Camelot Returns To Racing With Comfortable Win
It wasn’t spectacular but Camelot made a winning return to racing with a comfortable victory in the Mooresbridge Stakes at Curragh that six months ago looked very unlikely.
The 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby winner suffered a nasty bout of colic during the winter and major surgery was required to save the son of Montjeu’s life.
Although he was nowhere near the form that saw him go within a length of winning the Triple Crown in 2012 trainer Aidan O’Brien was happy with Camelot’s performance.
“When a horse has major surgery like he had during the winter you never know if they are going to come back but he showed that he retains his speed and ability,” O’Brien said.
“We are delighted with that.”
O’Brien said Camelot was set to return to the highest level of racing later in the month at Curragh.
“Although he won over a mile and a half a couple of times last year we will keep him at a mile and a quarter and come back here for the Tattersalls Gold Cup,” O’Brien said.
“The plan is to go to the Prince of Wales but we will take it one step at a time.”
Camelot was one of European racing’s biggest stars in 2012 and won the 2000 Guineas as well as the Epsom and Irish Derbies.
He was an odds-on favourite to become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to win the Triple Crown but was upset by outsider Encke in the St Leger Stakes.
He was pressed on to the 2012 Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe but finished in seventh, more than twelve lengths behind winner Solemia.
Although O’Brien has stated that he is taking it one race at a time with Camelot there is speculation that he will run in the Coral Eclipse Stakes in July.
Camelot is currently on the second line of the 2013 Coral Eclipse Stakes betting market at odds of 4/1 behind 2013 2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach (2/1).
You can find the best odds for every Camelot race this campaign at Bet365.