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Camelot to stay in training‏

Camelot to stay in training‏
 
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 

 

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Glad he is staying in training. Didn't think he would be a factor in the Arc as a top horse like Nijinsky was never the same after the St. Leger and lost his last two races the Arc and the champion stakes. Also Camelot had some problems with soft turf at the Irish Derby. While he won, I read he had problems with the footing in the Racing Post.
Three shoes? Wow that is a huge disadvantage considering the bottomless soft turf were running in. In addition, I heard from other sources that Frankie Dettori said Camelot felt tired and that the long season has taken its toll.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · @edgaroperia, I'll guarantee you that grueling 14-1/2f he'd ran at Doncaster 3 weeks before the Arc had an effect. Although Camelot was certainly not the only highly touted European horse in the Arc field that didn't fire on Sunday. But given the concerns that Aidan O'Brien expressed at whether or not Camelot would even stay out the St. Leger trip? They should've bypassed the St. Leger and taken Camelot to Longchamp for the Arc fresh as fiddle off of a short break from his win in the Irish Derby. JMO. · 1415 days ago
Glad to be reading this because I've kind of been suspecting that Coolmore might go ahead and retire Camelot at the end of his 3YO season with the fairly recent passing of his father, Montjeu. To try and replace those bloodlines as much as you can possibly replace a sire that was as great Montjeu was. Since he's coming back as a 4YO, I'd say it's quite possible we might see Camelot in Dubai this March for either the Dubai World Cup or Sheema Classic? And hopefully he'll make an appearance at next year's Breeders Cup before Coolmore retire him?
Yes. Frankie said they were in perfect position, but when he asked him to make a move, he just didn't have it.

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