Epsom Derby: Sir Alex Ferguson's Telescope to miss Dante Stakes
Epsom Derby contender Telescope, part-owned by retiring Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, will miss Thursday's Dante Stakes at York.
Owners Highclere Racing say the colt, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, has a minor infection after he suffered grazes to two of his legs while being loaded into a horsebox.
"We are hoping Telescope will still make it to the Derby and Sir Michael is hoping to give him a racecourse gallop in preparation," said Highclere managing director Harry Herbert.
The Newmarket-trained Telescope was a 9-2 chance on Tuesday morning for the Derby on 1 June, behind 6-4 favourite Dawn Approach. When the market was revised after news of his infection, bookmakers priced the horse at 6-1 with a run.
Stoute has the only current leading British-trained challenger for the famous mile-and-a-half Flat race and hopes to give the three-year-old a racecourse gallop next week.
Another of Highclere's syndicates will be represented in the Dante by Greatwood, who was a late withdrawal from Saturday's Lingfield Derby Trial because of the rain-softened ground.