The extremely impressive Camelot made a winning start to his 2013 campaign by claiming the Morresbridge Stakes at Curragh in Ireland.
The gelding had a superb season last time out as he won the 200 Guineas as well as the Epsom and Irish Derby.
He is trained by the highly-rated Aidan O’Brien and the Irishman did admit he was slightly concerned coming into this race following surgery in the off season. Horse Racing betting experts were also wondering if he could perform again, but the horse showed just how good he is.
O’Brien said: “He had big colic surgery in the winter and you never really know what is going to happen.
“I was surprised at the shape he was in when he came back – that surgery is massive and we are lucky to have him.”
There is no doubt that Camelot is one of the most exciting horses around and it looks as though he is set for another big year with plenty more big races in the pipeline.
O’Brien’s son, Joseph, is often the man steering the horse and they seem to have an excellent relationship, something that is needed to win these big races.
He failed to become the first triple crown winner since 1970 after coming second in the St Ledger and then disappointed in his final run of the 2012 campaign at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
However, in that race in France, Camelot wasn’t 100 per cent fit and it played a big part in him not being near the contenders.
The plan is to give the four-year-old another run towards the end of May and then O’Brien is likely to assess what the best possible option is.
One thing is for sure, you want to keep an eye on whichever race Camelot is entered to as it is always a thrilling watch.
Under the experience of Aidan O’Brien, 2013 could be another incredible year for this talented four-year-old.