Monday, May 7, 2012

Triple Crown Bid Beckons for Mighty Camelot

For the first time in decades, it looks as though a horse might just have appeared on the racing scene that is capable of giving a serious shot at emulating the mighty, Nijinsky, winner of the Triple Crown in 1970.

Camelot’s fine victory in the Qipco 2000 Guineas has set up that mouth-watering possibility, and given racing fans something to dream about, at least until next month’s Derby, writes Elliot Slater.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt landed the first colts’ classic of the season by a neck, from the brave French challenger, French Fifteen, with another Gallic raider, Hermival, third ahead of Trumpet Major (the best of the home defence). 

The son of Montjeu needed every yard of the mile to get to the front, after being given a very confident ride from the outstanding young Irish rider, Joseph O’Brien, 18-year-old son of the winning trainer, Aidan.

After settling at the rear of the field, it was not until the two furlong from home marker that Camelot made his move, scything through the field to hit the front inside the final furlong, before running on strongly to hold the Nicolas Clement-trained runner-up, a horse already proven as a high-class performer. 

With a pedigree that shouts stamina, it was no surprise to see bookies slashing the odds of a Camelot Investec Derby win, and while some already go odds-on, the best price in the market is now a skimpy 5/4, with online betting on racing at Bet Victor.

For one normally reticent, and loath to give away too much about future plans, it was more than interesting to hear O’Brien senior mention the possibility of a crack at the Triple Crown. The feat would require victory over an extended mile-and-three-quarters at Doncaster, in September, in the St Leger, to go along with the Epsom and the 2000 Guineas. 

Such a prospect already has the racing world in breath-taking anticipation and looks set to illuminate an already fascinating 2012 season. Get great odds on horse racing on

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