The Sir Michael Stoute team was upbeat after seeing their Investec Derby hope Telescope perform well in a ‘make or break’ trial gallop that keeps his hopes of making the starting line-up for the Epsom classic on June 1 very much alive.
The lightly raced son of Galileo missed his intended prep race for the mile-and-a-half showcase contest when a late absentee from the Group 2 Betfred Dante Stakes at York recently as a result of having sustained a grazed leg that failed to heal as quickly as had been expected.
With no more Derby trials, Stoute’s only remaining option is to prepare the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate’s colt at home and take him straight to the Derby without a previous run this term.
Telescope was put through his paces on the Limekiln gallops at Newmarket by regular work rider Kevin Bradshaw and did everything asked of him, lengthening clear of an older work companion to blow away the cobwebs and prove himself back to full fitness and on track to go to Epsom.
According to the Handicappers’ Corner on Betfair, Harry Herbert, spokesman for the owners, confirmed that the three-year-old had returned to Sir Michael’s yard showing no ill effects from his gallop and that with any luck he will take his chance in the big race.
News of Telescope’s satisfying training session soon reached the betting firms who have wasted no time in cutting him from as big as 9/1 in places to a general offer of 7/1. Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach remains the solid 11/10 favourite with most Free Betting Tips sites.
Narrowly beaten by Snow King on his racecourse bow at Ascot last season, Telescope went on to break his maiden tag at the second time of asking and go some way towards his considerable home reputation with an easy victory over Elkaayed at Newmarket at the end of September.