Ascot bid to lure Camelot to King George VI on his way to Triple Crown

10:14 09 June 2012

Ascot. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA

Ascot. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA

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Ascot is attempting to lure Camelot to run in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes next month on his way to his way to a possible bid for the Triple Crown.

History was created when the Aidan O’Brien trained colt thumped a boutique field to win the Investec Derby at Epsom under jockey Joseph O’Brien who became the first father and son trainer/jockey combination to win the Derby.

Camelot’s victory followed his 2000 Guineas success and he may now attempt to become the first since Nijinsky in 1970 to land the Triple Crown of the Guineas, Derby and St Leger.

“This is the one everyone wants in racing and I could never of dreamed I would do it - it’s just unbelievable,” Camelot’s lead owner Derrick Smith said immediately after his five length win in the Derby last Saturday.

“To win the Derby is a dream come true. What a horse. To be able to travel so easily in the early part of the race and come on the outside three furlongs to go - you could see from the three pole it was all over.”

“I suppose it [St Leger] must be on the agenda. “We will sit down with Aidan and make the final decision.”

However Nick Smith, the Head of Communications & International Racing at Ascot, hopes that Smith and his co-owners will also consider running the son of Montjeu in the July 21 showpiece, where his is one of the 37 entries announced this week.

“We would hope that the King George will be seriously considered for Camelot,” Smith said. “Given the distance, there would appear to be some logic in taking in the Ascot race if the Triple Crown route is to be pursued, which we wholeheartedly hope will be the case.

“It would be fantastic to see Camelot take on the likes of the Champion Stakes winner Cirrus Des Aigles, Arc winner Danedream and last year’s King George winner, Nathaniel, and to be able to assess him against the best of the mile-and-a-half elder generation, and indeed the best three-year-old in Japan, their Derby winner, Deep Brillante.

“But with or without Camelot it looks sure to be a tremendous race and if he isn’t there, you’d imagine the impressive Coronation Cup winner, St Nicholas Abbey, will be.”

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