JUST four days after it was announced that Camelot would remain in training next year, the future of the Epsom Derby winner was thrust into doubt after he was rushed into surgery after suffering a bout of colic, WRITES RICHARD FORRISTAL.
The Ballydoyle colt -- seventh on his final start of 2012 in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe under Frankie Dettori -- won the 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby either side of his Epsom success.
His trainer Aidan O'Brien stated that "he's the best I've trained" in the aftermath of his Longchamp defeat and predicted that the horse would prove as much next year.
However, a Coolmore statement released last night revealed: "Camelot was admitted to Fethard Veterinary Hospital this evening and underwent exploratory colic surgery. Obviously, it's still early days, but a further bulletin will be released in the morning."
Serious incidents of the intestinal disorder can prove fatal for horses. While there was no suggestion that Camelot's life was in any immediate danger, the surgery required to treat the condition is inherently precarious.
If it turns out to be a mild case, there is no reason why Camelot couldn't make a full recovery and continue to race next year.