Investec Derby 2012


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Came up short in a Group Two and a Group Three following a winning debut as a juvenile but this well bred individual proved that he had developed over the winter when demolishing the opposition on testing ground in the Dee Stakes. That race lacked depth (runner-up runs in the opening handicap on the card) but he did all that was required of him and is no back number.


Impressive winner of a Salisbury maiden that has worked out well who looked unlucky not to win a French Group One on his second start when meeting trouble in running. Could be said to be closely matched with Camelot on a line through the winner of that race and has since won the Dante Stakes which has been the most relevant Derby trial in recent years. Played up before that contest which has raised a few eyebrows - although not those of his connections - and not conclusively certain to be suited by this longer trip on paper.


Made an immediate impression on his connections from the moment he arrived at Ballydoyle with reports of breathtaking homework and duly brushed the opposition aside on his racecourse bow. A stunning winner of the Racing Post Trophy, a race that has thrown up three of the last 10 Derby winners, he was visually less impressive when winning the QIPCO 2000 Guineas. However, he did well to pick up from off the pace on testing ground to win a shade cosily and is widely expected to have derived considerable benefit from that outing while he's bred to come into his own over this distance.


A son of his trainer's 2006 Derby hero Sir Percy, he has his work cut out on the level of form he's achieved thus far if he's to emulate his sire. Took four attempts to get off the mark but then took a big step forwards to win a traditionally decent conditions event that his handler tends to target with his best juveniles. Not disgraced on his return when six lengths behind Main Sequence when shaping as though a stiffer test would suit and he should get that here.

Main Sequence

Belied his 50-1 starting price on debut and has progressed with each subsequent outing, taking his winning run to four in the Lingfield Derby Trial last time. Landed two handicaps en route to that Group Three win which is a highly unusual path for a Derby winner to take but has gone about his work in good style (despite flashing his tail) and his trainer knows what it takes to go close in a Classic.


The most experienced in this field with nine starts under his belt already, sixth of which have come this calendar year which he kicked off at Meydan in January. Put himself in the frame for a tilt at this prize with a game display in the Chester Vase and connections believe that he'll be better suited by the quicker conditions that he'll encounter here. That may be so but he'll need to raise his game in order to trouble the main

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Made his debut over 10 furlongs in March but this 410,000 guineas yearling purchase is bred to come into his own over further and duly opened his account over a furlong further at Newbury. Failed to run his race in the Chester Vase next time where it's possible that neither the ground nor the track were to his liking. May be better suited by underfoot conditions here but has a vast amount to found in order to be competitive.

Rugged Cross

Caught the eye in a Newbury maiden in mid-summer last year and duly fulfilled that promise the following month at York. Proved that he had trained on over the winter with a close-up defeat behind Thought Worthy at Newmarket and is entitled to come on for the run. Promises to be suited by this step up in trip but will have to have made rapid strides in a short space of time if he's to claim the main prize.

Thought Worthy

October maiden winner who led his group home on his reappearance in testing ground at Sandown when playing second fiddle to Camelot's stablemate and Sunday's French Derby contender Imperial Monarch. Showed himself to be tactically versatile and in possession of a good attitude when winning at Newmarket in the style of a horse who'll be suited by this longer trip as befits a full brother to St Leger winner Lucarno and no surprise to see him go well.


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2nd June 2012

Camelot-Derby-Epsom_2775078.jpgCamelot: Won the Derby

Aidan O'Brien's Camelot was a brilliant winner of the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday.

The 8-13 favourite was held up in the early stages by the trainers's son Joseph, as stablemate Astrology took them along at a sensible gallop with Thought Worthy keeping him company.

For a moment in the straight it looked as though Astrology might've nicked it under Ryan Moore, but Camelot came with a withering late run to land the spoils.

He was five lengths ahead of the staying-on Main Sequence (9-1) at the line, with Astrology (13-2) a short head back in third.


The winning jockey said: "I was a bit worried as he didn't come down the hill at all. He didn't handle the track that well, so he did well to win.

"He's a very special horse and I'm just very fortunate to be on his back. I owe a big thanks to the owners and everyone in the yard."

Anne-Marie O'Brien, wife of the trainer and Joseph's mother, said: "I can't believe it, it's amazing.

"I met Lester Piggott last weekend and he said to tell Joseph not to be in any hurry (in the race).
"I'm really thrilled, it's incredible."

Triple bid?

Camelot could now bid to become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to land the Triple Crown with victory in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in September.

Part-owner Derrick Smith, seeing his colours carried to a first Epsom Derby win, said: "This is the one everyone wants in racing. To win the Epsom Derby is a dream come true.

"What a horse, what a ride. You could see from the three pole it was all over.

"It (the Triple Crown) must be (on the agenda), mustn't it, we might get pressurised into it, but we will talk with Aidan and make the right decision."

Coolmore supremo John Magnier said: "It (Camelot's brilliance) is there for everyone to see and we are fortunate to have anything to do with him, and it's particularly important in the year his father (Montjeu) died.

"We are going to have to take it race by race and give it lots of thought.

"Wouldn't anybody (be tempted by the Triple Crown)? These things get to mean more as you get older, if you had asked me 30 years ago I might have looked the other way, but we will have to see what Derrick (Smith) and Michael (Tabor) say about it."

16:00 Epsom Downs Investec Derby (Group 1)