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Camelot - Joseph O Brien Wins The Derby Epsom 2 6 12

Camelot charges home under an elated Joseph O'Brien in Saturday's Derby

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (  

Magical Camelot storms to impressive Derby win

Report: Epsom, Saturday

Investec Derby (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo colts and fillies

AIDAN O'BRIEN continued his domination of the British Classics when Camelot surged clear of his rivals under the trainer's son Joseph to claim the Investec Derby and become a red-hot favourite for the St Leger.

The victory, which makes trainer and rider the first father-and-son combination to win the Derby, provided Camelot with his second Classic success after he landed the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket last month.

The result was never in doubt as he proved head and shoulders above his eight rivals in the smallest field since 1907.

The 8-13 winner came home five lengths clear of Main Sequence, a 9-1 chance, with the O'Brien-trained Astrology third at 13-2.

Joseph O'Brien said: "He didn't handle the track so he did well to win today. He's a very special horse and I'm fortunate to be on his back. I owe a big thanks to [owners] Mr and Mrs Magnier, Mr and Mrs Tabor and Mr and Mrs Smith and everyone involved around me."

Derrick Smith, in whose colours Camelot was winning, said: "This is the one everyone wants in racing and I could never of dreamed I would do it - it's just unbelievable.

"To win the Derby is a dream come true. What a horse. To be able to travel so easily in the early part of the race and come on the outside three furlongs to go - you could see from the three pole it was all over."

Astrology, ridden by Ryan Moore, set a decent gallop in front and led the field up the hill and around Tattenham Corner.

With the smaller-than-normal field, there was not the usual traffic problems sometimes associated with the Epsom Classic.

One notable moment came over two furlongs out, when Astrology had repelled the challenge of Thought Worthy and was five lengths clear of the field. Camelot, though, cruised into position and picked him off.

Aidan O'Brien and Joseph O'Brien - Epsom June 2012

Aidan O'Brien and Joseph O'Brien made Derby history on Saturday

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

In a matter of strides, Camelot, who clocked a quicker time over the same distance than his older stablemate St Nicholas Abbey in the Coronation Cup, powered clear to give O'Brien his third Derby triumph and his fourth British Classic of the season.

Camelot was also providing his sire Montjeu, who died this year, with his fourth Derby winner following Motivator (2005), Authorized (2007) and Pour Moi (2011).

No horse since Nijinsky in 1970 has completed the Triple Crown - the 2,000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger - but Camelot could attempt it.

Smith, whose has seen horses carry his colours to finish second in the last three Derbys, added: "I suppose it must be on the agenda, mustn’t it? We may get pressurised into it but John [Magnier], Michael [Tabor] and I will sit down with Aidan and make the final decision."

Aidan O'Brien, whose previous Derby wins came with Galileo and High Chaparral, said: "We have a lot of different options. We can go to the Irish Derby or miss the Irish Derby and give him a break.

"From day one Camelot has been exceptional so we have taken it race by race rather than been dictated by trip. He was very impressive in his two runs at two and we were over the moon with his first run of the year in the Guineas."

William Hill went 11-4 for the Arc and evens for the St Leger, although they soon went 1-2 for the Doncaster showpiece. Ladbrokes, who sponsor the St Leger, went shorter at 1-3.

Thought Worthy finished fourth, emulating his brother Lucarno who filled the same position in the 2007 Derby while second-favourite Bonfire failed to fire and came home in sixth.

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