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Confidence growing in Camelot Arc bid

September 25, 2012 08:04:39 PM

He might have failed to land the Triple Crown in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster recently, but Aidan O’Brien’s triple classic winner Camelot is all the rage to get back on the winning trail and land Europe’s premier all age middle distance contest, the Group 1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 7.

There was a palpable sense of anti-climax among those who had bet on racing on Town Moor as Joseph O’Brien’s mount stayed on well from some way off the pace to get within three-quarters-of-a-length ofGodolphin’s Encke and take second spot in the final classic contest of the 2012 season, but his failure to land the Triple Crown meant he missed out on becoming the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to achieve the feat and at the same time lost his unbeaten record.

In the 10 days since his loss at Doncaster however it appears that despite a hard race Camelot has bounced back well at home at Ballydoyle, and there are growing signs that the son of Montjeu could be given the green light to tackle older horses for the first time and take his chance at Longchamp, having a crack at the likes of last year’s brilliant winner and this year’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes heroine Danedream (9/2), as well as Japanese Triple Crown winner Orfevre (9/2), along with other high-class performers such as Nathaniel (13/2) and Snow Fairy (8/1).

Camelot’s possible participation in the great French race adds a whole new dimension to the contest, being the outstanding three-year-old colt in Europe this season, although admittedly many judges feel that this year’s crop has generally come up a shade short of expectations. If things had gone differently in the St Leger, (and the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby winner had been given a more positive ride), there is every chance he would be heading to Longchamp with his record intact as there is little doubt that Camelot stayed well enough, coming some way clear of the third horse home, Michelangelo.

As long as that race hasn’t taken too much out of him it would be a tremendously sporting gesture on the part of his owners to let Camelot (6/1) go for glory at Longchamp, a race that O’Brien won for the one and only time when his Dylan Thomas powered to victory in the 2007 renewal. There’s no doubt that the Ballydoyle team would dearly love to get their hands on the winner’s trophy to make up for the disappointment of missing out on winning the Triple Crown, so make sure you keep up to date with the latest bet365 racing commentaries

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