Saturday, 22 October 2011

The Legend Of Camelot...

It Could Be You

Reputations are regularly shattered in Group Ones but Camelot's grew exponentially larger as Aidan O'Brien's latest sensation took Doncaster's Racing Post Trophy with consummate ease. O'Brien was winning the British season's final top-level two-year-old race for the sixth time and such was the manner of this performance, Camelot was cut to as short as 3-1 for next year's Investec Derby. 

Ante-post punters must pay heed to the fate of St Nicholas Abbey, who shone at Town Moor on this day two years ago only to fail in the Classics, even if it should not deflect the impact of the outrageous promise of his stablemate.

The Montjeu colt made his only previous appearance 100 days earlier when beating a handful of ordinary rivals in a Leopardstown maiden.

But O'Brien's admission that his feedback of Camelot's work on the gallops had been startling goes some way to explain why he was sent off the 10-11 favourite here.

The trainer's son Joseph sat motionless at the back of the field, allowing his four rivals a scent of glory before switching to the rail and letting Camelot stride past them without needing to apply any sort of pressure.
Connections of Zip Top and Fencing, who were second and third respectively and two and a quarter lengths behind, were left in no doubt they had bumped into a very smart horse.

"The data we were getting from him at home was showing up as something out of the ordinary," said Aidan O'Brien.

"Although you are only reading that stuff, he still had to come here today and prove it.
"When the lads saw him at the sales they started thinking he might be something we hadn't seen before and he came to hand so quickly, the only worry was the trainer might run him too often and destroy him!
"Joseph said he never had to get him near to top gear.
"He's a super-quick thinker with a lovely temperament and he's a joy to have anything to do with."
Sky Bet offer the 3-1 for the Derby with Betfred bigger at 4s, although O'Brien leaves the race targets to his Coolmore patrons.

"He can do probably whatever you want. The boys will make the decision (about where he runs), but you saw the speed," he added.

O'Brien junior, riding his first Group One winner in Britain, said: "I thought I was on the best horse in the race and he never really came off the bridle.
"I think he's a very smart horse, he was a bit keen in the first furlong as he hadn't raced for a while, but he won very easily."

Jim Bolger expects to be seeing the last of the Sheikh Mohammed-owned Zip Top, reporting: "The winner is obviously a very smart horse. Our horse has run a good race and I think he'll find improvement into next year.
"I don't think it will be up to me (next year). I'd imagine he'll be going to Dubai and it will be up to the people at Darley."

Fencing's trainer, John Gosden, added: "We've been beaten by an exceptional horse who was in a class of his own.

"I think we've got a horse who is a nice horse, but he's a horse for next year."

Camelot has been cut into 3-1 favourite from 10s for the Derby next year with Sky Bet and their spokesman Matt Doyle said:

"Although we have been here before with St Nicholas Abbey who never scaled the heights at three his brilliant Racing Post Trophy success promised, Camelot has matched his home reputation with an impressive display to propel himself to short-priced favouritism for next year's Derby."

Source: Sporting Life