Anyone who hoped that a patient approach might result in an opportunity to back the impressive Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Camelot at odds against for the forthcoming Investec Derby at Epsom on June 2 looks like being disappointed as the last remnants of the even money offered by some firms in their ante-post list for the great race have evaporated leaving Aidan O’Brien’s charge a rock solid odds-on favourite, writes Elliot Slater.
Camelot has been gradually contracting in price as one by one the various Derby trials have been decided, with the general opinion being that no horse has put up a performance likely to leave the Ballydoyle handler and the Coolmore syndicate of John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith losing too much sleep. The imposing son of Montjeu has already proved himself a very smart performer in following up his effortless victory in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy last October as a juvenile with victory at Newmarket earlier in the month in the first colts classic of the season where he came from very nearly last at halfway to burst through under young Joseph O’Brien, leading at the furlong pole before digging deep to fend off the persistent challenge of the smart French Fifteen.
The general consensus of opinion is that Camelot ‘got away’ with winning the 2000 Guineas over a trip that is an absolute minimum for a horse who has a pedigree that is laden with high-class middle-istance blood, so there are few concerns about him staying the extra half mile at Epsom. Now a 10/11 shot in places with most Horse Racing Betting firms going 4/5 or shorter, O’Brien’s latest star could be in line for a crack at the legendary Triple Crown if he does indeed gallop to glory on the Surrey Downs on the first Saturday in June.