Camelot should stay Derby trip – O’Brien

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By Peter Scargill
Racing Post

Camelot Unbeaten in three starts, Camelot has yet to race further than 1m having landed both the Guineas and the Racing Post Trophy over the trip.

However, being a son of Montjeu – a sire already responsible for Derby winners Motivator, Authorized and Pour Moi – O’Brien thinks the trip should be within the 1-2 favourite’s capabilities.

He said: “Montjeu is a big influence for stamina but Camelot has always shown plenty of pace. We have seen nothing to suggest that he won’t stay the Derby distance but we won’t know for definite until the race. He has always been a very exciting colt and so far everything has gone well with him.”

Should Camelot fail to give his running, as the last odds-on favourite for the Derby, Entrepreneur in 1997, did, then Bonfire is thought to be the Ballydoyle colt’s chief danger.

Some doubts linger over whether the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-owned three-year-old will stay the Derby trip and trainer Andrew Balding said: “I was delighted with him at York [in the Dante]. He did everything we could have asked for and he came out of it very well.

“He is a quite a naturally fit horse and hasn’t needed a whole heap of work. My one concern is the trip but we won’t know until we try.”

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