Camelot firmly on course

Camelot firmly on course
Camelot firmly on course
Sky Sports Racing News

Aidan O’Brien reports Camelot to be firmly on target for the Investec Derby – but has yet to finalise plans for the rest of his team.

The son of Montjeu triggered talk of a Triple Crown bid when winning the QIPCO 2000 Guineas on his seasonal reappearance and is now generally odds-on for the Epsom Classic.

Speaking at Breakfast With The Stars the trainer said: “Camelot has been good (since winning the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in early May) – everything is fine. He has been going gently and everything is well so far. I am happy with him.

“He has always been a very special horse here, from day one. He was a very short-priced favourite when he went for his maiden and then I was very happy with him in the Racing Post Trophy. His first big test was the Guineas.

“He is one of those very special horses. He is very relaxed, very straightforward and very calm but has a lot of nervous energy.

“All the others are on Derby work regimes and everything has gone well so far. They will go through all the tests next week and we will decide what to do.

“We are under no illusions with the Derby. We had two very special horses in High Chaparral and Galileo and have not won it since. The race is a very difficult test of a horse. There cannot be any chink in their armour and everything has to go right on the day. We are delighted to get there with horses with chances.”

Oaks Plans

O’Brien seems closer to finalising his team for the Investec Oaks.

“Maybe would be the first one to mention for the Oaks – we were very happy with her run in the Guineas when the ground was a bit on the slow side. Obviously, she is by Galileo and she has a very fast pedigree so a mile and a half is unknown until we do it,” he added.

“Kissed would be the next one. We were very happy with her first run of the year at Navan and she won very nicely. Betterbetterbetter ran a good race at Chester and Joseph said if he was to ride her again he might delay her challenge. Was had her first run back at Naas but I am not sure she will be ready in time. Twirl returned at York and would like to step up to a mile and a half. The Oaks is an incredibly important race for the pedigree.”

Turning to the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (Sponsored By Investec), O’Brien said: “Hopefully, Joseph will ride’St Nicholas Abbey. That is the plan anyway. He is definitely the main runner we will have there.”

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