The countdown is now well and truly on to the final classic of the British Flat racing season, the Group 1 Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on September 15, a contest that could see Camelot acclaimed as the first Triple Crown winner since the brilliant Nijinsky way back in 1970, writes Elliot Slater.
The ante-post market for the world’s oldest classic race pretty much tells all the story, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained star offered at a top price of 4/9 in the latest horse racing odds, with the rest of the field 10/1 and upwards. In short, the general opinion seems to be that if the Ballydoyle colt stays, he wins.
It would be fantastic for the sport of horse racing to have a Triple Crown winner for the first time in more than four decades, especially in the season when the mighty Frankel has proven himself undoubtedly the best racehorse of the modern era and possibly of all-time.
Camelot certainly appears to tick all the right boxes, being unbeaten in his five career starts, having this season got up close home to win the Qipco 2000 Guineas from French Fifteen, before going on to an easy victory at Epsom four weeks later in the Investec Derby.
On pedigree, there are good reasons for believing that Camelot will stay, especially as the son of Montjeu tends to relax well in his races.
The likely strong gallop that will be employed by his rivals in a bid to expose any potential stamina flaws in the hot favourite should also ensure that Joseph O’Brien is able to get his charge switched off as early as possible.
John Gosden is likely to be mob-handed, as he attempts to plot the downfall of Camelot, his Irish Oaks winner, Great Heavens, Great Voltigeur Stakes winner, Thought Worthy, Bahrain Trophy winner, Shantaram, and the still unexposed Michelangelo, sure to make the St Leger a real test for the Irish star.