Hughie Morrison has insisted there’s plenty more to come from Telecaster ahead of today’s York Stakes at 14:40.
Telecaster will set off as the second favourite behind Elarqam and Morrison’s colt has come on in big strides over the last 12 months.
Morrison is hopeful of more from Telecaster today but admits the lure of running him in the Derby last year was too strong to resist, despite knowing it was probably too early from him.
“There wasn’t an obvious, obvious problem [last year] – he’s just he was a big, relatively immature horse who went from zero at the end of March, when he came second in a maiden, to winning the major Derby trial in the United Kingdom sort of in a matter of six, seven weeks’ later,” Hughie Morrison told the From The Horse’s Mouth podcast.
“And that’s a huge step up for any horse and I think we in our heart of hearts we always thought the Derby was just one step too quick, but there’s only one Derby, isn’t there? I’m afraid and the race would have been a lesser race for it.
“We also beat probably the top three-year-old miler last year and the top mile and a quarter-mile-and-a-half colt in Europe last year so whatever one says, it was a pretty hot performance and it might have just sort of emptied him really.
“And then another day you might have said no, we won’t go for the Derby and then left him alone waited for the Autumn.
“As I said my prime race was to come to the Tattersalls Gold Cup, to be honest, but we will go to York and hopefully run a big race.
“Interestingly we’re probably about sixth highest rated in the race which makes you wonder about how the ratings are put together sometimes, but that’s not for me to question, just to point out I think.
“We’re hoping for a big run, but he did let us down last year. We’d be thrilled to win on Saturday – I think we’ll keep our feet on the ground at the moment. He’s probably got to improve to beat Elarqam at the very least. Aspetar is a Group 1 winner and Regal Reality has got great form in group races.”
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