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Star Performer of the Month: August: Bahamian Pirate; Belated win at top level lands prize for veteran.

Byline: JO YARBOROUGH

REMARKABLE veteran Bahamian Pirate has been named the Ruinart Champagne Star Performer for August after becoming the oldest Group 1 winner in Britain.

With many talented horses whisked off to stud as soon as their three-year-old career are over, this award recognises what can be achieved by keeping a horse in training for longer than the blink of an eye.

The nine-year-old rolled back the years to beat The Tatling and One Cool Cat in the Nunthorpe and be crowned 'king of the castle' by his trainer David Nicholls, who, in bringing his stable stalwart to a peak at such an age, illustrated once again just why he is known as the sprint king by his peers.

Bahamian Pirate, winner of the 2000 Ayr Gold Cup and runner-up in the Group 1 July Cup in 2002, hit the jackpot at York after illustrating his wellbeing with three wins in conditions races this year, the first of which came at Nottingham in March.

Such a run proves that Bahamian Pirate is in the form of his life and up to kicking his younger rivals into touch again.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 15, 2004
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