Al Kazeem Upsets Camelot in Tattersalls Gold Cup

Al Kazeem recorded his first Group 1 victory by upsetting Camelot in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at Curragh on Saturday.

Although Windsor Palace and Negotiate also took part in the race, the event was essentially a match race with Al Kazeem and Camelot racing away when the quartet entered the straight.

Al Kazeem matched Camelot when jockey Joseph O’Brien first made his move and was too strong in the final stages of the race, scoring by one and half lengths.

The victory was great reward for trainer Roger Charlton who stayed patient with Al Kazeem despite injury restricting him to only three race starts in the last two years.

Camelot, unbeaten after five starts, has now lost three of his last four races but will continue racing and is expected to press on the to the Prince of Wales’s Stakes as well as the Coral-Eclipse Stakes for a potential rematch with Al Kazeem.

Camelot (5/1) is on the third line of Coral-Eclipse Stakes betting followed by Al Kazeem (6/1).

In the other major race of the day Just The Judge lived up to her favoritism to record a hard-fought victory in the Irish 1000 Guineas.

The Lawman filly was too strong in the final stages of the race and recorded a one a half-length victory from Rehn’s Nest and Just Pretending with second favourite Big Break finishing fourth.

The win was the first Group 1 victory for trainer Charlie Hills who took over from his father Barry, who won the Irish 1000 Guineas on two occasions, less than two years ago.

The victory was also the first classic win for owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani whose growing stable has taken the racing world by storm since 2010.

The twenty-three-year-old now owns over 130 horses and his investment company QIPCO now the British Championship Series as well as some of the country’s biggest races.

Just The Judge is expected to take part in the Coronation Stakes during the Royal Ascot Festival on the 21st of June.

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