Camelot closing in on Nijinsky’s record

CAMELOT’S demolition job in the English Derby on Saturday made it an immensely expensive afternoon’s racing for the bookies, especially as a lot of punters doubled him up with St Nicholas Abbey in the Coronation Cup and he was just as impressive.

CAMELOT’S demolition job in the English Derby on Saturday made it an immensely expensive afternoon’s racing for the bookies, especially as a lot of punters doubled him up with St Nicholas Abbey in the Coronation Cup and he was just as impressive.

There’s been a lot of talk about Camelot, who has now won the first two legs, attempting the Triple Crown in the St Leger at Doncaster in September in a bid to emulate the great Nijinsky, who was the last horse to do it in 1970.

That will be a great day for the sport, but what I am really looking forward to seeing is Aidan O’Brien’s new superstar taking on the older horses.

Racing was trying to get Australian mare Black Caviar to take on Frankel, but wouldn’t it be great if we could see Camelot take on Frankel instead? Now that really would be a horse race!

We produced match bet odds of 1-2 Frankel, 6-4 Camelot should the pair meet in the Juddmonte International at York, and judging how connections at Ballydoyle think Camelot is an absolute monster, there will no doubt be tons of interest in the latter should this joust come off.

Meanwhile my mammy’s horse Slade Power won a Listed race at Haydock and I am pleased to report trainer Eddie Lynam thinks he’ll be a hell of a horse for next year. Six furlongs seems to be his trip and he may go back to Haydock for the top-class Sprint Cup later in the year.

One horse that impressed me last week with his determination to win was Pat Martin’s Donatis Comet who kept on well under pressure to score by a neck from No Such Number at Clonmel and I think that he can win the Fairyhouse Summer Series Handicap on Wednesday evening.

This fellow won three bumpers last year but connections are giving jumping a swerve as he’s endured problems with his hind-leg.

My fancy has also had problems with the stalls and winning jockey Andrew Thornton deserved this success as he was lucky to escape serious injury when he became unruly in the gates at The Curragh earlier in the campaign.

But there were no problems at Clonmel and I think that the step up to 12f and a handicap rating of just 72 will be ideal.

Leopardstown hosts its Ascot Gold Cup trial, the Saval Beg Stakes, on Friday evening and despite trainer John Oxx warning that Saddler’s Rock will not be at his peak, I still think that he will win.

This horse indicated that he would be a serious contender for this year’s Royal Meeting when running away from Opinion Poll in last season’s Doncaster Cup.

The runner-up has franked the form in no uncertain terms since, including a win in the very valuable Dubai Gold Cup, and even if the selection is not cherry ripe on Friday, it will take a good stayer to deny him.

An alternative option to backing him this time is to have some of the current 6-1 about him with us for the Ascot Gold Cup.

It’s the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on Sunday which is held on an island in the St. Lawrence River and I’m taking Mark Webber to improve on his third in last year’s renewal and win at a current 15-2.

There are long straights which allow the drivers to produce high top speed and I think Webber’s car will be well suited to the track.

My fancy, currently joint second in this year’s rankings, will be on an absolute high after winning the Monaco event and he thoroughly deserved that success after a string of fourths in the first few events of the season.

Selections

Wednesday 8.50pm Fairyhouse Donatis Comet

Friday 7.35pm Leopardstown Saddler’s Rock

Sunday 7pm Mark Webber to win the Canadian Grand Prix