Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

The Punter: Triple Crown chasing Camelot could leave Frankel in the shade

Johnny Murtagh is likely to team up with Ursa Major for the St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday

Camelot has lived under the shadow of Frankel this year but will surely bask in the bright sunshine of racing history by becoming the first colt to win the Triple Crown since the great Nijinksky 42 years ago.

And if he adds Saturday's St Leger to his 2000 Guineas and Derby the St Leger, it will re-open the debate about who's the best horse in the world.

At this moment, Camelot is £80,000 ahead of Frankel in terms of prizemoney won.

Frankel has been a marvel to behold but so too is Camelot a son of Montjeu and it has to be said that he has achieved more than Frankel as a three-year-old with three Classic wins and a fourth awaiting.

The St Leger over 1m 6f is a serious test of stamina for him but class and speed has him head and shoulders above everything else. And he can go one better than Nijinksky by adding the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe next month, a race in which Ninjinsky was unluckily beaten.

Unfortunately there will be no clash with Frankel who bypasses the French race, waiting instead for his finale in the Champion Stakes at Ascot. The legendary Lester Piggott who knows a thing or two about horses — he rode Nijinsky — believes Camelot is a ‘good thing’ for Saturday for which he's a warm favourite at 1/3 but the odds of 5/2 for the Arc should be snapped up as that price will disappear after the anticipated St Leger stroll.

“Nijinksy was bred for much more speed than Camelot and we were never sure whether he would get a mile and a half, never mind the St Leger trip. There was always that doubt because he was by Northern Dancer and that was all speed,” said Piggott. “Camelot is bred differently — he's bred to stay a St Leger trip and it should be quite straightforward really.

“There aren't many runners in the race and he has the finishing speed. He should kill them over the last furlong and a half. I'd love to see Camelot win just to show how good he is.” Derby form should be upheld and Main Sequence, third at Epsom is the one to give Camelot most to do and is a strong tip for the forecast.

If Camelot takes the St Leger and the Arc, would the Gold Cup next year be a possibility?

Now that really is the stuff of legends and would leave Frankel very much in the shade.

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