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Highclere Thoroughbreds have high hopes ahead of new Flat season

Last Updated: 01/01/13 9:46am

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Telescope: Live candidate for Epsom Derby

Telescope: Live candidate for Epsom Derby

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Highclere Thoroughbreds are looking forward to the upcoming year on the Flat with their Derby candidate, Telescope.

"We hope to have a few nice horses next year, but without doubt the most exciting at this stage is Telescope who is high up in the ante-post betting for the Derby," said Harry Herbert.

"He's by Galileo, who can do no wrong, and was very impressive on the second start of his career after just being touched off on his debut.

"He's got considerable potential and is certainly something to keep us warm over the winter."

Guarantee represented the syndicate in the St Leger after three quick wins in the summer. The Classic proved beyond him but trainer William Haggas is already plotting for next season.

"Guarantee was very progressive in a short period of time last season. He progressed so much that we think a good winter break will do him the world of good," Herbert said.

"He'll be aimed at all the staying races next season and we're really looking forward to him.

"We've bought into a nice horse with Charlie Hills called Glenard. He was a no-show in the Autumn Stakes but he'll make a lovely three-year-old, he won well on his debut.

"And of course we've got Bonfire coming back. He was gelded after the Eclipse and has been given plenty of time to recover.

"He's physically done very well and will go back to Andrew Balding in January.

"The same partnership have Vow and we now know the ground is very important to her, she just can't act on soft.

"Her best two runs were on the all-weather at Lingfield and in the Oaks on fast ground. She'll make a nice horse next year."

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