There’s a big chance the best 3-year-old colt seen in this country and the one closest to it last season will be in action at Dundalk Stadium this Friday night.
Crack Irish trainer, Aidan O’Brien, is preparing Camelot for the big Breeders’ Cup meeting in America next month, and has still to decide if he’ll give the thoroughbred a race at Ascot on Saturday, or in the featured Carlingford Stakes at Dowdallshill the evening before.
Those with only a passing interest in horse racing will know that Camelot won last year’s 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and then added the Epsom Derby and a few weeks later.
After that he won Ireland’s premier Classic to his laurels, ploughing through the mud at The Curragh to justify odds-on favouritism.
He was primed for the St Leger at Doncaster, for which he was quoted odds-on. Had he succeeded that day he’d have become the first since the great Nijinsky to complete the Triple Crown. Perhaps showing the effects of a strenuous outing on Irish Derby day, Camelot, ridden, as always, by Joseph O’Brien, found one too good for him in Encke, running for Ballydoyle’s great rivals, Godolphin.
Camelot has been kept in training as a 4-year-old, and so far has shown himself to be back to his very best.
If he’s directed towards the ‘Hill on Friday night, there’s no reason for horse racing’s followers not to get along in huge numbers to see him run.
Yes, the race will be covered by ATR, the dedicated racing channel, but there is really nothing better than to be there to see a superstar in the flesh. Keep an eye on the entries.