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The Punter: Stay away from Camelot, for now

A word of warning from Aidan O'Brien should be heeded by those who fancy Camelot for the Newmarket 2,000 Guineas, the first Classic of the season.

The Coolmore maestro has hinted that Camelot may not be a contender, so ante-post bets at 9-4 must be avoided.

This classy Racing Post Trophy winner, has the Epsom Derby as his number one target and all ante-post cash should be aimed in that direction. That won't be any consolation to the client who has £100,000 on at 3-1 for a Guineas victory.

Even if Camelot does run in the Newmarket race, there' remains a doubt about having the speed required for the mile which makes it sensible to took for value elsewhere, for example the 12-1 available on Richard Hannon's Harbour Watch.

After Sunday's gallops at the Curragh, O'Brien said, “It would not be wrong to say he is likely to run. Obviously he's a possible, but not definite.”

Cleary the camp have doubts about the mile trip, so best wait until the final declarations or ensure a ‘non-runner no bet proviso' before playing. However, on the 1,000 Guineas front, get stuck into O'Brien's Maybe at a general 7-2. She proved herself the best two-year-old last year and has progressed physically over the winter. The fillies' Classic is at her mercy.

Interestingly, Excelebration, behind Frankel three times last year, has now joined the O'Brien team and there should plenty of good races to be won with him, especially on the home front.

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