Derby favourite Camelot has improved since the 2000 Guineas

08:13 16 May 2012




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Derby favourite Camelot has improved for his victory in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, his trainer Aidan O’Brien revealed ahead of his bid to land the Epsom Classic for the third time.

O’Brien won back to back runnings of the Derby with Galileo in 2001 and High Chaparral in 2002 and believes that the manner of Camelot’s victory in the Guineas, where he was held up early and then forced to fight in the closing stages, will have benefitted the Montjeu colt.

“We think he learned a lot in the Guineas, he settled and ran through the gaps and had to fight,” O’Brien said. “Joseph (O’Brien – jockey) wanted to teach him a bit because we never had to ask him a lot at two, he won both his races very easily and hadn’t been off the bridle or shown the stick or anything like that.

“You don’t know about Epsom until you go there - you worry about everything including the day, the atmosphere and going to the start. He behaved beautifully at the Guineas and is very relaxed and calm but, as you would expect with a horse with that explosive burst of speed, he does have a lot of nervous energy in there.

“He kept on going when he was pulling up at Newmarket and I’ve not seen anything to suggest he wouldn’t get further.

“I don’t want to blow the horse up in any way but everyone can see he’s a very good looking and good actioned horse and those horses are often too good to be true. The Derby is one of those things I wouldn’t even dream about because I’d be afraid to.

“We haven’t won it in a number of years so we are very used to coming home every year very humbled. All these horses are bred and reared for Epsom and the Derby is the race that shapes the breed.

“The Investec Derby is the obvious race for Camelot and hopefully when the time comes he will be there in good shape. We are not going to do an awful lot between now and then, we will just let him go naturally.”

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