Camelot makes Mooresbridge return
Published 05/05/2013 | 18:16
Multiple Classic hero Camelot faces four opponents on his eagerly anticipated return to action in the High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh.
Aidan O'Brien's Montjeu colt, winner of last season's 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and both the English and Irish Derbys, was narrowly denied Triple Crown glory when beaten into second in the St Leger at Doncaster and signed off with a disappointing run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, after which he suffered from colic.
He makes his comeback over 10 furlongs at Group Three level and is joined by stable companion and likely pacesetter Triumphant.
O'Brien told Racing UK: "He's in good form, we're hoping the ground will be nice for him and we're looking forward to it. We're very happy with him and he's had a nice break.
"He obviously had a little setback at the back-end, but he's been in Coolmore all winter and came back in great shape and I've been delighted with him since.
"We'll take it one race at a time but if everything went well, the three races would be the Curragh on Monday, the Tattersalls (Gold Cup) and then the Prince Of Wales's Stakes (at Royal Ascot)."
Camelot's only serious opponent is the Jim Bolger-trained Parish Hall, who won the Group One Dewhurst Stakes as a juvenile and made a winning return from well over a year off in the Alleged Stakes over this course and distance.
The field is completed by Macbeth and Negotiate.