Camelot: was cut for the Guineas after Nephrite's defeat at the CurraghPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Camelot into even money for Guineas success
CAMELOT has been cut to even money with Ladbrokes for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas after Aidan O'Brien confirmed the colt was ‘working towards' the Newmarket Classic on May 5.
A best-priced 7-4 with bet365, Paddy Power and Coral, Camelot shortened on the backof stablemate Nephrite fluffing his lines at the Curragh on Sunday. The Loughbrown Stakes third has been pushed out to 16-1 (from 9) by Coral.
Spokesman David Stevens said: "We had seen some support for Nephrite for the 2,000 Guineas ahead of his reappearance, but although that gamble looks to have gone astray, the market strongly suggests Camelot will be heading to Newmarket, in which case he will start a red-hot favourite for the opening Classic of the season."
Camelot, the scintillating winner of the Racing Post Trophy last October, is also favourite for the Investec Derby. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said at the Curragh: "We are working towards the 2,000 Guineas with Camelot and Power. Maybe is our main one for the 1,000 Guineas at the moment."
O'Brien added on Camelot: "We are happy with him at the moment anyway."
Power, winner of the Group 1 Goffs National Stakes in testing ground last September, chased home Parish Hall in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes and is a 14-1 chance with Ladbrokes for the first Classic of the season while Maybe is generally available at 7-4 for the fillies' version.