O'Brien not ruling out Guineas for Camelot
CAMELOT'S devastating performance in the Racing Post Trophy on only his second start had spectators and bookmakers alike hailing him as racing's next superstar with the majority seemingly ready to hand him next year's Investec Derby crown already.
Ladbrokes, who had been keen to duck the unbeaten Montjeu colt in the build-up to Saturday's Group 1 race, were so taken by the performance that they immediately went 3-1 (from 8-1) about Camelot for the Derby, a quote that Bet365 and Blue Square later agreed with.
However, trainer Aidan O'Brien, who was winning the race for the sixth time, did not rule out sticking at a mile for a possible tilt at the Guineas with Camelot, for which Stan James immediately went 8-1 (from 33s) before later going 6-1 for the first Classic of the season.
Asked whether a crack at the 2,000 Guineas could be on the cards, O'Brien said: "He can probably do whatever you want but the lads will make the decision, you saw the speed and the pace he has. Whatever route he takes it will be very exciting."
The win sparked comparisons with Ballydoyle's last winner of the Racing Post Trophy, St Nicholas Abbey, who was equally impressive in the 2009 renewal and headed into the winter warm favourite for both the Guineas and Derby.
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However, after finishing sixth in the Guineas, St Nicholas Abbey was unseen on a racecourse until the following year, meaning those with ante-post Derby vouchers bearing his name were left out of pocket.
Charlie McCann, representing Victor Chandler - who cut Camelot to 4-1 (from 12s) for the Derby - believes Camelot will fulfil his potential in 2012.
He said: "St Nicholas Abbey won the corresponding race a couple of yearsago but didn't fulfil his Classic aspirations for Ballydoyle, but Camelot really does look the real deal and is sure to go into winter quarters as a short-priced favourite for Epsom."
Amid the controversy of Ruby Walsh'sfive-day whip ban at Aintree, Master Minded's King George aspirations were dealt a blow when he finished last of three behind Albertas Run in the Old Roan Chase.
VC now go 8-1 (from 9-2) about the two-time Champion Chase-winner succeeding at Kempton, while shortening last year's winner Long Run to 10-11 (from evens).