Friday, February 24, 2012

Camelot on track for Derby success

Connections of Derby ante-post favourite Camelot have reported that their colt is looking fresh and ready for a shot at some of the biggest races in the country in 2012 following his winter break.

Camelot heads both the 2000 Guineas and Derby market on the back of winning the Racing Post Trophy in impressive style at Doncaster at the back end of last season. Those looking at the 2012 Epsom Derby betting will have been keeping a close eye on him.

The son of Montjeu has only had two starts so far in career but he has done enough to impress punters and bookmakers on both of those runs.

The 2000 Guineas at Newmarket could be his first big race target in May. The three-year old is set for his seasonal reappearance in April after which a decision will be made about the opening Classic of the season in May.

If connections decide that the mile trip is too short for Camelot, they are likely to have the Derby in their mind at Epsom in June over the longer trip of 1m4f.

The last time trainer Aidan O'Brien won the 2000 Guineas was in 2008 when Henrythenavigator picked up the race for the fifth time for the Irishman. He does have to go as far back as 2002 though, for when he last won the Derby. That was with High Chaparral, who followed up the success the Ballydoyle trainer had with Galileo a year earlier.

O'Brien will be concerned about the failure of St Nicholas Abbey in the 2000 Guineas two years ago. His colt when off short priced favourite for the contest at Newmarket but struggled with the trip which ultimately ruined his season. He did make it up for it a year later though, with success in the Coronation Cup at Epsom and at the Breeders Cup meeting in November.

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