Guineas experience could prove key to Camelot at Epsom

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By Andrew Scutts
Racing Post


Speaking about the fact his son is set to ride Camelot, the trainer added: “It’s been great for all of us, from the time Joseph has been able to walk he’s been in the middle of it all here – both the good days and the bad days. He’s a massive help for us and before he couldride out he was going in the Jeep with us.”

O’Brien is still finalising his team for Epsom and concluded: “We’ve got a lot of different options there with the likes of Astrology, Imperial Monarch, maiden winners and Ernest Hemingway, who is a beautiful big horse. He will go for the Dante on Thursday if the ground is good or better but it is doubtful he’d go to Epsom if he misses York.

“Whether the boys would let all of them go to Epsom, I don’t know. All these horses are bred and reared for Epsom and the Derby is the race that shapes the breed.”

O’Brien could have three representatives in the Investec Oaks and added: “Maybe and Kissed will go straight for Epsom and we could look at the race for Was, who we might run at Naas on Thursday, as well. Wading didn’t come right in the spring and I don’t want to force her so I’d be surprised if she makes Epsom.”

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