Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

York date unlikely for Camelot

Camelot holds off Born To Sea in the Irish Derby

Camelot will have either one more outing or a racecourse gallop before his bid for Triple Crown glory in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in September.

The 2000 Guineas and Investec Derby hero kept his unbeaten record intact with a determined victory in Saturday's Irish Derby in gruelling conditions and is now set for a midsummer break.

A trip to Town Moor is firmly on the agenda as he aims to become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to win the Guineas, Derby and St Leger in Britain, but plans in the meantime are up in the air and he is unlikely to take on Frankel in next month's Juddmonte International at York.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien said on Sunday afternoon: "Camelot seems fine this morning and ate up well. The St Leger is the race we're looking at and he'll either have a racecourse gallop or a race in between.

"We will do the same as after all the big races and wait a week before sitting down to discuss what will happen.

"To be honest, there aren't that many options between now and then. The Juddmonte International at York wouldn't be an ideal prep for the St Leger as he'd be coming back to a mile and a quarter - he is a strong traveller and we worked hard at getting him to settle."

O'Brien also revealed running plans for a number of his other Ballydoyle inmates.

He said: "The plan for So You Think at the moment is the Eclipse at Sandown next Saturday and that possibly could be his last race before going back to Australia.

"Imperial Monarch (a non-runner in the Irish Derby) will run in the Grand Prix de Paris on July 14 at Longchamp."

Of Was and Maybe, who were both taken out of Sunday's Pretty Polly Stakes on account of the ground, O'Brien said: "Was will run in the Darley Irish Oaks next. Maybe will run next in the Group One Falmouth Stakes (over a mile) at Newmarket later this month."

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