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HUGHIE Morrison has revealed that the decision of whether to supplement Dante Stakes winner Telecaster for the Investec Derby on June 1 may not be made until next week.
The son of 2008 Derby winner New Approach was slashed in price for the Derby after outgunning the previously unbeaten Too Darn Hot over an extended 10 furlongs at York on May 16 to score by a length after racing close to the pace throughout.
The victory followed a wide margin win at Windsor in mid-April which was preceded by a promising debut when second to fellow Derby contender Bangkok in a maiden race at Doncaster on March 30.
Speaking to reporters at Breakfast with the Stars at Epsom on Tuesday, Morrison said he is in no rush to decide whether to advise connections to pay the £85,000 supplementary fee for Epsom.
“Telecaster had a very hard race against Too Darn Hot last week at York. We are going to need a bit more time before we make a decision,” Morrison said.
“There is only a 16 day gap between the Dante and the Derby. We are perfectly happy with him and we are doing everything we would like him to do after a race. We will bide our time until as late as possible.
“I have not spoken to the owners yet in detail. If the horse did run, I would not be able to put my hand on my heart and say that he has fully recovered. It would be wrong of me to say and you can’t really judge after a big race, because he is not the sort of horse who is going to be working all the time as he doesn’t need a lot of work.
“He has an extremely high cruising speed. As a three-year-old staying colt, he is the best I have ever trained. He has shown us things no other horse has done. He finds everything very easy. He is very much like his mother [Shirocco Star] who I also trained.
“Telecaster is growing up all the time. We’ll definitely push it till at least the weekend as it is a serious lot of money. We have got a free entry into the Irish Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris, so we will have to think about that too.”
Telecaster is best-priced at 13-2 for the Investec Derby where the betting is headed by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet (10-3) who also needs to be supplemented.
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