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Camelot among St Leger entries and 2/5 for Triple Crown

| 29.08.2012

Camelot seems set to take his chance in becoming the first horse in 42 years to complete the Triple Crown as he is one of 36 horses to be given entries into the St Leger.

Nijinsky was the last horse to show such versatility, when he triumphed in the 2,000 Guineas over 1m and the Epsom Derby over 1m4f, before heading to Doncaster to complete the treble over a stamina-sapping 1m6f.

Camelot has stood out in the three-year-old ranks this year and being a son of Montjeu, it is no surprise that he has improved when stepped up the middle distances.

Although always holding French Fifteen in the 2,000 Guineas, he only prevailed by a neck, but he was far more dominant at Epsom when asked to reel in the leaders.

There is no reason to suggest that he will not stay at Doncaster as he seems to settle well and he could have been held onto a little longer at Joseph O’Brien at Epsom if necessary.

Meanwhile, Doncaster should pose no obvious problems for the horse, given that he was convincing at the track as a two-year-old, when a shake of the reins was all that was needed for him to waltz away with the Group One Racing Post Trophy.

Although Camelot achieving the Triple Crown would be significant, a victory would represent an even bigger feat for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

O’Brien is on the brink of becoming the first ever trainer to win all five English Classics in the same season and Camelot is 2/5 to win the St Leger.

Aside from Camelot’s two victories, Homecoming Queen left the field for dead in the 1,000 Guineas, while Was proved a surprise winner of the Epsom Oaks.

O’Brien is responsible for 11 of the 36 entries in total, with his best alternatives to Camelot looking like Derby third Astrology and another Group One winner in Imperial Monarch.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.