Camelot of course is a legendary castle but the Aidan O’Brien trained Camelot could quite easily go on to become a legendary racehorse, if the nature of his victory in the prestigious Group One Racing Trophy over a mile last Saturday at Doncaster is anything to go by.
With only one previous run, a maiden which he won at Leopardstown in July, this son of Montjeu looked every bit a potential Epsom Derby winner in the making, after this easy 2¼ length victory. The Bookmakers were understandably quick to react and have clipped the colt’s odds to just 3/1 for the 2012 Epsom Derby and they have also made him a 5/1 favourite for the 2000 Guineas next May.
Jockey, Joseph O’Brien, son of the trainer, did not even find it necessary to use the persuader, with the horse picking up very smoothly in the final furlong after being held up at the rear of the five runner field. It was young O’Brien’s first Group One winner in the UK but his father was saddling his sixth Racing Post Trophy winner, whilst the Coolmore Stud stallion, Montjeu, was claiming his fourth as a sire, having sired previous winners of this prestigious two year old event, Motivator, Authorised and St Nicholas Abbey, all recent winners of the race two of which (Motivator and Authorised) went on to win the Derby! It was also Montjeu’s eighth Group One winner of the season, three of them, Jukebox Jury, Masked Marvel and Pour Moi being classic winners in 2011.
Needless to say, but already speculation is mounting that Camelot could be the next superstar in the making, following Sea The Stars in 2009 and Frankel who is set to carry his unbeaten run into next season a four year old. Certainly on this evidence it hugely understandable, it has always been known that Camelot is very highly regarded at Ballydoyle and although being a little late starting his racing career, he has now demonstrated that he has all the class in the world and is easily the best juvenile seen out on either side of the Irish season during this season.
Second horse home in Saturday’s race was the supplemented Zip Top from the Jim Bolger stable in Ireland, while third was John Gosden’s Fencing. Both ran well and stayed on after the race was run with a strong gallop, dictated by Camelot’s stablemate, Learn. However, neither could match the speed and timing of the winner, but nonetheless they will both have winning prospects in Pattern company as three year olds.