Harry Herbert believes Telescope will have to improve again if he is to follow up his devastating win at Royal Ascot in Saturday’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, writes Graham Clark.
The much-talked-about son of Galileo put in one of the best performances at last month’s Royal meeting when slamming his rivals by an eye-catching seven lengths in the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes.
However, Herbert —who is the manager of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old’s owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing — feels he needs to raise his game again if he is to make his first attempt at Group One level a winning one.
“The race at Royal Ascot was a terrific performance and we didn’t expect him to win by seven lengths,” said Herbert. “However, he will have to show more improvement on Saturday as he is not just taking on his own generation this time.”
Since his blistering performance at the Berkshire track Herbert has confirmed that all has gone to plan for last year’s Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur winner.
Should Telescope add to his latest win it would hand the syndicate their second winner of the race having landed it back in 2010 with Harbinger.
“Touch wood, he has been in great form and Sir Michael Stoute is very pleased with him,” said Herbert. “He is in the hands of the master who knows just what to do with improving four-year olds.
“We fully respect Taghrooda and the team behind the filly as she was very impressive in the Oaks, while Eagle Top was impressive at Royal Ascot but it is a big step up for him.
“Then there is Mukhadram, the Eclipse winner.
“I saw him the other day at evening stables and you would not have known he had run in the Eclipse let alone winning it.
“It is terrifically exciting for every one involved and, although it is a very tough field, I am an optimistic person and we certainly have a live chance of winning it.”