CAMELOT and St Nicholas Abbey gave owners Coolmore, trainer Aidan O’Brien with son Joseph in the saddle a spectacular day at Epsom, landing the first two middle distance races in the 2012 QIPCO British Champions Series in scintillating style.
Camelot maintained his unbeaten record by winning Britain’s richest Flat race, the Investec Derby, while St Nicholas Abbey took the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup.
This followed victory for the Coolmore filly Was, also trained by O’Brien, in yesterday’s Investec Oaks.
O’Brien has now won five of the eight QIPCO British Champions Series races run to date to establish a 90 point lead in the Trainer of the Series table with 120 points, while Joseph O’Brien has won three of the eight races to hold a 40 point lead in the Jockey of the Series table with 75 points.
O’Brien senior is on course for a British Classic clean sweep if he can win the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on September 15 - a likely target for Camelot if his owners decide to try to make him the first Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky in 1970.
l IT was a bank holiday bonaza with a bumper crowd at Towcester on family day on Monday with Kap West the banker on the card winning the biggest field of the afternoon, the 9-4 favourite won by 22 lengths.
The market spoke in his favour and he duly beat his field. He can score again on good to soft ground.
l DANADANA won with plenty in hand at Redcar on Monday for Luca Cumani.
Kieran Fallon said: “He is a very smart horse who travels well and I think he had a bit up his sleeve.”
The Newmarket trained horse is one to keep on the right side of this summer.
l THE eye-catcher this week is Stamford, yes Stamford - great name for a horse.
Third in a Maiden at Leicester on Tuesday, the 85-40 favourite was staying on over 6 furlongs and did not get a clear run inside the final furlong.
The Godolphin 2-year-old, who cost 200,000gns and is a half-brother to a few winners, looks a useful sort and one to put in the note pad.
Fame And Glory has been a subject of a gamble this week for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot this month from 2-1 to 7-4 with the leading bookmakers a big run is expected from the in form Aiden O’Brian camp on June 21.
At Newmarket on Saturday in the 4.35, Ihtifal is fancied after working well on the Limekilns this week and expected to go well for the boys in blue.
Wild Desert in the 5.10 at HQ will be dangerous to overlook in this (Class 4 ) Handicap. A small E/W on the 7-year-old is the advice.
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