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Camelot facing big stamina test

Sat, 15 September 2012

Aidan O'Brien admits Camelot will be going into the unknown trip-wise in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster today.

The son of Montjeu had the speed to win the 2000 Guineas over a mile, but had no problem with a mile and a half when stepped up for the Epsom and Irish Derbys.

His trainer said: "We (O'Brien and his wife Annemarie) breed horses - you don't look for just speed any more, it is class you look for (in stallions). They have to have speed, stamina and courage - they are the three most important things when you are breeding horses. The Leger will expose the last two."

He added: "To be going for the Triple Crown is something I could never dream of happening. Extreme distance can break hearts. The Triple Crown is the full test of the three-year-old."

Making the day even more special is the fact that O'Brien's son Joseph, still only a 19-year-old, will ride.

The Ballydoyle handler said: "Joseph knows Camelot better than anybody and he will go out there and do his own thing. It will be an interesting day. I would imagine they would go a good even gallop in the Leger, but everyone has to do what they think suits their own horses.

"The old adage was class outs, but I don't know - this is a big test."

O'Brien junior said: "He is a jockey's dream to ride as everything comes naturally to him. You let him come alive in your hands and he is actually very easy to ride. He is just unbelievable and is not like any other horse I have ever ridden.

"I have been riding since ever I can remember. Galileo was one of the first big horses I can remember.

"The Triple Crown would be a dream come true. I have seen the videos of Nijinsky and Lester Piggott and if Camelot could emulate that it would be unbelievable."