Sir Michael Stoute-trained horse, Telescope, will not be heading to Royal Ascot this year, even though he seems to be fully recovered from a shin problem that kept him out of action at Epsom’s famous festival.

The colt hasn’t been in action yet this year and the decision seems to be that connections don’t want to rush him into such a big race first up, especially as he might have been competing against horses that have won already this year and are in cracking from.

He is owned by Highclere and the managing director admitted Stoute wants to hold him back for a while: “Telescope is absolutely fine, he’s 100% but Sir Michael wants to back off him now.

“He doesn’t want to rush him to Royal Ascot so he’s not going for the King Edward VII Stakes and to be honest, there’s no immediate plan.”

This might just be a sign that the trainer really does rate this three-year-old as he wants him to run in the big races when ready.

After finishing second and first in his only two races so far, there is no doubt that Telescope has shown he has a lot of quality and we might see the best of him towards the end of the season, rather than at festivals such as Royal Ascot.

As the managing director mentioned, there is no immediate plan for the horse, but keep an eye out for when he does next run as Telescope is sure to be a very popular horse racing bet.

Stoute is a man that certainly knows what he is doing and he seems to have the trust of the Highclere team, which is always a good sign.

It is a shame that one of the most exciting colts in Flat racing can’t be at the big event, but we will see him in years to come, I’m sure of it.

He is a real talent and one to keep an eye on in the future.

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