Connections of the exciting colt, Telescope, are keeping their options open for the time being after seeing the one-time Epsom Derby favourite return to form with a vengeance at Leicester recently, waltzing to a facile victory in a three-horse contest that signalled his return to top form.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained three-year-old has not proved an easy horse to train since making a fine impression in his two outings as a juvenile. On his racecourse bow at Ascot last year he failed narrowly to beat the decent Snow King before breaking his duck at just the second time of asking when easily accounting for the now 100-rated Elkaayed in a Newmarket maiden last September.
To many racing betting pundits, the son of Galileo looked the ideal Investec Derby horse, but he proved plagued by sore shins during spring training, missed both the Sandown Derby Trial and the Group 2 Dante Stakes, and subsequently failed to make it to Epsom on the first Saturday in June.
Stoute and Telescope’s owners, the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate, proved admirably patient and he wasn’t seen until reappearing at Leicester on July 18 in a 10-furlong conditions stakes in which he trounced his two rivals, eventually running out a ridiculously easy scorer by no less than 24 lengths.
Although he holds an entry in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in September, connections seem keen to stick at around 10 furlongs so a bid for the Great Voltigeur Stakes – a key St Leger trial – at York’s Ebor meeting in August looks highly unlikely.
Instead, the racing live betting suggests that Stoute is focusing on the possibility of a huge step up in class to tackle the Group 1 Juddmonte International at York, a race for which Telescope would be among the market principals. Leopardstown’s Irish Champion Stakes is another possible target for the exciting and still unexposed middle-distance prospect.