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Camelot lands Aidan O’Brien his tenth win in the Irish Derby

Camelot: will attempt to become first Triple Crown winner for 42 years

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O'Brien 'pushing the boat out' in Triple Crown bid

AIDAN O'BRIEN on Monday said he had dreamed of having a horse good enough to challenge for the Triple Crown but warned he was "pushing the boat out in terms of distance" with Camelot's Ladbrokes St Leger bid.

After watching the unbeaten son of Montjeu, who will bid to become the first winner of the Triple Crown since Nijinsky in 1970, canter at a press morning at Ballydoyle, O'Brien raised his concerns about the 1m6½f St Leger trip.

He said: "The tension here is just about bearable at the moment but we are pushing the boat out with him in terms of distance."

O'Brien added: "I've always dreamed of having a horse to go for the Triple Crown but in fairness it was the lads [owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith] who made the call.

"He's not a horse whose weight normally fluctuates but he's probably heavier than he has been for his other races."

Despite Coolmore's recent policy in keeping their best three-year-olds in training as older horses, O'Brien stressed that no decision has been taken about Camelot racing at four. However, he said it would be "a dream come true" if he remains in training.

O'Brien added: "Personally, we want him to race on because that is what we do but I know he is unique and always there is a danger that something could happen to him.

"It could happen in a paddock but when you are training them, they are more at risk. It would be a dream come true if he was still around next year.

"Nothing has been discussed past the Leger and everyone is even afraid to talk to each other."

There were no significant absentees from the race at Monday's confirmation stage with ten rivals standing between Camelot and his place in the history books. 

Bookmakers seem convinced that the Triple Crown will be won, with the majority of firms going 1-3 about Camelot, although BetVictor and Blue Square offer 4-11.

O'Brien named Fame And Glory as his number one hope for the Gain Horse Feeds Irish St Leger, also on Saturday, while Cristoforo Colombo will fly the flag for the yard in the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien Stakes, registered as the National Stakes.

O'Brien's son Joseph, who will bid to make it six from six on Camelot in the St Leger, will then fly from Doncaster to the Curragh to partner Cristoforo Colombo.

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