Borderlescott May Return Sooner Than Expected

Thursday's bone scan on the injury to Borderlescott has indicated that it may be not as severe as expected, which could mean a possible return to the track to run in Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp in October.

Longchamp

Longchamp

After his win in the Group 2 Audi King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, the eight-year-old champ of trainer Robin Bastiman, had come back lame, with the trainer thinking his charge could have possibly chipped his pelvis.

The subsequent scan at Arundel Veterinary Centre on Thursday has shown that the injury was muscular and, after ruling out a comeback in the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, the October 3 event at Longchamp appeared to be a possible goal.

Bastiman said, "He's okay, there was no major problem with him and he's coming back tomorrow.

"I'll talk to the owners but he could go for the Abbaye, which he's run in the last couple of years, and we'll just have to play it by ear. The Nunthorpe will come too soon but the other race is at the start of October which might be alright.

"He just did something to the muscles in his back and it could have been anything really, possibly he lost he action for a few strides and they are running downhill remember.

"The vet told me to keep him on the walker for a week then put a saddle on his back and see how he reacts. We'll then see how he's going and after three or four weeks we'll know if it's worth having a go or not bothering.

"The vet said it might be possible he can run again this year so it can't be too bad. If he doesn't make it back this year there's always next year to look forward to."

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