HARDWICKE STAKES (Group 2)
Ascot, Turf, 2414m
21 June 2014
Telescope produced a scintillating performance to land the Gr.2 Hardwicke Stakes by seven lengths at Royal Ascot Saturday. The four-year-old son of Galileo gave trainer Sir Michael Stoute and jockey Ryan Moore their second winner of the day following Arab Spring’s success in the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap and Moore believes both the trip and the ground were the key to Telescope’s victory today.
“He has got a real good attitude in his races now,” said Moore. “It probably wasn’t the strongest of Hardwickes but I am delighted with the way he did everything through the race. He stayed on very well and sees that trip out very well - ten furlongs has just been a bit sharp for him.”
Harry Herbert, managing director of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing whose Wavertree Syndicate owns Telescope, said: “He is such an exciting horse and, as Ryan was just saying, he is a man now, he has grown up. It has taken him a while to learn how to race and, with his first two races this year, Stoutey always said that he would probably need them.”
“We hoped that we might beat Noble Mission second time up at Chester - we got closer - but Telescope has got his ground today and was running over the right trip. That was a hell of a performance. I am so excited. I would be thinking about the Gr.1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It is the route we took with Harbinger who won both races in 2010. I stood here after Harbinger had won as impressively and Sir Michael did his usual ‘we will see and let the dust settle’, but I said ‘no, come on, let’s go for the King George.”
“Sir Michael would make those decisions, but you would be pretty bonkers to say it’s not the obvious race having performed like that. These are the nicest group of owners and I am thrilled for them - and they include people from the Bahamas and Australia. This is another great training performance from Sir Michael and hopefully we can go on from here.”
Telescope is out of an unraced half-sister to the Gr.1 Dubai World Cup winner and sire Moon Ballad (Singspiel). The second dam, Velvet Moon (Shaadi), won the Gr.2 Lowther Stakes and is a half-sister to the Champion Three-Year-Old in Italy Central Park (In The Wings), winner of the Gr.1 (then) Derby Italiano.
Telescope was bred by Barronstown Stud, which has had a stellar couple of months, with three high profile winners, including The Offer (Montjeu), who won the Gr.1 Sydney Cup in April, as well as the impressive Listed Windsor Castle Stakes winner on Tuesday, Hootenanny (Quality Road).
Extract from European Bloodstock News