European Star Camelot Likely Retired
Trainer Aidan O’Brien said on Saturday that last year’s 2,000 Guineas and Epsom Derby winner Camelot may be retired.
Camelot was narrowly denied a chance to claim the first English Triple Crown since Nijinsky in 1970 when he narrowly lost the St Leger to Encke. After a disappointing effort in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, he suffered a severe bout of colic and has not seemed like himself since, as demonstrated by a fourth-place effort in his most recent start at Royal Ascot.
While O’Brien told the Daily Mail he is considering a run at Sandown on July 6, he is hesitant to take too many risks with a horse who has significant stud value.
“The spark was never there after his run in the Irish Derby last year,” said O’Brien.
The son of Montjeu’s earnings fall just under $3 million for owners Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor. He is the reigning Irish Horse of the Year and European Champion Three-Year-Old Colt.
Read more at the Daily Mail