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Telescope opens up under Kevin Bradshaw on Sunday morning

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Telescope a step nearer Derby after workout

TELESCOPE, whose participation in the Investec Derby was in doubt after he suffered leg injuries, impressed workwatchers when exercising in Newmarket on Sunday morning and is a step closer to running at Epsom.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt, who runs in the colours of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, was due to make his seasonal reappearance in the Dante at York on Thursday.

However, he missed that engagement after grazing his legs when being loaded onto a horsebox.

He was taken out of the Derby betting by bookmakers, but his connections will be buoyed by his workout.

Ridden by Kevin Bradshaw, Telescope was joined by an older-horse handicapper under Ryan Moore, who will partner the Galileo colt if he makes Epsom which now looks likely.

The pair galloped a mile and a quarter on the Limekilns with Telescope quickening clear in the final two furlongs.

He finished well clear of his stablemate and showed no signs of his injuries.

Highclere's Harry Herbert said: "Sir Michael called me and said he was very, very pleased with the horse. It was a proper piece of work on the trial ground.

Michael Stoute

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is chasing a sixth Derby triumph

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"There's no sign of the leg issue and, providing he's happy with him tonight and tomorrow morning, he could go for a gallop at Lingfield on Wednesday. Everything is trying to lead to Epsom at the moment but obviously everything has to go right - there can't be another blip.

"At the moment Sir Michael is keen to stress that it's a day-by-day process, but today was a very important piece of work because he wanted to see him stretch fully and he [Telescope] was full of himself. Those who are around him on a daily basis were delighted with him. All being well it will take him to the next stage, which could be the racecourse gallop on Wednesday."

Telescope is around the 6-1 mark for the Derby with a run.

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