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Gordon steps up to the Plate with Borice bounce

By Alan Magee

Borice bagged another major prize for top trainer Gordon Elliott with victory in a thrilling renewal of Galway Plate last night.

Running in the colours of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, the eight-year-old was giving Elliott a third win in the race from the last four runnings.

It was a dramatic finish, with British raider Black Corton hampered by a loose horse close home, although Borice finished particularly strongly on the near side.

Conceding weight all round, the Paul Nicholls-trained Black Corton had been given a superb ride by Bryony Frost, and was always in the front rank as Dan Skelton's Azzuri set the pace.

Leading over the last two, it looked like another famous success was on the cards for the ground-breaking rider, but Borice (9-1) and Luke Dempsey would not be denied, winning by three and a quarter lengths.

Snugsborough Benny was third as the 8-1 favourite, with Peregrine Run fourth.

Elliott said: "I was worried about the ground with this lad. I thought it was too dry for him and I was umming and ahhing about whether to run him, but Simon flew over from Nice this morning and Anthony Bromley came over, and it was brilliant."

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