Camelot goes back to Leopardstown basics

 

Those at Leopardstown this evening will be presented with the considerable bonus of being able to witness a public training spin by Camelot ahead of his date with history in the St Leger next month. The unbeaten 2,000 Guineas and Derby hero will work before racing, his trainer Aidan O'Brien having opted for a racecourse gallop with some stablemates, rather than the stresses of a race – the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York next week had been a possibility – as a key part of the colt's build-up to the oldest, longest and toughest Classic at Doncaster.

Camelot, who will attempt in the St Leger to become the first Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky in 1970, started his career at the Co Dublin track in July last year, when his reputation preceded him and he won his maiden, at odds of 1-3, by two easy lengths. Since then, the son of Montjeu has raced only at the highest level, winning the Racing Post Trophy and, most recently, the Irish Derby in June. "We are delighted to see him return here," said Leopardstown's manager, Pat Keogh. "We've watched him with great pride as he's become a great champion."

Johnny Murtagh will be absent from next week's Ebor meeting at York, having been ruled out on medical grounds. The Irishman suffered a facial injury at the Curragh on Sunday, but his hopes that he would recover in time for the four-day Knavesmire fixture were dashed yesterday morning after he saw his specialist at a Dublin hospital.

Murtagh was kicked by the two-year-old filly Lottie Dod after she unshipped him before the Phoenix Stakes, damaging a cheekbone. "It's been confirmed that I have a fracture to the bone under my eye, and a couple of cracks too," he said. "It's been recommended that I don't ride for three weeks from when it happened, so I'll be missing York."

At Deauville yesterday Saint Baudolino took a step toward the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with a clear-cut success in the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano. The Pivotal colt was dropping in class after his close third in last month's Grand Prix de Paris and produced an eyecatching change of gear in the closing stages to surge three lengths away from Prix Jean Prat winner Aesop's Fables, likewise trained by André Fabre for the Godolphin operation.

Saint Baudolino is now as short as 14-1 to give Fabre an eighth success in the Longchamp showpiece, for which Camelot is generally 5-2 favourite.

Turf account

Chris McGrath's Nap

Xpres Maite (5.45 Beverley) Not nearly as good as he was, but honest and a straightforward ride. Today's ground and distance will suit and now on a lifetime low mark.

Next best

Kittens (7.50 Chepstow) Has proved thoroughly consistent this term and has shaped as if today's 12 furlongs will suit well. Probably still progressing; she did not have the run of the race when a close third last time.

One to watch

To judge by some recent homework, Cayuga (Sir Michael Stoute) should not be missed when he starts his career in middle-distance handicaps.

Where the money's going

Ladbrokes offer 10-1 against the full-brothers Frankel (in the International) and Noble Mission (Great Voltigeur Stakes) both winning at York on Wednesday.

Suggested Topics
Arts and Entertainment
filmPoldark production team claims innocence of viewers' ab frenzy
Life and Style
Google marks the 81st anniversary of the Loch Ness Monster's most famous photograph
techIt's the 81st anniversary of THAT iconic photograph
News
Katie Hopkins makes a living out of courting controversy
people
News
General Election
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Office Administrator

£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Office Administrator is requ...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Executive - Commercial Vehicles - OTE £40,000

£12000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to expansion and growth of ...

Ashdown Group: Senior PHP Developer - Sheffield - £50,000

£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Senior PHP Developer position with a...

Recruitment Genius: Operations Leader - Plasma Processing

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Operations Leader is required to join a lea...

Day In a Page

Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders