Camelot: won 2012 Derby at Epsom by five lengths under Joseph O'BrienPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Camelot retired to stand at Coolmore next year
TRIPLE Classic winner Camelot has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore for next year's breeding season.
The four-year-old, who won last year's 2,000 Guineas, Derby and Irish Derby, was being trained by Aidan O'Brien for next month's Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita but was found to be lame on Monday morning.
Undefeated until thwarted by Encke in his bid to become the first horse since 1970 to win the Triple Crown in the St Leger at the end of his Classic campaign, Camelot survived a near-death experience after a major bout of colic.
The 2011 Racing Post Trophy winner amassed four Group 1 victories and just shy of £2 million prize-money in a ten-race career.
"From the very first time we saw him at the sales we just loved him," said O'Brien. "He was the perfect racehorse, a beautiful horse with a terrific action. Speed, class and a super-intelligent horse to go with it - he had it all.
"Unfortunately we never saw the same brilliance on the racecourse as we had done before his colic operation but he was showing signs of it at home in recent weeks so it's obviously disappointing that he won't get the opportunity to run again."
Camelot was victorious just once in three starts this year, when landing the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh on his seasonal reappearance. He then chased Al Kazeem home in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, before finishing fourth in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Coral-Eclipse, Juddmonte International, Irish Champion Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe were all missed by the son of Montjeu, while the Qipco Champion Stakes and a trip to America were also mooted.