Hughie Morrison Retains Faith In Telecaster

Hughie Morrison

Trainer Hughie Morrison has not given up on his Dante winner Telecaster for the upcoming season and believes the four year old can go well in some of the big Group Ones this season.

The son of New Approach had a stand out start to the season last term when finishing a bold second in a big fielded Maiden behind Bangkok and from that went from strength to strength.

He landed a decent contest at Windsor by over 10 lengths and with aspirations of hitting the big time, Morrison entered the colt into the Dante Stakes at York and he saw off talented Group One winners in Too Darn Hot and Japan to land the Group Two event.

From there he was aimed at the Derby but it was not to be, never running his race and finishing last of the pack but despite that poor run and another in the Eclipse at Sandown, Morrison believes he can get back to winning ways this year.

(Credit Racing Post) "He's cantering away and has done some nice bits of work," Morrison said. "We're looking forward to get going with him. We'll look at the big mile-and-a-quarter races for him but I wouldn't be surprised if he could go a little further.

"He's a big, strong, powerful horse and he appears to have settled down a lot since last year. I'm not sure where we'll go but we'd like to start in a Group 3 somewhere but even that is going to be full of Group 1 horses so we'll see."

Morrison, like any trainer is looking forward to the return of racing which could come on June 1st and with the trainer having a decent group of three year olds ready to be unleashed, he hopes the return is sooner rather than later.

Morrison added: "We've got a handful of three-year-olds that I think are really nice.

"With Respect will be better off on soft ground so we might find the summer a bit tricky with him. We've had a dry summer so maybe we'll have a soft-ground summer!

"We've always been keen on Starcat. He got a high Timeform rating on debut but he's a quiet one at home so I'm not sure what I've got there. I think he's a mile or mile and a quarter horse. We could go straight to the Guineas with him.

"I've always loved Kipps and I think he's a nice horse."