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Camelot undergoes exploratory surgery after attack of colic

Dual Classic winner Camelot undergoes exploratory surgery after attack of colic

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UPDATED:

20:38 GMT, 11 October 2012

Derby and Guineas winner Camelot, who was seventh in last Sunday’s Arc, has undergone an operation after an attack of colic.

Invasive surgery can be a last option for the potentially fatal abdominal condition but the belief is that Camelot’s life was not in immediate danger.

Last time out: Camelot finished 7th in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe

Last time out: Camelot finished 7th in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe

The son of Montjeu was taken the short distance from trainer Aidan O’Brien’s Co Tipperary stable to the Fethard Veterinary hospital.

Owners the Coolmore Stud, via Twitter, said: ‘Triple Classic winner Camelot was admitted to Fethard Veterinary Hospital this evening and underwent exploratory colic surgery. Obviously, it’s still very early days but a further bulletin will be issued in the morning.’

Operation: Camelot has received attention for colic

Operation: Camelot has received attention for colic

Colic is a major cause of early death in horses and can be caused by a gastrointestinal blockage or a displacement of the bowel.

Camelot has won the 2,000 Guineas and both English and Irish Derbys this year but lost his unbeaten record in the St Leger last month.

After his Arc defeat, O’Brien said he would race on next year but that might be in jeopardy even if he emerges successfully from the surgery.

Racing: Solemia wins Prix de l"Arc de Triomphe

Camelot misses out as Solemia beats favourite Orfevre in thrilling Arc finish

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UPDATED:

15:06 GMT, 7 October 2012

Solemia denied Japan a first victory in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as the filly got up in the last strides to beat Orfevre in a thrilling renewal at Longchamp.

Camelot, Aidan O'Brien's 2000 Guineas and dual Derby winner, was given every chance by Frankie Dettori and briefly threatened but emptied out close home.

Everything appeared to have gone to plan for Orfevre, who carried the weight of a nation's hopes.

Thrilling finale: Olivier Peslier steers Solemia (R) past pre-race favourite Orfevre (L) to win the Qatar Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp

Thrilling finale: Olivier Peslier steers Solemia (R) past pre-race favourite Orfevre (L) to win the Qatar Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp

Edged out: Olivier Peslier and Solemia (R) catch Orfevre and Christophe Soumillon (L)

Edged out: Olivier Peslier and Solemia (R) catch Orfevre and Christophe Soumillon (L)

Christophe Soumillon dropped the Far East challenger right out at the back, but he came cruising through in the straight and went at least two lengths clear of Solemia, even trading at 1-100 at one stage on the betting exchanges.

However, Carlos Laffon-Parias' four-year-old showed incredible guts under Olivier Peslier to give the rider his fourth win in the race. Masterstroke was third.

Neck and neck: Solemia makes up the ground on Orfevre to celebrate victory

Neck and neck: Solemia makes up the ground on Orfevre to celebrate victory

Solemia was last seen finishing third behind Shareta in the Prix Vermeille but that one never showed up at all in the testing ground.

Orfevre had broken from stall 18 and made up a tremendous amount of ground but became yet another agonising defeat for Japanese racing after El Condor Pasa, Deep Impact and Nakayama Festa.

Hat's something special: Female punters at Longchamp racecourse show off their costumes

Hat's something special: Female punters at Longchamp racecourse show off their costumes

Stunning setting: Racegoers enjoy the day at Longchamp racecourse in Paris

Stunning setting: Racegoers enjoy the day at Longchamp racecourse in Paris

Camelot fails to win St Leger and Triple Crown

Camelot denied historic Triple Crown as 25/1 outsider Encke wins St Leger

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UPDATED:

14:59 GMT, 15 September 2012

Camelot failed in his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky in 1970 as Encke claimed the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.

Camelot, trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Joseph O'Brien, raced towards the rear through the early stages but made smooth progress at the half-mile pole.

All seemed to be going well as he was eased out to make his challenge two furlongs from home but Mickael Barzalona appeared to steal a slight march on Mahmood Al Zarooni's 25-1 chance Encke, who went clear.

Denied: Camelot, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, failed to win the St Leger

Denied: Camelot, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, failed to win the St Leger

Camelot (2-5 favourite) gave chase but never looked like he would quite get there, finishing three-quarters of a length in arrears.

Joseph O"Brien holds his nerve as Camelot chases historic Triple Crown in St Ledger

O'Brien holds his nerve as Camelot chases historic Triple Crown in St Ledger

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UPDATED:

17:35 GMT, 14 September 2012

He is the boy who took on a man's job, defying the old adage in spectacular fashion, and who now stands on the verge of history.

Jockey Joseph O'Brien appears devoid
of nerves ahead riding 2-5 favourite Camelot against eight opponents in
Saturday's Ladbrokes St Leger.

That's the advantage of having 19-years-old's perspective, untainted by the creeping fear of failure.

Favourite: Camelot ridden by jockey Joseph O'Brien

Favourite: Camelot ridden by jockey Joseph O'Brien

Securing the Triple Crown would ensure O'Brien's name is as entwined with his mount as that of legendary Lester Piggott is with Nijinsky, the last horse to achieve the feat 42 years ago.

Success would also make O'Brien the youngest winner of the world's oldest Classic since 18-year-old Samuel Day was successful on Mango in 1837 and offer further vindication of his father, trainer Aidan O'Brien, to make him the No 1 jockey at his Ballydoyle stable.

The wisdom handing the massive responsibility to the youngster was questioned. This job of riding for Europe's biggest stable and its Coolmore Sud backers has chewed up and spat out top riders like Jamie Spencer, Mick Kinane and Johnny Murtagh.

