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By Simon Jackson, London24’s horse racing correspondent
Thursday, May 3, 2012
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A degree of confusion continues to reign ahead of the 2000 Guineas, the first of the two Classic races set to be staged on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket this weekend.
Camelot, the unbeaten Racing Post Trophy winner, dominates the betting at 6-4 (Paddy Power), although his trainer Aidan O’Brien has yet to confirm his participation in the colts classic.
“It’s so far, so good.” O’Brien said. “Everything is going smooth so far but I’m afraid to commit him. If there’s any question then he won’t be there. If all those boxes are ticked he’ll run.”
The possibility of soft ground adds to the confusion and it may be worth siding with Born To Sea, a half-brother to Sea The Stars who won this in 2009 on his way to a remarkable campaign that included victories in the Derby and Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.
Born To Sea, best priced at 8-1, won his debut on soft ground at the Curragh, before suffering an injury at his next start when runner-up at Leopardstown.
“He tore a muscle at the top of his quarters,” said Oxx who guided Sea The Stars to six Group 1 wins in 2009.
“It must have happened at that start of the race. He pitched on to his nose when the stalls opened. As the race developed, he seemed to be climbing, he didn’t have the push from behind. He did well to run as well as he did.”