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Brigadier Gerard in Telescope's Sights
Sir Michael Stoute will use the Gr3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on 29 May as the starting point for enigmatic but highly talented galloper Telescope (Galileo-Velouette, by Darshaan), reports racingpost.com. Stoute has an affinity with the Brigadier Gerard, having won the race a total of eight times including twice in the last three years. Telescope, the one-time English Derby favourite, failed to justify the hype last year when missing a number of big race targets, but connections are hopeful he can fulfil his potential this year. Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: "Physically he was always going to improve from three to four, he was bred to. He did little wrong last year. There was all the talk about the Derby, in the end he couldn't run, and people get a bit soured by that I suppose." He added, "He is in the hands of the master and Sir Michael brought him back to win the Voltigeur [Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York] and I thought he won that impressively. That was only his fifth race and I'd like to think he can progress and he'll probably run at Sandown first time up in the Brigadier Gerard." Telescope is by Galileo out of the unraced Darshaan mare Velouette, a half-sister to Dubai World Cup winner Moon Ballad.