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Highclere Chief Focuses Telescope On Champion Stakes
Highly regarded UK colt Telescope (Galileo-Velouette, by Darshaan) will have his final seasonal appearance in the Gr1 Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) at Ascot after owners Highclere Thoroughbreds decided to bypass the St Leger & Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, reports racingpost.com. The promising son of Galileo was installed as favourite for the St Leger on the back of his fetching victory in last week's Great Voltigeur at York. However, Highclere's managing director Harry Herbert explained the decision to miss the 14 furlong feature was due to distance concerns voiced by trainer Sir Michael Stoute. "Sir Michael did not want to run in the Leger and I definitely think it's the right move and I totally agree with him," Herbert said. "He's not certain to get the trip. Sir Michael is not convinced about the trip." Herbert also divulged that connections believe that the Arc may prove too testing an assignment for such a lightly raced 3YO, and that the Champion Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day on October 19 was the ideal race to round out his preparation.