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  • 14:10 bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes 1m 2f 7y

  • (Group 3) £62,500 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £35,444 2nd £13,438 3rd £6,725 4th £3,350
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 15.89s
  • Off time: 14:14:12

Owners relishing return of Telescope at Sandown

Last Updated: 24/04/14 3:41pm

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Telescope: Connections looking forward to his return

Telescope: Connections looking forward to his return

View from connections ahead of Friday's Bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown.

Telescope takes the first step of a season in which his connections hope he will finally fulfil his potential in Friday's bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown.

Sir Michael Stoute is seeking his eighth victory in a Group Three event he has targeted for the likes of Singspiel, Ask and Tartan Bearer, and he has already given the colt entries in the Tattersalls Gold Cup and Coronation Cup.

Telescope missed last year's Derby due to setbacks, and after a steady return later in the season, was an impressive winner of the Great Voltigeur at York.

Stoute and owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing were aiming him for the Champion Stakes but his year was over when it was discovered he needed to have a small chip in his near-fore fetlock removed.

Highclere managing director Harry Herbert said: "Sir Michael is very happy with him and we're thrilled to see him back.

"He's so well that there's a good chance he'll need the run, he's had proper blows after the last two pieces of work.

"He's had a good break and this is a race Sir Michael likes to start off in, so hopefully he's in for a good season."

His chief rival appears to be Godolphin's French recruit Sky Hunter.

The four-year-old son of Motivator was in the care of Andre Fabre last term, and suffered his only defeat when third in the French Derby.

He was last seem winning a Listed race at Vichy on July 15 and new trainer Saeed bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com: "Sky Hunter is doing very well. He is a horse I like and has been working really nicely.

"A mile and a quarter will be fine for him, although he will improve for his first appearance since last year."

Frankel's brother Noble Mission is out again quickly after his narrow defeat to Cubanita in the John Porter at Newbury, while Ed Dunlop's Contributer looked an improving four-year-old when winning last month's Magnolia Stakes at Kempton.

Empire Storm joined Michael Attwater this year and was third to subsequent Godolphin Mile winner Variety Club at Meydan in February.

The Epsom trainer is hopeful he can outperform likely long odds, while Winter Derby winner Robin Hoods Bay returns to the grass after his third in last week's Coral Easter Classic at Lingfield.

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