Camelot puzzler for O'Brien
Joseph O'Brien was left scratching his head after Camelot could finish only fourth in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt had a terrific season as a three-year-old, winning three Classics and coming close to landing the Triple Crown, but he was well beaten in the Arc and then suffered colic.
This year he appears to be lacking his usual acceleration and an easy comeback win has been followed by defeats in the Tattersalls Gold Cup and at the Royal meeting by the Roger Charlton-trained Al Kazeem.
"It was very disappointing, he's an exceptional horse," O'Brien jnr told At The Races.
"In all his races last year, until the Irish Derby, he quickened off the bridle all the way to the line. For whatever reason this year he's come off the bridle and he's just flattened out.
"I don't know why, he's been getting checked out after the race, but he's been disappointing.
"It was serious surgery he had. As a two-year-old his turn of foot was unbelievable, at three it was too, but for whatever reason he just hasn't produced it this year."