Telecaster had not seen a racecourse before late March, but his improvement saw him defeat last year’s Champion Two Year Old, Too Darn Hot, in the Group Two Al Bast Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York.
A fascinating renewal of this important Derby trial, brought together a quality field of eight over 1 ¼ miles.
As the stalls burst open, Almania badly missed the break and it was Turgenev who led from Telecaster, who failed to settle.
The front pair quickly pulled five lengths clear of Nayef Road, with Too Darn Hot settled in fourth.
Turgenev continued to bomb along from Telecaster, with six lengths back to Nayef Road, Too Darn Hot, Line Of Duty, Japan and then Surfman and Almania.
Into the home straight, Turgenev and Telecaster led but Too Darn Hot was closing, while those in behind were under pressure.
Too Darn Hot switched to the inside, as Telecaster went on with two furlongs to run.
Too Darn Hot was under pressure and whilst he harried Telecaster, he could not go past and lost his unbeaten record.
At the line, Telecaster and Oisin Murphy beat Too Darn Hot by about a length. There was a break back to Surfman, who made up ground late on for third, with Japan a never dangerous fourth.
Trainer Hughie Morrison would have to convince owners to supplement Telecaster for the Derby at a cost of £85,000.
The trainer said:
“He’s obviously pretty special,” said Morrison. “I haven’t a clue how good, though, because I’ve had nothing like him before. In the spring he and Marmelo went up the hill at home and Marmelo suddenly felt he wasn’t going as well as Telecaster, so he gave him a quick bite.
“It’s great to be on the top table. We only have ten three-year-old colts, so to have one who could be thought of running in the Derby with a bit of chance is great for the whole team.”
“We’ll give it a few days. The Derby is obviously the way you would like to think we’ll go, but there are only 16 days between the races and he has had more than a racecourse gallop today. It’s also fast ground out there and that takes its toll,” he added.
John Gosden nominated the St James’s Palace Stakes over a mile – rather than the Derby, as the next port of call for Too Darn Hot:
“Frankie said he didn’t want to get closer to a nice, even pace, the winner used the pacemaker well.
“He (Too Darn Hot) was hard on the bridle and fresh, like I said he would be, he’s run his race a little bit early on.
“Frankie was clear in his mind that in the last furlong the lack of a race (told) — but also his stamina was giving out.
“We were here for a trial today to find out if we went for the Derby or the St James’s Palace, and we’ll run in the St James’s Palace.
“I’m delighted with the horse, he might get 10 furlongs later in the year, but not fresh off a lay off — he was vulnerable off a lay off.
“He’d had two weeks walking, he’s run a solid race but it was a matter of stamina. If you are going to a Derby, you can’t go playing around — I wanted to come for a proper trial and we’ve had one.”