Stoute defends Telescope
Sir Michael Stoute seemingly feels Telescope has been unfairly criticised ahead of his latest appearance in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on Wednesday.
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The one-time Derby favourite, who missed the Epsom Classic after a setback in the spring, met with defeat last time out at Haydock in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes behind Mike de Kock's four-year-old David Livingston.
Having won his previous race at Leicester by 24 lengths in a fast time Telescope looked like living up to his huge reputation but Haydock was undoubtedly a step in the wrong direction.
However, Stoute is hoping the move up to a mile and a half will allow the Galileo colt to maximise his potential.
He told The Telegraph: "I wanted to try him over a mile and a half and this is the opportunity. He seems fine after Haydock.
"It was only the colt's fourth start. I feel there has been too much yapping. He's being criticised, and that is not being fair on the horse. He's inexperienced. Let's allow his performances to do the talking."
Telescope was among seven horses declared for the Group Two, headed by Cap O'Rushes, who gave recently-appointed Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby a first Pattern-race success in the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Godolphin are also represented by the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Secret Number, who was two lengths back in fifth place in the Gordon Stakes.
Spillway, who was third that day, tries again for Didcot handler Eve Johnson-Houghton while John Gosden, who has taken the last three of the last six runnings of this race, relies on Nichols Canyon
From eight entries Aidan O'Brien has singled out Foundry for participation. The son of Galileo won a Leopardstown maiden over seven furlongs by five and a half lengths on his only start last autumn.
O'Brien said: "He had one run last year and won his maiden nicely. We've been happy with him and he's ready to start and we'll take it from there."
Yorkshire hopes rest with Willie The Whipper from Ann Duffield's yard. The colt was sixth to Intello in the Prix du Jockey-Club at Chantilly in early June on his latest outing.