Kinane thinks Camelot can stay
Friday 14 September 2012
Mick Kinane believes Camelot will answer the stamina questions when he goes into the unknown trip-wise in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster tomorrow.
Aidan O'Brien's unbeaten 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby hero will be long odds-on as he aims to become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to complete the Classic treble on Town Moor.
Kinane rode countless Group One winners when stable jockey at Ballydoyle, including the Leger on Milan in 2001, while he rode the last horse to win the Guineas and Derby in Sea The Stars three years ago.
However, John Oxx's superstar did not line up at Doncaster, instead signing off his brilliant three-year-old campaign in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
"I haven't seen anything yet to suggest he will get beaten," said the now-retired Kinane, who was back in the Doncaster winner's enclosure this week when landing the 'Leger Legends' race on Wednesday.
"Obviously the trip is the question mark, but he looks like he'll stay and he has about 10lb in hand on the ratings over the other horses. The others would have to improve a lot and he would have to run well below his best for him not to win.
"It would be great for racing to see him do it. These days, winning over a mile and six (furlongs) is not the profile of a stallion, so you have to give credit to the connections as they have sacrificed other things to have a go at this."
Given Camelot is widely expected to make history, Kinane would love to see him tackle older horses later this year, perhaps at Longchamp.
"He looks the best horse in the Leger by some way, so hopefully he can do it and then have a go at something like the Arc," he said.