Camelot delights in racecourse work
Thursday 16 August 2012
Triple Crown aspirant Camelot enjoyed a gallop before racing at Leopardstown ahead of his date with destiny in next month's Ladbrokes St Leger.
The three-year-old has already landed the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Investec Derby at Epsom, and next month aims to become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to complete the Classic treble at Doncaster.
Last seen winning the Irish Derby at the Curragh in late June, the son of Montjeu has enjoyed a mid-season break, but his Leger preparations stepped up a gear at the Foxrock venue as he worked alongside stable companions Fame And Glory and Chamonix.
The trio circled the paddock a number of times before working over a mile and a half. Chamonix sent off in front, with Fame And Glory about a length and a half off him and Camelot a further three lengths back.
Chamonix (Dean Gallagher) was driven four furlongs out, with Fame And Glory (Seamie Heffernan) and Camelot going past approaching the straight. Camelot eased to the front a furlong out and soon went nicely clear under Joseph O'Brien, having worked with older horses for the first time.
O'Brien senior said: "They went a nice solid bit of work, it was an even building pace. You'd have to be very happy with him (Camelot).
"He's done very well physically, he's made like a miler and you can see that he has a bit of a tummy on him. It's a long time from the Curragh to Doncaster so he needed to go somewhere and it was easier to come here than to go to somewhere like York (Great Voltigeur).
"Fame And Glory is going for the Irish Leger."