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Telescope beaten by a 'star'

Harry Herbert hailed the performance of Taghrooda in winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

Herbert is managing director of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing whose Wavertree syndicate owns the runner-up and beaten favourite Telescope.

Hopes had been high that the Galileo colt could emulate the same connections Harbinger who supplemented his impressive victory in the Hardwicke Stakes with success in this Group One contest.

The much-vaunted four-year-old was always well placed under Ryan Moore but simply had no answer to the year younger filly who breezed past him in the straight and Herbert was not in the mood to offer any excuses.

"He has run a terrific race and been beaten by an amazing filly," he said.

"He has travelled like the winner but I kept seeing Sheikh Hamdan's colours going so well in behind. I think the winner is absolutely exceptional. Telescope has still not been out of the first two.

"Ryan (Moore) did not feel that Telescope perhaps had run to the same standard as at Royal Ascot. Telescope got a bit warm today - he is quite a free sweater anyway. He may have got warmer today but then it is a much warmer day than at Royal Ascot. We are talking about margins at the end of the day and we would not have beaten the filly under any circumstances.

"He is a wonderfully consistent horse. We are delighted with the way he has run and lucky to have such a good colt.

"It was a great training performance by John Gosden of the winner, while Sheikh Hamdan has been vindicated for changing plans. When you get beaten and you get beaten by a horse as good as this filly, you just have to applaud and say avoid her in the future.

"I don't think Telescope has lost anything in defeat and we will return," he added.

Connections later revealed the colt is under consideration for the Breeders' Cup meeting in America at the end of the season.

Highclere tweeted on Saturday evening: "So proud of Telescope - what a terrific performance. He was beaten by an amazing filly who is one of the all-time greats.

"We will let the dust settle but we are seriously considering the Breeders' Cup Turf as an end-of-season target race for Telescope."