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Sir Alex's Derby hopes hit by Telescope injury
Sir Alex Ferguson may have ended his 26-year reign as Manchester United manager with a 13th Premier League title, but his hopes of winning the Derby are in doubt after Telescope was withdrawn from Thursday's Dante Stakes at York.
The Galileo colt, part-owned by Ferguson and trained by Sir Michael Stoute, suffered a minor infection in grazes on two of his legs caused while being loaded onto a horsebox and he was not among the eight runners declared at the 48-hour stage for the Knavesmire feature.
Harry Herbert, racing manager to owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: "It's obviously very disappointing, particularly for all of his owners, that Telescope cannot run in the Dante on Thursday.
"Sir Michael couldn't give him anti-inflammatories as it was too close to the Dante and unfortunately we have discovered through a blood test that the grazes have become infected.
"We are hoping that he will still make it to the Derby and Sir Michael is hoping to give him a racecourse gallop in preparation."
Telescope claimed his maiden win at Newmarket in September, while his only other start as a juvenile resulted in a promising runner-up finish to Snow King on debut at Ascot earlier that month.