Camleot looked a potential superstar as a two-year-old and is taken to maintain his unbeaten record and provide Aidan O’Brien with his sixth win in the contest in the last 15 years.
The son of Montjeu scored easily on his debut at Leopardstown and lived up to reports of scintillating homework when landing the Group 1 Racing Post trophy on his only other start.
He travelled supremely well that day at the rear of the field before being switched right and showing instant acceleration to cruise clear and beat Zip Top by 2 1/4 lengths.
He had John Gosden’s highly regarded Fencing a further neck behind in third and has nothing to fear from that rival on the book.
What that form amounts to is questionable, but the manner of his victory could not be faulted and to me he looks the real deal.
We obviously don’t know if he has trained on, and no Racing Post Trophy winner has gone on to land this since High Top 40 years ago.
But reports I have had suggest that he has done really well over the winter, and there will be lots of long faces in the Ballydoyle camp if he is beaten.
At 15/8 he will be plenty short enough for many, but if he is as good as I think then those odds could look huge come 3.10.
So what’s going to chase him home?
Many pundits believe that the French have a strong hand in the shape of Abtaal and French Fifteen who finished first and second in the Prix Djebel last time out.
However it was a muddling trial which suggested to me that neither had the same potential as Camelot and I am happy to swerve them both.
bigger dangers in my book are John Oxx’s Born To Sea and Camelot’s ultra tough stable companion Power.
Born To Sea looked very smart when winning a listed contest on his debut and was found to be lame after being turned over at odds-on by Nephrite in a Group 3 contest at Leopardstown on his only other start.
He falls into the “could be anything” category, and his handlers runners always command the utmost respect at this level.
Power did nothing wrong as a two-year-old, winning the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and the National Stakes at the Curragh before a fast finishing second in the Dewhurst on his final outing.
He has the strongest form in the book, and at 10/1 looks a bit of each-way value if you want to take on the jolly.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 5pts win Camelot (15/8 Paddy Power – BOG)