For all the talk about Frankel, many fans have quietly stood by and missed the excellence of the three-year-old Camelot. After scoring wins in the Epsom Derby and 2,000 Guineas, the bay colt with an interrupted stripe on his face will try to become the first English Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky did it in 1970. The St. Leger Stakes is the final race that he must win.
Camelot has raced only five times, but delivered powerful wins in each trip to the track. His connections are top flight. Trainer Aidan O’Brien is oft called the “Todd Pletcher of Europe” and has won countless important races throughout the world. Aidan’s son, Joseph O’Brien will pilot Camelot in the St. Leger Stakes. Many American fans might remember Joe as the kid who guided St. Nicholas Abbey to a win in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Above is a video of Camelot winning the Racing Post Trophy as a juvenile. He made a quick move up the rail and won with the utmost ease. Nothing has changed in his races since then. When Joseph O’Brien asks him to go, he explodes like few racehorses we have seen in recent history.
If Camelot is to be denied the English Triple Crown, it is probably going to be Thought Worthy that stops him. The fleet footed son of Dynaformer was last seen going gate to wire in the Group 2 Grand Voltigeur Stakes. Trainer John Gosden has won this race four times.
Other contenders for the St. Leger include Main Sequence, Michelangelo, Dartford, Imperial Monarch and Chamonix.