Change in trip on cards for Camelot as O'Brien chases more big prizes
Published 11/12/2012 | 05:00
Aidan O'Brien is keen to aim Derby hero Camelot at the big races over 10 furlongs next season.
The dual Derby winner was yesterday named Horse of the Year at the 10th annual Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) awards at Leopardstown, where O'Brien outlined his intentions for 2013.
The Coolmore-owned three-year-old became the first son of sire Montjeu to win a mile Classic when powering up the hill at Newmarket to claim the 2,000 Guineas in May.
After following up his Epsom Derby success with victory in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh, the colt just came up short in the Doncaster St Leger as he sought to become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to capture the Triple Crown.
Success throughout the season was all the more special for the Camelot team as he was ridden by O'Brien's son, Joseph, with the exception of his final start in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Camelot (pictured) stays in training as a four-year-old and is set to be campaigned at around 10 furlongs, having made a full recovery from a bout of colic.
"He's good," O'Brien explained. "He had a colic as everyone knows but he's in great order now and back cantering. He's heavier now than he's ever been.
"We always felt his best trip was somewhere from a mile to a mile and a quarter, so he'll probably be campaigned that way.
"Hopefully he might start off at the Curragh in the Mooresbridge Stakes or one of those mile and a quarter races, then come to the Tattersalls (Gold Cup) and maybe have a look at (Royal) Ascot then."
Meanwhile, Ed Dunlop will see how Red Cadeaux copes with winter before deciding whether to prepare his globetrotter for another potentially lucrative trip.
However, Red Cadeaux has been used to warmer climes for the last nine weeks with visits to Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.
Dunlop fears the cold British weather will be a shock to Red Cadeaux's system when he returns home on Thursday.
"I'm a little concerned having been in the southern hemisphere for so long and he comes back to this weather," Dunlop said.
"It will be a bit of a culture shock for him. We will see how he copes with it. We've got a stable with heat lamps.
"He will be entered in the Sheema Classic and possibly the staying race, but the Sheema Classic looks the more likely.
"The horse just keeps improving, he enjoys his racing and keeps being competitive. He has to run in all the big races now."