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Camelot powers to 2000 Guineas glory

ESPN staff
May 5, 2012
Joseph O'Brien drives Camelot to victory in the 2000 Guineas © PA Photos

Camelot lived up to his lofty reputation by coming through with a storming late run to land the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien had expressed concerns about the soft underfoot conditions, but his colt - sent off the 15/8 favourite - showed them to hold no terrors as he demonstrated tremendous courage to reel in French Fifteen late on.

It was a messy race, as the field split into three bunches shortly after the start. Trainer's son Joseph O'Brien elected to stay in the stands' side group and it eventually paid off, but it was far from straightforward.

Camelot travelled like a classy horse, but he was well off the pace with three furlongs to run. The likes of Fencing and Trumpet Major got first run, while Hermival skipped clear on the far side. O'Brien did not panic and Camelot made stealthy headway, although he had to switch to get a run.

Camelot, who came into the race having had only two career starts, had to show great courage to go between Casper Netscher and Trumpet Major.

He did that and then showed real class and guts to stick his neck out and wear down French Fifteen and in the end won a shade cosily.

Camelot's racing style suggests a step up in trip will suit and he is favourite for the Derby. Joseph O'Brien said. "I didn't get the best run through, I was a long way back but he was very relaxed and will be much better going a bit further."

O'Brien senior said: "It's like it always is. We will go home and the lads (owners) will talk about it and make a decision.

"We have lots to look forward to and we'll take it one race at a time

"You would imagine looking at him (that) the Derby would be a very suitable race for him."

Al Kazeem produced a fine staying display to land the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket. Ropger Charlton's charge was settled towards the rear by James Doyle in the early stages, but powered to the front heading towards the two-furlong pole and ran right away from his rivals despite drifting to his left.

Mayson continued his climb up the sprinting ladder with victroy in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket.

An impressive winner of the Abernant Stakes on his seasonal reappearance over six furlongs at this track, Richard Fahey's took the step down in trip in his stride.

Despite being parked on the outside in the Group Three contest, Mayson made ground with ease and powered away for an easy succecss.

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