Camelot Etched In Derby Legend
Camelot Etched In Derby Legend
Sporting Life


Hot favourite Camelot kept his unbeaten record intact with a superb victory in the Investec Derby at Epsom.

Aidan O’Brien’s 2000 Guineas hero was sent off the 8-13 favourite to complete the Classic double, and the trainer’s son, Joseph, 19, was happy to sit towards the rear for much of the mile-and-a-half journey.

He began to make headway on the outside of the field rounding the home turn, but for a moment it appeared his stablemate Astrology had stolen a march on his rivals.

However, Camelot mowed him down heading towards the final furlong and finished strongly to secure a five-length success.

The David Lanigan-trained Main Sequence narrowly denied O’Brien a one-two, getting up on the line to edge out Astrology.

Camelot rounded off his juvenile year with a mesmerising performance in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, and came from a long way back to make a winning return to action in the season’s first Classic at Newmarket last month.

O’Brien junior showed nerves of steel to hold on to his mount for so long, timing his run to perfection to secure his first Derby triumph.

It was a third win in the Epsom Classic for the Ballydoyle trainer and his first since High Chaparral took Flat racing’s greatest prize a decade ago.

O’Brien has now saddled the winner of all four Classics run in Britain this season.

There did not appear to be too many hard-luck stories in behind, with leading fancy Bonfire seemingly failing to get home.

The winning jockey said: “I was a bit worried as he didn’t come down the hill at all. He didn’t handle the track that well, so he did well to win.

“He’s a very special horse and I’m just very fortunate to be on his back. I owe a big thanks to the owners and everyone in the yard.”

Anne-Marie O’Brien, wife of the trainer and Joseph’s mother, said: “I can’t believe it, it’s amazing.

“I met Lester Piggott last weekend and he said to tell Joseph not to be in any hurry (in the race).

“I’m really thrilled, it’s incredible.”

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