A great start to the new flat season for Ireland last weekend with Aidan O’Brien landing both English Guineas and I suppose the big story was Camelot’s victory in the colt’s race.
We took on Camelot and were best price in the morning and you’d have to say that we weren’t far wrong as he only just beat the well-backed French Fifteen by a neck, although to be fair he was staying on well at the end.
Afterwards there was talk of perhaps a Triple Crown challenge for the winner with possible tilts at both the English Derby and the English St Leger.
This route has become less fashionable in recent years as connections believe that a horse that wins the Leger may be viewed as not having the necessary speed influence but no one will be saying that about Camelot now he has won a Guineas.
Fair play to the Coolmore team if they do launch such a challenge and it would be great to see Camelot emulate the great Nijinsky who was the last horse to achieve this mighty feat for Vincent O’Brien in 1970.
Homecoming Queen’s success in Sunday’s 1,000 Guineas was less easy for punters to find as she went off at 25-1 and then went on to smash a high-class field by an amazing nine lengths.
O’Brien and his team knew they had a potential superstar in Camelot, but I’ve also been aware of this horse for a while as I found it quite interesting last year that despite the fact that she took eight attempts to break her maiden in a handicap off a mark of 72, she kept receiving Group entries.
Perhaps she was one of those horses that works well at home and then didn’t reproduce it on the track, but her wily trainer has clearly had a soft spot for her for some time and God, didn’t she come right on the right day!
I was going to tip up Akeed Mofeed for Sunday’s Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown but John Oxx has warned he has missed a bit of work and may not be as fit as he would like for the weekend.
So while Camelot will obviously be a hard nut to crack in the English Derby, I think it may be worth backing Akeed Mofeed for the Epsom classic at a current price of 11-1 and hoping that he puts in a good effort at Leopardstown.
I’ve always loved this fellow and still maintain conditions were against him when he got beaten by David Livingston at The Curragh last season.
My other fancy this week is Princess Highway who probably runs next Wednesday evening at Naas in the Blue Wind Stakes.
I think that it was a good maiden that she won at Leopardstown at the end of March and the thing that I especially liked was the way in which she quickened well off a truly run pace. She strikes me as having a fast ground action and Dermot Weld clearly likes her as she has a couple of Group 1 engagements including the Irish Oaks.
It’s always sad to see the last dose of Premiership action which occurs on Sunday and I’m taking Swansea to beat Liverpool at home at 11-5.
Although the Swans lost 2-0 to Manchester United on Sunday, they were far from disgraced and manager Brendan Rodgers said that he was proud of his players.
Liverpool will be demoralised after their FA Cup final reversal against Chelsea and although they did win their last away game against Norwich 3-0, a subsequent home defeat to Fulham doesn’t fill me with confidence and they’ve a long way to go to get back to the glory days.
Sunday 3pm Swansea to beat Liverpool
Wednesday 16th Naas 7pm Princess Highway
Saturday 2nd June Epsom 4pm Akeed Mofeed