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Betfair Price Rush Huxley Stakes (For The Tradesman's Cup) (Group 3) 1m 2f 75y

  • (4yo+, 1m 2f 75y, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216 5th £1,614 6th £810
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 13.11s
  • Off time: 14:17:56
Full result
Result 14:15 Chester
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Noble Mission 9/4f
2nd 8 Telescope 5/2
  • Last Updated: May 7 2014, 12:35 BST

Connections of Telescope expect him to feel the benefit of his debut run when he lines up in Thursday's Betfair Price Rush Huxley Stakes at Chester.

Telescope is expected to have come on since Sandown
Telescope is expected to have come on since Sandown

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old finished a nine-length second behind the reopposing Noble Mission in last month's Gordon Richard Stakes at Sandown, on what was his first run since winning the Voltigeur last August.

Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: "The first race was very much as Sir Michael expected and he just needed it badly from a match fitness point of view.

"We were actually pleased with the way he ran at Sandown, now it's a case of stripping fitter and hopefully on decent ground, we would like to think we are in with a good chance.

"I think fitness was the most important factor that day. He's a big horse and is very relaxed at home so I think Sir Michael thought the best way of getting him match fit was to let him run at Sandown.

"Unfortunately, on that soft ground the writing was on the wall quarter of a mile from home, but Ryan (Moore) was pleased with him and said he tried all the way to the line.

"He's in good shape and plenty of horses that ran at Sandown that day have come out since and turned the form around."

Telescope missed an intended Classic campaign last term following an early-season setback, but he could get a shot at a Group One prize in due course.

Herbert said: "We will see how he gets on at Chester before mapping out plans, but he has an entry in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Curragh) and in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot, should we decide that a mile and a half is his trip.

"We'll see how we get on and then I'd think it likely Sir Michael would like to put all that in the melting pot before making any decisions."

Noble Mission is one of six rivals to Telescope, but Lady Cecil's charge will have to shoulder a 3lb penalty for his Sandown win under James Doyle.

Luca Cumani's Danadana won the race last year and takes his chance again, as does the 2013 runner-up Highland Knight, who represents Andrew Balding.

Roger Varian's Ektihaam returns to action for the first time since finishing last in the King George, while Gabrial's Kaka and Edu Querido complete the seven-strong line-up after Afonso De Sousa was declared a non-runner.