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Camelot - Derby 2012

Camelot won the 2,000 Guineas, English Derby and Irish Derby in 2012

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Arc seventh Camelot to stay in training at four

AIDAN O'BRIEN has revealed that Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe seventh Camelot will likely stay in training next year, becoming the second Qipco 2,000 Guineas winner in as many years to race again at four.

The 2011 Guineas winner Frankel went on to further his reputation at four and O'Brien will be hoping the horse he has refers to as "without doubt" the best he has trained can do the same.

"He's done an awful ot for a three-year-old and he'll be something to look forward to next year," said O'Brien. "The lads are very sporting and they want their horses to compete.

"Hopefully if he has a good winter he'll be unbelievable next year. I've no doubt he's the best I've trained and everyone will see it next year.

"I always thought a mile and a quarter was his perfect distance but that he would get a mile and a half. Next year he could go a mile, a mile and a quarter and probably a mile and a half. He's a great traveller, he's determined and he quickens.

"Camelot has had a long, hard season and it was very bad ground. It was sporting of the lads to have a go. Joseph always said he wants better ground.

"I didn't think so before the race, but the Leger obviously left its mark. Today he just flattened out."

On the Arc 11th, O'Brien added: "St Nicholas Abbey will very possibly stay in training. He'll hopefully go to the Breeders' Cup.We've experimented a lot with him."

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