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Telescope: was a general 5-1 for the Derby before Tuesday's shock news

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Dawn cut for Derby as Telescope misses Dante

INVESTEC DERBY favourite Dawn Approach has hardened to 5-4 (from 6-4) with Boylesports after fellow leading contender Telescope was not declared for his dress rehearsal for Epsom, although his connections still hope to make the Classic on June 1.

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, Telescope was due to make his seasonal reappearance in Thursday's Betfred Dante Stakes at York.

However, he did not feature among the final declarations for the race on Tuesday morning and has scuffed a pastern after being loaded onto a horse box.

The son of Galileo has developed an infection, but the Derby has not been ruled out.

Stoute, who has won the Derby five times, said: "Telescope suffered grazing on his left front and hind legs when he went for a trip on the horse box.

"It has blown up a little bit which leaves us a little tight time-wise for Thursday.

"Regarding the Derby, we will know more in the next 48 hours, but we may take him for an away workout next week."

Highclere's Harry Herbert said: "He's got a minor problem after scuffing a pastern. Blood tests taken have revealed that he is fighting an infection so he can't run in the Dante.

"It's a great shame, having happened right on the eve of the race. Fortunately it is not life- or career-threatening."

Harry Herbert

Harry Herbert: "A great shame"

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Telescope, a twice-raced maiden winner, had been one of the talking horses in Newmarket over the winter and had been catching the eye on the gallops.

Herbert added: "Sir Michael will try and get a racecourse gallop into him somewhere in the hope that he can still make the Derby.

"He is still in with a chance of running in the Derby, but obviously there is a question mark and everybody needs to know that."

He is 4-1 with a run with Boylesports for the Derby, while a host of firms have suspended betting on the race.

Highclere will be represented in the Dante by the Luca Cumani-trained Greatwood, who missed Saturday's Lingfield Derby Trial because of testing conditions.

He was among eight confirmed for the race with Aidan O'Brien - the winner of four Derby trials, including Lingfield's last week - responsible for Indian Chief.

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