Dante Stakes winner Telecaster supplemented for Saturday’s Investec Derby at Epsom

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Dante Stakes winner Telecaster supplemented for Saturday’s Investec Derby at Epsom

  • Hughie Morrison convinced Telecaster has got over exertions from York win
  • The trainer has paid the £85,000 supplementary entry fee for Saturday’s race
  • He is one of 15 remaining entries, eight of which are trained by Aidan O’Brien

Trainer Hughie Morrison has added much needed spark to Saturday’s Investec Derby by giving the green light for Dante Stakes winner Telecaster to run.

Telecaster is one of 15 remaining entries for the Derby, eight of which are trained by Aidan O’Brien.

Doubts about the participation of the Telecaster, who will be ridden by Oisin Murphy, had persisted with Morrison wanting gauge that the son of New Approach had got over the exertions of winning the Dante at York on May 16.

Telecaster (left) has been added to the field for the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday

Telecaster (left) has been added to the field for the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday

DERBY ODDS

3 Sir Dragonet, 4 Broome, 5 Telecaster, Anthony Van Dyck, 8 Bangkok, 10 Japan, 12 Madhmoon, 14 Surfman, 20 Circus Maximus, Norway, 25 Cape Of Good Hope, Humanitarian, Line Of Duty, 33 Sovereign, 150 Hiroshima

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That was settled after Murphy rode Telecaster on Monday morning and Morrison gave the OK for an £85,000 supplementary entry fee to be paid.

Morrison said: ‘It was an easy decision in as much as we have had a smooth run with the horse since the Dante and we were happy with him. We have not had any concerns with his since.

‘Oisin sat in him this morning and gave him a breeze over five furlongs and he gave us the thumbs up. The difficult part will be the next five days hoping we have not wasted the money! So many things can go wrong.

‘We all felt it was part of one’s responsibilities to do one’s upmost to turn up for the race.’

Telecaster is 5-1 third favourite for the most significant Flat race of the season. He will be a second Derby runner for Morrison, whose Pisco Sour finished ninth to Pour Moi in 2011.

As expected O’Brien also supplemented ante-post favourite and Chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet.

Like Telecaster, he was an initial Derby entry but both colts were originally taken out of the race when they seemed likely to be too immature to make the race.

It has proved a costly decision to reverse but one which will be handsomely rewarded by a Derby win.

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O’Brien’s other Derby entries are Anthony Van Dyck, Cape of Good Hope, Circus Maximus, Broome, Japan, Norway and Sovereign.



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