Sunday 24 September 2017

Camelot the leading light for O'Brien in Doncaster bid

Marcus Armytage

Camelot, the 16/1 favourite for the 2012 Epsom Derby on the strength of an impressive victory in a Leopardstown maiden, heads Aidan O'Brien's quartet of entries in Saturday's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

O'Brien also has Royal Lodge winner Daddy Long Legs in the mile Group One as well as Tibet, another maiden winner on his only start, and Learn.

Camelot has not been out since Joseph O'Brien rode him to a clearly anticipated two-length victory in July, but the son of Montjeu owes his position in the Derby market more to a lack of any other outstanding candidates than anything he has done.

There are nine possible runners including Encke, a Newmarket maiden winner at the start of the month, which was supplemented by Godolphin. Camelot has been installed as 9/4 market leader at Doncaster.

Richard Hannon is not to be represented in the major two-year-old contest, which is unusual for him. But having managed without Arab patronage in his career, this year's champion trainer elect is to be sent six yearlings by Hamdan Al Maktoum.

"The boss asked me to approach Richard about having horses with him in 2012 and Peter and Ross Doyle have been buying for us recently," said Angus Gold, racing manager for Sheikh Hamdan.

Meanwhile, Mouse Morris is far from despondent after seeing his star performer First Lieutenant suffer an odds-on reverse at Cork on Sunday. The six-year-old was a dual Grade One winner during his novice hurdling campaign and made a fine start to his career over fences when scoring at Tipperary.

But he failed to follow up at the weekend, going down by a nose to De Valira in a thrilling finish.

"There's not a bother on him this morning and it's obviously disappointing to get beaten, but I'm not at all disappointed in the horse," Morris said. "Things just weren't right for him from start to finish. But it's all experience for him." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Racing Post Trophy, Coral bet: 9/4 Camelot; 7/2 Daddy Long Legs, Fencing; 6/1 Encke; 10/1 Farraaj; 12/1 Learn, Zip Top; 16/1 Talwar; 20/1 Tibet.

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