O’Brien allays Camelot trip fears

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has moved to allay fears that Camelot will struggle to stay the extra distance for next month’s Investec Derby at Epsom, and is more concerned about nerves getting to the strong 5/6 favourite.

The Son of Montjeu won the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in fine style to make him one of the leading juveniles in Europe, and opened his three-year-old campaign with a last-to-first run in the season’s first Classic at Newmarket – the 2000 Guineas.

That was of course over a mile but O’Brien is not too fussed about the extra half mile in the ‘Blue Riband’ of the turf, although he is concerned about other things.

“Being by Montjeu, you would have to be optimistic that he will stay, but there are also serious Danehill and Kingmambo traits in Camelot, and he has always been a horse with tremendous speed,” O’Brien said.

“However, I have not seen anything to suggest that he will not stay the trip at Epsom, but we won’t find out until the day.

“Epsom is a unique atmosphere and can get to many horses and while Camelot is a calm individual and very relaxed, like so many with such an explosive burst of acceleration he has lots of nervous energy, so we have to be careful with him, and he won’t do too much more work before the big day.”

Sea The Stars completed the double three years ago and Camelot is strongly fancied to follow suit with Bonfire next best in the betting at 10/1, with Mandaean at 12/1, Noble Mission at 14/1 and Imperial Monarch and Parish Hall both at 16/1.

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