Yes, Sea the Stars gave us a taster three years ago, but this year’s unbeaten Derby winner has been given the same rating of 124 after his weekend’s performance and is now around 4/1 to add the St Leger and Arc to his haul this season.
Some might question the quality of the field on Saturday as it did lack a bit of depth and was, after all, the smallest line-up we’ve had in the Classic for over 100 years. However, his time was just shy of 3 seconds faster than Sea The Star’s 2009 Derby win and with the Leger in mind he wasn’t exactly stopping up the hill.
He’s around 1/3 to add the final British Classic to his 2,000 Guineas and Derby victories and become the first horse since Nijinsky (1970) to land the Triple Crown. True, with the Arc only three weeks after the Doncaster race there might be some that feel he should just focus on the French race, however, I suspect the pressure from the racing fraternity will eventually be enough to convince the Ballydoyle team to really cement Camelot’s name into the history books and go for the September Classic.
I must also give credit to young Joseph O’Brien, who didn’t have much experience of riding around the tricky Epsom track and with such a responsibility of riding the short-priced Derby favourite for an owner who has hit the crossbar so many times the pressure would have been huge.
Okay, so many punters will say they could have probably won on him, but you’ve still got to do it and a lot can still go wrong – especially around a course like Epsom - while if he did mess up it’s not as if he can come back next year with the same horse and make amends!
St Nicholas Abbey’s win before the Derby in the Coronation Cup would have helped him bundles, being over the same trip, with O’Brien going onto ride almost identical races. He’s around 6/1 in the Arc market in what would be a very interesting clash, with Abbey’s Saturday win only around a second slower than Camelot’s time.
Many are also contemplating a clash with the mighty Frankel at some stage, but that would mean Camelot dropping back to at least 1m2f. It is a race I and every other follower of flat racing would relish but I'm inclined to think connections will keep him over further for the time being.
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