Telescope has Haydock in sights
Telescope is set to face nine rivals in the Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.
Sir Michael Stoute's colt was considered a leading Derby contender as he headed into his winter quarters off the back of an impressive Newmarket maiden win, but his early three-year-old campaign did not go to plan.
The Galileo colt missed his intended Derby trial run in the Dante Stakes at York after a minor setback, after which a trip to Epsom was shelved following an unsatisfactory piece of work at Lingfield.
Telescope made a belated return in a three-runner conditions race at Leicester in mid-July and could not have been more impressive in winning by 24 lengths.
He now tests the water at Group Three level in this 10-furlong assignment on Merseyside.
The highest rated of his opponents is Godolphin's City Style, a horse who has been placed at Group One level on multiple occasions.
He makes his first appearance since finishing sixth in the Dubai Duty Free at Meydan in late March.
Godolphin are also represented by Quick Wit.
While clearly not as talented as full-brother Frankel, Lady Cecil's Noble Mission is no slouch and, interestingly, comes back in distance from a mile and a half.
Sri Putra looks to bounce back from three disappointing runs so far this season, while Johnny Murtagh is an interesting jockey booking aboard Mike de Kock's South African challenger David Livingston.
The field is completed by Area Fifty One, Black Spirit, Rewarded and Making Eyes.