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Telescope: faces a race against time to be fit for the Derby next month

Telescope: was third favourite when ruled out of the Derby at Epsom

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Telescope could return at Leicester on Thursday

INVESTEC Derby absentee Telescope could make his repeatedly postponed seasonal debut in the inauspicious surroundings of a conditions contest at Leicester on Thursday.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt was forced to miss the premier Classic after a shin problem was discovered after he worked disappointingly at Lingfield ten days days before his intended Epsom assignment, for which he was third favourite.

Prior to that, Telescope had sustained lacerations to his legs in an incident in Stoute's horsebox which had scuppered plans to trial him in the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York in May.

After a break, Telescope has recently returned to work and has been entered in the At The Races Sky 415 Conditions Stakes over 1m2f on Thursday although his participation is ground dependant.

Alex Smith, speaking on behalf of the owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing whose members include Sir Alex Ferguson, said: "Telescope has an entry at Leicester in a race that has reopened. There is a possibility he could run but it's up to Sir Michael." 

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