Telescope: will now turn his attention to stallion duties
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TELESCOPE, a sensational winner of the 2014 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and runner-up in the same season’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, has been retired due to injury.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, Telescope will now turn his attention to stallion duties, although stud plans have yet to be finalised.
The winner of five of his 14 starts, the son of Galileo was being prepared for this year’s King George at Ascot when sustaining the injury which has ultimately forced his retirement from the track.
Previous injury aggravated
A statement from the owners read: “Telescope has been retired as the injury sustained before the King George has been aggravated and therefore a decision was made to call time on his career.”
As well as his runaway Hardwicke Stakes success, Telescope also landed the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York in 2013.
Although failing to add a Group 1 to his CV, Telescope performed admirably in three runs at the top level and as well chasing Taghrooda home in last year’s King George, he also finished third to dual Derby winner Australia in the Juddmonte International and a close fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in November.
A model of consistency
Harry Herbert, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing chairman, said: “After speaking to the vets the decision has been made to retire Telescope. He has proved such a consistent horse for us and has given all his owners at Highclere an enormous amount of fun and success.
“I would like to thank Sir Michael and his team who have looked after him so well throughout his career. Telescope has become known as one of the best looking horses in training and that, combined with his wonderful pedigree and race record, will stand him in good stead as he embarks on his new stallion career.”
Stoute added: “Telescope was a model of consistency. He’s a quality, good-actioned brave colt with a grand temperament. The highlight of his career was his scintillating performance in the 2014 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.”
In his three-year career on the track, Telescope amassed £763,293 in win-and-place prize-money.
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