Telecaster Connections Dreaming Big With Arc Entry


Connections of Telecaster are strongly thinking about giving their horses an entry in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe next month, with the four year old unbeaten on both his starts in France this season.

The Castle Down Racing owned colt has had an upand down career, bursting onto the scene at Doncaster with a good second and then bolting up at Windsor next time out, really announcing himself as a horse to watch.

After that win, he went to York in the Group Two Dante Stakes where he managed to see off a strong field including multiple Group One winner Too Darn Hot.

After that he struggled for form finishing last in the Derby and then only beating one home in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown.

With those underwhelming performances he was put away for the rest of the season and came back 11 months later in June this year and finished a good third in the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes.

He used that run to improve and get off the mark for the season in the Group Three La Coupe at ParisLongchamp, but couldn't back that up at the Ebor meeting when fourth in the City Of York Stakes.

Telecaster made it back to back wins in France last time out when taking the Group Two Grand Prix de Deauville on heavy ground and having stayed the Arc trip well, his connections have big plans for the four year old.

(Credit ATR) “It’s definitely a possibility that he could go,” said his trainer Hughie Morrison.

“Nothing really sprang out of the trials to put us off. The filly who won the Vermeille (Tarnawa) was impressive, but connections said afterwards that was her day.

“On quick ground the Vermeille was run three or four lengths quicker than the Foy. You might not be able to take that literally, but given all the results I think we have a right to be there.

“It was heavy when we won at Deauville so if it was soft that would be in our favour, I think – we wouldn’t want it quick, but hopefully at that time of year it wouldn’t be anyway.

“It all seemed to click last time, he seems to have taken the race very well.“We’re realistic, but the owner quite rightly feels finishing third in the Arc might be viewed better than a Group One anywhere else in the world at this time of year – bar the Champion Stakes.”