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Ebor Festival: St Leger eases into sights of Telescope
TELESCOPE may be supplemented for the St Leger after a convincing victory in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York Racecourse.
The three-year-old, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, isn’t entered in the final Classic of the season at Doncaster next month but Harry Herbert, chairman of the colt’s owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said the mile-and-three-quarter stamina test now had to be on the agenda following an impressive display on Knavesmire.
The Derby had been the target at the start of the campaign but defeat at Haydock, and a performance which left his connections disappointed, harmed his reputation.
But Telescope, the 5-4 favourite for the Voltigeur, a leading trial for the St Leger, never looked in any danger at York after striking the front at the three-furlong marker.
At that stage the margin of victory looked like it might be huge but jockey Ryan Moore had to keep the colt up to his work after Foundry and Secret Number refused to give up the ghost.
It was a length and a quarter at the finish and Moore said of the performance: “He travelled beautifully. They went a bit slow for him.
“He quickened up well two and a half out and put the race to bed. He’s still learning and was a little bit idle in front.”
Herbert added: “That was a great relief and it was great for him to do it so well. That’s our 400th winner and, after Haydock, Sir Michael Stoute went back to his significant drawing board.
“This was the most sensible race for the horse to run in – the only race – and he did come out of Haydock very well.
“Ryan was very impressed with him. He said he felt like a different horse. I am sure the St Leger will be very much part of the mesh. We will have to see at this stage. It’s a nice problem to have.
“He could well be supplemented. On that performance he looks like he stays the trip. There aren’t a whole lot of other races to discuss, although there is the Arc to consider.”
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