Fergie has sights set on Derby glory with Telescope
22:17 GMT, 27 September 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson can start dreaming
of a potential 2013 Derby challenge after Telescope earned quotes as
short as 12-1 following his promising Newmarket win.
Manchester United boss Ferguson,
whose colours were carried to victory in the 2002 2,000 Guineas by Rock
of Gibraltar, is one of 12 shareholders in the Highclere Thoroughbred
syndicate which own the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt.
Shareholder: Sir Alex Ferguson
Telescope, who had finished an eyecatching second on his Ascot debut, justified his reputation as one of the best juveniles in the Stoute stable as he eased two and a quarter lengths clear of Elkaayed.
Stoute said: 'That was nice and smooth. He is a big horse with a lot scope and he has run two very promising races. I don't know if you'll see him again this year and if you do it will only be once more.
'He is in the Racing Post Trophy but I would not commit myself to that.' Telescope, a son of Galileo, was the most expensive yearling ever bought by Highclere costing 220,000gn in a private sale after missing the sales with a temperature.
However, The Queen's bloodstock advisor John Warren, who buys the Highclere stock, was determined to secure the colt and the syndicate, which also has a two-year-old with William Haggas, were asked and were happy to pay more than the original advertised price of the Wavertree syndicate.
Stoute, who could not muster a runner vin either the 2,000 Guineas or Derby this season, was producing the Classic contender he desperately needed.
Impressive: Telescope ridden by Richard Hughes wins at Newmarket
He also had news of The Queen's Carlton House, third in last year's Derby but not seen since finishing a disappointing fourth to Fanunalter in the Summer Mile at Ascot in July.
Stoute said: 'We're hoping to run him in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (at Ascot on Champions Day on Octber 20). He wasn't quite right when he came back from Ascot and we had to get him moving well again.'
Meanwhile, John Gosden is in to 5-4 with Coral to win his first trainer's title after a treble courtesy of Listed race winners Gallipot (Princess Royal Stakes)and Caucus (Jockey Club Bowl) plus Hezmah carried him into the lead for the first time this season.
With a couple of placed horses, Gosden won almost 50,000 and is over 40,000 clear of Aidan O'Brien, who is 4-9 favourite.
Gosden said: 'It's a long way to go and I'll tell you want is going to happens at five o'clock on Champions Day. Until then it is all up in the air.
'We've been top of the table but Stoutey came past us in the last furlong.'
With Great Heavens (Filly And Mare Turf) plus possibly Nathaniel taking on Frankel in the Champion Stakes, Gosden should have a strong hand on Champions Day.
O'Brien, who was yesterday having to cope with a the aftermath of a fire at his Irish home, will have a Champions day team headed by Excelebration in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Gosden holds the upper hand but Frankel's trainer Sir Henry Cecil cannot be completely ruled out with the Ascot showpiece fixture worth 3million.
Reiugning champion Richard Hannon, who won the Group Three Somerville Tattersalls Stakes with Richard Hughes-ridden Havana Gold, is just about in touch but would need his talented team mof two-year-olds to mop up prizes including the valuable sales-related races.
THE prospects of Folkestone ever re-opening after its closes its doors in December look remote after Shepway Council removed development at the track from its core strategy.
Building up to 800 houses and re-siting the track had looked the only way owners ARC would consider re-opening the course in the future.
An ARC spokesman said: 'The board of ARC, the owners of Folkestone Racecourse, are disappointed with the decision of Shepway Council to proceed with its Core Strategy Local Plan without the provision for the enhancement of the Racecourse with associated residential development on the Racecourse site.
'This decision has been made despite representations being made to the Council which included a suggested wording for the Core Strategy which would have, in the Board's view, enabled discussions to have continued with a larger degree of certainty about the future of the Racecourse.
'Nevertheless, we intend to continue discussing the future of the Racecourse with the Council who, we believe, remain committed to racing continuing at Folkestone, but a favourable outcome in the short term has been made more difficult to achieve.'