Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Telescope is shining star for Sir Alex Ferguson

Look here: Sir Alex Ferguson has been keeping eye on Telescope

One-time Derby hope Telescope, part-owned by former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, got his season up and running with a most impressive return to action in the At The Races Sky 415 Conditions Stakes at Leicester.

Narrowly beaten on his racecourse debut at Ascot last September, Sir Michael Stoute's Galileo colt got off the mark at the second attempt in scintillating fashion at Newmarket later that month.

Such was the impression he made at Headquarters, he headed into the winter as a leading ante-post fancy for the premier Classic, but he failed to make it to Epsom after a couple of setbacks earlier this year and was unimpressive when last seen in public having a racecourse gallop at Lingfield.

Facing just two opponents on this belated seasonal bow, Telescope, sent off the 1-2 favourite, took the lead three furlongs out, galloped on strongly and passed the post a yawning 24 lengths clear.

Meanwhile, Jamie Piggott, son of the legendary Lester, finished well beaten on his first ride in public at Killarney.

The 19-year-old partnered Pivotal Rock for his boss Tommy Stack in the Killarney Grand Live Music Handicap over an extended mile, with the six-year-old strongly backed and eventually sent off the 6-1 favourite.

Allowed to claim 10lb, the inexperienced rider was never too far off the pace, but after becoming short of room in the straight, Pivotal Rock faded and came home in midfield well behind 20-1 shot Measured Approval.

Piggott, whose mount was seventh, said: "It was a good experience, the horse is good and honest but needed that bit extra today.

"I completed my A-levels in maths and three sciences before giving riding a go. I've only been riding properly for eight months. I've been riding out in Tommy Stack's and have been there full-time since before the winter. Hopefully I can make a career of being a jockey now."

Fozzy Stack, representing his father, said "Jamie did nothing wrong today and I was pleased with him. He happens to have an unfortunate surname as nobody will ever beat his father."

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