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Camelot

Camelot: O'Brien gives strongest hint Derby winner will run in the Arc

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Arc 'strongly' in mix for Camelot - Aidan O'Brien

AIDAN O'BRIEN has given his strongest hint yet that dual Derby winner Camelot will take his chance in Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The three time-Classic winner is as short as 3-1 for the world's richest turf race after leading fancies Danedream and Nathaniel were ruled out of the Longchamp contest on Tuesday.

O'Brien said that a final decision on his running plans will be made on Wednesday but the Montjeu colt was proving incredibly popular with punters who were looking for an alternative to ante-post favourite Orfevre despite not yet being confirmed as a definite runner.

O'Brien said: "The horses will do a bit in the morning and will then be scoped, blood tested and fully checked out. When that is done we will finalise plans.

"We're looking at the race very strongly for Camelot and St Nicholas Abbey and we would be really looking forward to it [running them] if it can happen."

"We've had the race in mind for St Nicholas Abbey for some time and Joseph will ride him."

With Nathaniel out of the race, his regular rider William Buick emerged as the 2-1 favourite with Star Sports to take the ride on Camelot should he line up in the Arc.

Regarding possible jockey bookings, O'Brien added: "We have a lot of options for Camelot if he runs. There is no shortage of world-class jockeys."

 
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