St Leger preview: Triple Crown beckons for Camelot

Camelot is a top priced 1/2 with Stan James for the final classic of the season (3.40 Doncaster) as he bids to become the first horse in 42 years to land the Triple Crown and simply cannot be opposed.

The feat was last achieved by the legendary Nijinsky, and Aidan O’Brien’s unbeaten colt has proved himself a class act with wins in the English 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby.

On both the first two occasions he showed a devastating turn of foot, particularly at Epsom where he shot clear to impressively slam Main sequence by 5 lengths.

He then also showed battling qualities in bottomless ground which was all against him when landing the Irish equivalent, and he looks a horse that has everything in his armoury.

The only question is whether he will stay the 1m 6f journey.

His trainer said earlier in the week that “extreme distance can break hearts” and that the Triple Crown is the full test of the three-year-old.”

But I can’t see it being a problem and expect him to prove a cut above his rivals.

Indeed the O’Brien team deserve credit for going for the “ultimate test” and putting his unbeaten credentials on the line.

It has added tremendous spice to the contest, and it’s a pity that connections of Frankel were not so bold in their decision for his final race and took the easy option to go for the Champion Stakes rather than let him take his chance in the Arc or even the Breeders Cup.

So what is going to chase home Camelot?

The obvious one is Main Sequence, who although no match for him in the Derby, has been unlucky since and put in a good trial for this on his latest start when runner-up to Thought Worthy in the Great Voltigeur.

That race was run at a muddling pace and the winner stole it when kicking clear entering the straight, and in the circumstances Main Sequence did well to get within a neck of him at the line.

I think that David Lanigan’s charge will gain his revenge today, and he looks good for a place.

The other horse that I expect to run a big race is the ultra-progressive Ursa Major.

Tommy Carmody’s charge has won four of his six starts, and was impressive when landing the Group 2 Irish St Leger trial on his latest outing.

The one concern is the ground, but he stays well and if handling the quicker conditions could well sneak into the frame and reward each-way backers.

But for me this race is all about Camelot, and I will not be getting financially involved in a contest where we will hopefully see the son of Montjeu secure his name in the history books as one of the greats.

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