Ferguson hairdryer needed to wake up workmanlike Telescope

Telescope (r) fails to impress

Telescope (r) fails to impress

There was plenty of entertainment in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final match as manager of Manchester United. No doubt his pulse was racing as his side conceded five goals, but for once, the hairdryer was probably left at home. Next up to increase the adrenaline rate is Telescope, and Ferguson is hopeful that the horse he part owns will be ready to take his place in the Derby at the end of next weekend.

Ferguson was at Lingfield yesterday afternoon to see Telescope take part in a racecourse gallop along with stablemates Opinion and Commend. It was a repeat of the approach trainer Sir Michael Stoute took with Workforce, his last Derby winner. On yesterday’s showing, there won’t be a follow up, and the trainer was so disappointed that he ordered another workout at Newmarket on Saturday before deciding whether he’ll run at Epsom.

Maybe Telescope didn’t help himself, as he got his tongue over the bit and sweating up. But Stoute was clearly not happy when summing up afterwards. He said, “It was a workmanlike display – he has been working with these two horses this spring and has worked much better. I have been really happy with his work at home. He didn’t really switch off even cantering down. He was taking a bit of a tug even then and just wasn’t chilled. It is a long time since he has been on a racecourse, but we are going to work him again at Newmarket on Saturday and see what this has done to him mentally.”

Meanwhile, Ferguson was hopeful for Telescope as he looked back to his only previous visit to Epsom, saying, “It’s great to be in the Derby picture and hopefully I’ll be at Epsom to watch Telescope run. I’ve only been to the Derby once before. That was in 1997 and Benny The Dip. I think I was going on holiday the next day, flying from Heathrow, so it fitted in well.”

Is there an inference he wouldn’t have bothered but for being in the area? It could well be, as Ferguson is jetting off after this year’s Derby. In the meantime, maybe he could lend his hairdryer to Michael Stoute.

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