All connected with the high-class Camelot must be counting the days down to September 15, when the unbeaten three-year-old will bid to add his name to that of Nijinsky as the only horses of modern times to have won the British Triple Crown, by winning the world’s oldest classic race, the Group 1 Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster, writes Elliot Slater.
The son of Montjeu stands on the verge of greatness, if he can successfully take the step up a further two-and-a-half furlongs to an extended mile-and-three-quarters in his long, elegant stride, having begun the term by defeating French Fifteen in the Rowley Mile in May when coming with a wet sail inside the final furlong to get up close home to score by just a neck.
That win came as something of a bonus to connections, who had always seen Camelot as a middle-distance performer, and he certainly didn’t disappoint when turning up at Epsom four weeks later to slam Main Sequence by five lengths to further raise the possibility of a Triple Crown bid.
The clamour for trainer, Aidan O’Brien, and the colt’s owners at Ballydoyle to go for the St Leger became even more intense after the Joseph O’Brien-ridden star had got the better of bottomless conditions on the Curragh to beat the subsequently disappointing Born To Sea by two lengths in the Irish Derby.
After being given a mid-term break, the reports from the O’Brien camp suggest that all is well, as the days tick away to the third Saturday in September and a date with destiny on the famous turf of Town Moor.
The horse racing previews seem to have seen few dangers in the Great Voltigeur victory of Thought Worthy over Main Sequence at York’s Ebor meeting, and Camelot is now a top priced 4/9 favourite in the best racing odds to win at Doncaster, some firms erring very much on the side of caution offering no bigger than 1/3.
Racing fans can hardly wait to see for themselves just how things will pan out for the unbeaten Irish star.