the Nunthorpe or we may take in the view that we could take in a lesser race and try to get a stakes race into him."

Ed McMahon was similarly thrilled with third-placed Astrophysical Jet.

He said: "She was the first three-year-old over the line and she's run a cracking race.

"We've found her trip now and she's only been beaten three-quarters of a length by a Group One winner.

"We've got two options now, the Flying Five at the Curragh or a Group Three race at Longchamp."

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