Thursday, 28 June 2012
: Unbeaten colt Camelot will bid for a third straight classic win to match the feat of Nijinsky in 1970 in Saturday's G1 Irish Derby at the Curragh.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained Camelot opened 2012 with a neck score in the G1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket followed by a five lengths romp in the Group 1 Derby at Epsom.
Nijinsky was the last three-year-old to complete this particular classic treble in 1970. Nijionsky then went on to win the St Leger to complete England's Triple Crown and the same goal may await Camelot.
"We are taking it one race at a time with Camelot and we are not committing him to anything other than the Irish Derby at the moment," O'Brien said.
"So far, everything is going well, and we'll try and keep dreaming."
O'Brien can also choose from Learn, Astrology, Daddy Long Legs, Father of Science and Imperial Monarch while John Oxx has three of the remaining runners, headed by Sea the Stars' half-brother Born to Sea, who was fourth over a mile in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19.
Akeed Mofeed, not seen since finishing second in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes at two, and multiple Group 3-placed Call to Battle are his other two.
Jim Bolger relies on Light Heavy, winner of the Group 2 Derrinstown Trial and Group 3 Ballysax, while Dermot Weld's progressive and lightly-raced Speaking Of Which completes an all-Irish field.
The Derby will be held in the evening for the first time this year.
Other highlights on the Curragh card are the Group 2 Railway Stakes at six furlongs and the Group 3 Sapphire Stakes at five furlongs.