Camelot wins the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster
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RACING POST TROPHY (Group 1)
Doncaster, Turf, 1600m
22 October 2011
The 51st renewal of the Racing Post Trophy (Gr1) lost a fascinating contender when Godolphin’s Encke (Kingmambo) was found to be lame Friday morning, but by the time Camelot (GB) (Montjeu) had passed the line all the focus was firmly on Ballydoyle’s new leading man.
Despite creating a striking impression at 1-3 on debut over a mile at Leopardstown, this was a real test of his merit against proven rivals off a subsequent lengthy absence. While the common sense view was that he had something to prove at cramped odds, the significant early gamble suggested that he ranks at the top of the pecking order of a talented crop of 2-year-olds at Rosegreen.
Ridden with maximum faith as stable companion St Nicholas Abbey (Ire) (Montjeu) had been in this contest two years ago, the Joseph O’Brien-piloted bay allowed his barnmate Learn (Ire) (Galileo) five lengths head start and was only asked to move closer as Kevin Manningtackled the pacesetter with Zip Top. In a matter of strides, Camelot was upon that rival, as Fencing (Street Cry) tried to make a fist of it out wide, but the winner was barely out of a canter in an impressive show of dominance throughout the closing stages.
“I thought I was on the best horse and he never really came off the bridle,” O’Brien said. “He’s very smart. He was a little bit keen in the first furlong, but he hadn’t been out for a while and was fresh. He traveled and did it all very easily.”
Aidan O’Brien revealed afterwards that Camelot had been hitting the bullseye on the Ballydoyle starometer. “The data we were getting from him at home was showing up as something out of the ordinary,” O’Brien told PA Sport. “Although you are only reading that stuff, he still had to come here today and prove it. He’s a super-quick thinker with a lovely temperament, and he’s a joy to have anything to do with. He can do probably whatever you want. The boys will make the decision, but you saw the speed.”
Zip Top’s trainer Jim Bolger added, “The winner is obviously a very smart horse. Our horse has run a good race, and I think he’s entitled to improve. I think he’ll find improvement into next year. I’d imagine he’ll be going to Dubai and next year will be up to the people at Darley.
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News