Stoute sets Telescope sights on Juddmonte at York

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TELESCOPE could get a second chance of lifting a Group One in the £800,000 Juddmonte International at York a week today.

The talented four-year-old, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, will have a workout this morning, but seems poised to drop back in trip on Knavesmire.

The dual Group Two winner over a mile and a half was swept aside by the brilliant filly Taghrooda in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last month on his first attempt at the highest level.

“It was a really good performance but, as they say, hats off to a brilliant filly who beat us,” said Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing.

“I think the likelihood is that he will run at York. We are hoping that will be the case. The horse is in very good form. Sir Michael wants to see his well-being this week, how he works and look at the weather forecast – we don’t want to run him on soft ground.”

Options are still open for John Gosden’s King George fourth Eagle Top who holds entries in the Juddmonte and the Group Two Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes on the same day.

As for Gosden’s stable star Taghrooda who heads the entries for Thursday’s Darley July Cup, her jockey Paul Hanagan is set to return to the saddle on Monday.

The dual champion jockey has been sidelined since suffering a hairline fracture in an arm following a fall at Glorious Goodwood two weeks ago.

Music Master delighted connections in his latest workout ahead of the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday week. An unlucky fourth behind Slade Power in the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot, trainer Henry Candy declared: “I am very happy with him. At the moment, it’s all systems go.”