Unable to provide Aidan O'Brien with his first victory in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe since Dylan Thomas in 2007, the move sees Camelot avoid a head-to-head battle in the breeding sheds with Frankel next year and provides the son of Montjeu with a season of rebuilding to re-enhance his reputation in the greatest middle-distance turf race in the world.
Similar races to those earmarked for St Nicholas Abbey in his four year old season, such as the Epsom Coronation Cup and King George VI & Queen Eizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July look early favourites to feature the appearance of Camelot. The weight-for-age scale within British racing also looks certain to allow Joseph O' Brien to reunite his partnership with Camelot for 2013 in its entireity.
After the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, Camelot was reported by Aidan O' Brien to have returned to the unsaddling enclosure missing three shoes.
The Breeders Cup Classic and Breeders Cup Turf look unlikely to feature Camelot who now looks certain to end his season with the seventh place finish in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe in a bid to allow the colt time to refresh.
~By Dan Munn