Wednesday 14 August 2013

Telescope sights trained on Great Voltigeur

In a move that comes as something of a surprise to those who saw him comprehensively outpointed in Group 3 company ay Haydock recently, connections of one-time Investec Derby favourite Telescope have indicated they may well run at York on August 21 in the prestigious Group 2 Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes.

Although Harry Herbert, spokesman for Telescope’s owners the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate, indicated there is no intention to run in the Ladbrokes St Leger next month, (a race for which the Great Voltigeur is a key trial), one or two firms have introduced him into the ante-post betting for the final classic of the 2013 season at racing odds of 12/1.

Telescope had been expected to win the Group 3 Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock and came there at the two furlong from home marker with every chance under former champion jockey, Ryan Moore. But, once asked to go about his business, he appeared to lack a change of gear and could only keep on at one pace, eventually being beaten length into second place by the South African raider David Livingston.

There was no hiding the disappointment on the faces of Sir Michael Stoute and those connected to Telescope, an impressive looking colt who had previously demonstrated his wellbeing after a nine-month racecourse absence when hacking up by 24 lengths in a conditions race at Leicester three weeks earlier.

Stoute apparently now feels that the son of Galileo is crying out for a step up in trip to at least a mile-and-a-half and - as he has recovered quickly from his Haydock exertions - feels it is worth letting him take his chance on the Knavesmire against the likes of potential leading St Leger contenders Leading Light and Galileo Rock.