Telescope (light blue silks) has been introduced at 4-1 for the York race
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
SIR MICHAEL STOUTE has revealed to the Racing Post that his King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes runner-up Telescope is on target to take on dual Derby winner Australia in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York next Wednesday.
The Royal Ascot winner has been introduced into the market as 4-1 second favourite by Paddy Power behind their 4-7 market leader Australia .
Telescope, who will be dropping back to a mile and a quarter at York, has not won over a distance shorter than a mile and a half for over a year and will renew rivalry with King George third Mukhadram, who finished just a short-head behind the runner-up on that occasion.
Telescope’s likely participation at York has led to Eclipse winner Mukhadram being eased from to 6-1 (from 4) by Power.
Stoute has won the Juddmonte International five times previously with Shardari (1986), Ezzoud (1993, 1994), Singspiel (1997) and most recently with the Ryan Moore-ridden Notnowcato in 2006.
The trainer was supervising Telescope on the Warren Hill gallop in Newmarket on Tuesday morning where the four-year-old cantered under regular partner Kevin Bradshaw.
Stoute said: “Telescope is in good shape and we are hoping to run him at York.”
Telescope, who found unbeaten Oaks winner Taghrooda three lengths too good in the King George, had previously run out and an impressive seven-length winner of the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes.
Prior to that imperious display, the son of Galileo had twice come unstuck on soft ground in the spring and connections will be hoping that the ground at York continues to dry out from its current description of good to soft.
Clerk of the course William Derby said on Tuesday: “We are currently good to soft but it’s bright and breezy today. We may get some showers on Wednesday but beyond that there is high pressure building for the weekend.”
Another likely starter at York is Derby fourth Arod, who has eight and a quarter lengths to find with Australia based on Epsom running.
The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained colt has already shown a liking for the Knavesmire when finishing runner-up to subsequent French Derby winner The Great Gatsby in the Group 2 Dante Stakes in May.
Speaking on Tuesday, Chapple-Hyam said: “I had hoped to work Arod on the Limekilns this morning but it was closed due to the rain. He worked up Long Hill instead and went nicely.”
Fellow entry Kingston Hill also worked in Newmarket on Tuesday morning but is more likely to run in the Group 2 Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes on the same day.
Trainer Roger Varian said: “Kingston Hill would only run in the Juddmonte International if it came up testing. His first preference is the Great Voltigeur.”
He added: “Farraaj also worked and he is heading for the Group 3 Strensall Stakes.”
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