Derby Preview (4.00 Epsom): Camelot at a canter

Camelot looked a potential superstar when winning the 2000 Guineas and the odds-on favourite simply cannot be opposed.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt is unbeaten in three starts, and showed a terrific turn of foot when coming from well off the pace to beat French Fifteen by a neck in the Newmarket classic.

It was a terrific effort under a fine hold-up ride from Joseph O’Brien, as the mile journey was arguably too short for him and he is bred to come into his own over today’s trip.

That’s very ominous for his 8 opponent’s, and the son of Montjeu really does look something out of the top drawer.

His form is rock solid and a find it impossible to find any reason to back against him this afternoon.

To me he has far too much class and gears than his rivals, and I expect him to win this in impressive fashion before hopefully going on to become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to win the Triple Crown.

Victory could also set up a possible clash with Frankel in the Eclipse, and that really would be a mouthwatering prospect.

So who is going to chase him home?

Well the bookies believe that Ian Balding’s Bonfire is the most likely after his victory in the Dante at York.

He did do the job well that day, travelling strongly and asserting close home to beat Ektihaam by 3/4 of a length, but I am not convinced he will get the 1m 4f journey.

I also have doubts about his temperament, as he is a buzzy horse who could well boil over in the build-up.

For those reasons he is not form me, and I feel that Main Sequence is far more interesting.

David Lanigan’s charge is unbeaten in four starts and put in a really taking performance when travelling strongly off the pace and quickening up to land the derby Trial at Lingfield last time out.

The turn of foot he showed was really impressive and he looks the type who has bags more to offer.

I don’t think he is as classy as Camelot, but I do expect him to run a huge race and he looks the each-way value at 10/1.

However, for me personally this is a race to savour rather than get involved in financially and I fully expect to see Camelot to provide O’Brien with his fourth English classic winner of the season.

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