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Highclere have Classic dreams

Tue, 23 October 2012

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's latest Classic hope Telescope is likely to be seen next in one of the spring Derby trials.

Harry Herbert and his team have been busy presenting their latest bunch of yearling purchases to their syndicate members during the early part of this week, as well as announcing several new trainers to their roster.

Sir Michael Stoute, who receives a few more quality looking colts from the most recent intake, saw the Galileo youngster leap towards the top of the betting for next year's Investec Derby with a smart maiden victory at Newmarket last month.

Herbert said: "Telescope looks very exciting. Sir Michael was here the other day and I asked him in front of everybody what his plans for the horse might be and he did say that he would look at running in one of the Derby trials. There is so much to come physically and he's one to look forward to.

"Sir Michael has another nice horse for us called Persepolis, who was second in a decent maiden at Lingfield and will probably wait for next season now, as will Homage, who won his maiden at Kempton."

The team managed a runner in their colours in both the Derby and Oaks this season, although Dante winner Bonfire was only sixth in the former and has been gelded. Vow fared better to finish fourth at Epsom and is to be dropped in class following her moderate effort on British Champions Day.

Herbert said: "Vow is going to run in a Listed race at Lingfield at the beginning of November. She seems very well and is going to stay in training next season. Bonfire has done fantastically well after his gelding operation, he looks great and is going back to Andrew Balding."

Tassel is to have a final outing of the season in the EBF Express Cafes Bosra Sham Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket on November 2, while Melrose winner Guarantee remains with William Haggas next year.

Herbert and his brother-in-law and business partner John Warren ran through their new yearlings on a murky morning on the Highclere Estate in Berkshire, where athlete Denise Lewis was among the guests.

Marco Botti will receive further confirmation of his rise as a trainer when he takes his first horse for the syndicate, a Danehill Dancer colt. Along with existing trainers like Sir Henry Cecil, Roger Varian, Michael Bell and Richard Hannon, they will also send a Nayef filly to Freddie Head in Chantilly.