Race of the Week 2017

Encke Upsets Camelot In Triple Crown Bid

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Godolphin's Encke got the best trip in the English St. Leger at Doncaster, denying the undefeated Camelot Triple Crown glory.


Encke, a son of Kingmambo, was ridden by Dubai World Cup-winning jockey Mickael Barzalona and trained by Mahmoud Al Zarooni.


Camelot, unbeaten in 5 starts, was vying to become the first English Triple Crown winner in 43 years. Trained by Aiden O'Brien for Coolmore, Camelot was ridden by O'Brien's son, Joseph O'Brien.


The pair ran into traffic trouble after a slow early pace kept the field closely bunched throughout the 1 3/4 mile race. Encke made a strong run in the final furlong to open up a 3-length lead on the field before O'Brien and Camelot could find racing room. Camelot powered away from the field but could not catch Encke in time, falling a length short of the Godolphin runner.


Stay tuned for more on the St. Leger from Across the Pond


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I'll listen to Aiden's comments over yours. Thanks anyway.
Blind switch, a rookie mistake
DRF article about the race should be a nice read
I just watched th replay and Joseph O'Brien made a bad judgment sticking inside of Enckel at the rail. Enckel had the perfect trip firing first. Mikael Barzalona showed his experience by having Encke where he needed to be. I also think the rail was the best position to be in. I really think it was jockey error and I do not buy the argument that Camelot could of run him down despite of what occurs during the race. Even the best horses in the world can lose by a bad trip. Handicapping 101.
SO many over the years have had the double and NEVER even considered the 1 mile 6 furlongs 127 yards
Admire the owners for respecting the tradition enough to make the effort
Bottom line. This is not an easy race to win even with the best ride or there would have been a winner since Nijinsky. The great Alleged won the Arc on two occasions and was defeated in this race. Big props to Camelot and connections for shooting at immortality with their wonderful colt.
You are certainly not alone. I wrote an article for Backstretch in 1987 called Course for Horses about ALL the major race tracks in Europe and have even visited a number of them in England Ireland...Stil these re DIFFERING OPINIONS, no RIGHT no WRONG just different. I keep abreast of Eruo racing by keeping touch with my Doncaster connection who works as a reprotere for the Racing Post, Colin Bagley, who is also a bookie on course in Northern England
I've followed Euro racing for at least 35 yrs, but yours is the informed, experienced opinion. I guess conceit has gotten you far in this world. But, not with me. Have a great, self- absorbed day.
NO one said RIGHT or Wrong here but I will wager the thousands and thousands of race viewing to youers ANY day of the week, HENCE an informed experienced opinion, nothing more nothing less
tow people see a paly in ANY sports situation abnd based upon theri experience view and OPINION, they see things differently....
Omniscient comment @ travel_vic, not CauseForConcern
You are obviously omniscient, so think whatever you want.
Jeremy Rose keeping his composure, when Afleet Alex went to his knees in the '05 Preakness, able to regain the horse's stride, which produced,,,,,,,,WINNER, WINNER, chicken dinner!!!!!!
Camelot had plenty of time to run down the lead horse if he was good enough, like it or not. Joseph did what he had to do if they were worried about the distance, save ground and keep the horse covered up. Camelot was not good enough. SNA would have run that horse down.
classics: Julioe Krone lsing on Forty Niner in the BC Classic, McCarron taking ALysheba WIDE around Crytoclearnce in the Bet Twice Belmont...Evn SHoe's screw up in the K Derby........Pat Day not pushing out aginst SUnday SIlence at the Preakness...the list is LONG.
Jockye account for al ot more than 5% when they misjudge the enitre unfolding of race, but then that is after the fact, and caoont be antiicpated when a wager is made.
I know rides that lose races, and rides that did not help the horse, but the horse still could have won if good enough. So many times Euros don't get clear until the last second and still win. Not a good ride but far from the worst
Double talk. Watch the race a few times. Camelot gets out in time to win if he has the acceleration. He does not.
And remember that the jockey only counts for 5%. If the jockey doesn't have the horse he won't win. Camelot was not good enough. He had plenty of time to collar the leader, and he didn't.

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