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Telescope ruled out of Derby

TELESCOPE has a sore left shin and "won't be running" in the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 1, said trainer Michael Stoute.

The Galileo colt had a racecourse gallop at Lingfield yesterday, in which he was described as only "workmanlike" by the Newmarket handler.

He has since developed a sore shin, with Stoute of the opinion the premier Classic will now come too soon. Stoute said: "He has a bit of soreness on a left shin and I don't think the horse will be going to Epsom.

"He's not giving us the right signs and won't be running."

Telescope missed an intended prep run in the Dante Stakes at York last week after grazes he sustained on his legs became infected.

Amongst Telescope's owners is former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.

Stoute said: "He has had hold-ups here and there and hasn't been giving us the right signs."

Asked if he was definitely out of the Derby, Stoute said: "He's not going to run."


Sugar Boy bid turning sour

Patrick Prendergast has claimed Sugar Boy is not a certain starter in the Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Prendergast is wary of running his Sandown Classic Trial winner on ground not to his liking, with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby his big target at the end of next month.

Prendergast said: "The ground is fairly good on the Curragh at the moment and I wouldn't run him on firm ground before the Derby. We'll take whatever way the ground comes up on Derby day."

Also doubtful is Sruthan, with trainer Paul Deegan unsure whether to step him up to the mile-and-a-quarter distance.

But Deegan "can't wait" to see Fast In The Wind test his mettle in the Cold Move EBF Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday. The two-year-old steps up to Listed level after making a winning debut over course and distance in April.

"He's in great form and goes there with every chance," said Deegan.