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Derby-hope Telescope, who missed the Dante, pleased on the Limekilns gallop at Newmarket

Updated: Sunday, 19 May 2013 11:25 | Comments

Telescope is very much in the Derby picture after a pleasing workout
Telescope is very much in the Derby picture after a pleasing workout

Investec Derby candidate Telescope could have a racecourse gallop at Lingfield this week if he emerges unscathed from a workout in Newmarket on Sunday.

The Michael Stoute-trained colt missed his intended seasonal reappearance in the Dante Stakes at York last week after grazes on his legs became infected.

Telescope, who is owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, was put through his paces on the Limekilns gallop in Newmarket, working in company with an older stablemate.

Highclere's Harry Herbert reports Stoute to be satisfied with the gallop and Telescope could now go to Lingfield on Wednesday with the Epsom Classic still in their sights on 1 June.

"Sir Michael has called me and he seemed very pleased," said Herbert.

"We'll just see how he is before we move on to the next step.

"If he comes through this OK, we'll take him to Lingfield on Wednesday where he will have his racecourse gallop.

"As long as Sir Michael is happy with him tonight and tomorrow morning, that will be the plan.

"As if there is not enough pressure surrounding a British Derby candidate, this has just added to the stress of it all really.

"There's still a chance he could make the Derby but we'll just take it day by day."

Telescope is as low as 6-1 with some firms for the Derby.

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