But while there have been minor setbacks, Joseph has landed a remarkable 10 group one races since last year's Leger meeting.

Kinane, who landed 2001 Leger for O'Brien on Milan, said: 'It's probably a bit easier because Aidan is his father and they have formed a good team. He has had support which some of us wouldn't have had at certain times when things started to go wrong and you are left a bit isolated.

'It's a good family environment which is important but he seems to have a good racing brain tactically. He knows it's a pressure cooker job and he's handles it well.' There was never much doubt O'Brien, who attended Rockwell College near Cashel in Co Tipperary, would be a jockey.

He said: 'Dad always said never let school interfere with my education. I passed my exams but I never liked school. When I was in there all I ever wanted to do was ride on the gallops.

'I played a bit of hurling, soccer and rugby but I didn't last long playing rugby. I was on the wing but I was thrown about a bit.

'I've been around horses since I can remember. I was quite young when we came to Ballydoyle but remember Galileo. Istabraq was a great horse but Camelot is up with the best of them. 'I've seen all the videos of Nijinsky and Lester Piggott but if Camelot could emulate him it would be unbelievable. 'There no such thing as a certainty in racing but Camelot has the form going into the race. He is a Guineas and Derby winner.

'He'll be hard to beat but over a mile and six, you never know until you go and do it. It's that extra two furlongs. It does not sound much but it is a long, long way and a lot further than he's run before.'

The ticking time bomb behind Joseph's career is physiological.

Can a wafer-thin six-footer remain a Flat jockey long-term despite a strict regime meaning he is currently winning this battle.

He added: 'I can do 8st 12lb if I really have to but I try keep it at 9st. If you try to kill yourself all year, you are not going to last. You'd fry your own head if you were in the sauna every day of the week.

'I would like to ride over jumps but it's very tough when you see the likes of Ruby (Walsh) and AP (McCoy) and the injuries they have. They are the best ever but it is a long way down the road.

'Adrenaline kicks ins. You never feel tired in a race no matter how bad you feel before when you are wasting but when you get to ride a horse like Camelot it is all worth it.

'He's a jockeys dream. It comes very naturally to him. He comes alive in your hands. He's not like any other horse I have ridden – he is very special'

Camelot to face just six rivals at Irish Derby

Camelot ready for big night with just six horses in his way of Irish Derby glory

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UPDATED:

21:43 GMT, 28 June 2012

Camelot will face just six rivals when he seeks to make history in the Irish Derby on Saturday night (7.40pm) — and two of those are his stablemates.

The unbeaten 2,000 Guineas and Derby hero will bid to become the 16th horse to land the Epsom and Irish Derby double at The Curragh and the bookies make him 1-4 favourite.

Camelot, who will be ridden again by trainer’s son Joseph, will be joined by his Ballydoyle colleagues Imperial Monarch, the second favourite, and Astrology, who was third at Epsom before disappointing at Royal Ascot.

Going for glory: Camelot will face just six horses at the Irish Derby

Going for glory: Camelot will face just six horses at the Irish Derby

John Oxx saddles Born To Sea (Johnny Murtagh) and Akeed Mofeed (William Buick) with Jim Bolger’s Light Heavy and Dermot Weld-trained Speaking Of Which completing the field.

Meanwhile, Adam Kirby has been banned for 21 days after breaking the whip rules at Royal Ascot.

Kirby was found to have used the stick above the permitted level when winning on Reckless Abandon and was suspended from July 6-27.

Summer of sport set to be exciting – Edge of the Box

Just when should we get excited about the summer of sport

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UPDATED:

21:46 GMT, 3 June 2012

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it quite difficult not to peak too early. I mean to say, at what point am I meant to get REALLY excited about this summer’s events Should I have gone for it on the Jubilee Will that leave me enough for Euro 2012 Or do I hold some back for The Olympics Oh, and there’s the Test matches!

Or perhaps I just have a nice long lie down and wait for the start of the new football season

As I say, this weekend hasn’t helped. In fact, it hasn’t even finished! And on Saturday morning, there I was, tangled up in bunting and caught up in the emotional goings on at Epsom. Not so much with Her Majesty’s celebrations, but more with whether Clare Balding would explode with tension as the family horse Bonfire ran in the Derby.

Stunning summer: Camelot won the Derby at Epsom on Jubilee Weekend

Stunning summer: Camelot won the Derby at Epsom on Jubilee Weekend

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Given the circumstances, the horse whose name you might well associate with the blowing up Parliament losing out to the fabled Kingdom of Camelot was probably the right result.

1-0 to the Englerland was also the right result from Wembley, as we swapped from BBC to ITV, and from three-year-old colts to Three Lions on shirts. The game gave us a chance to cheer the team off on their quest in Europe, and also to get a glimpse of the newly installed experiment of Hawkeye goal line technology. And before the game kicked off we were given a glimpse of the camera, so far from the goal, it appeared to have been mounted on the Hubble space station.

We also heard at half time from David Beckham – judging by the extraordinary new face furniture, entering into the spirit of the weekend by coming as the French Envoy to the Court of Elizabeth l – and it felt as odds on as Camelot that he would also figure in much of the rest of ITV’s coverage for the evening, as sport remained very much on the entertainment agenda.

Strangely enough, the genuinely funny, deadly accurate impressionist Alistair McGowan didn’t break out his celebrated Becks for the first episode of his new ITV series, You Cannot Be Serious. In fact, you might sniffily argue that the best impression he did in his new half hour topical sports show was of Harry Hill, because much of this looked and felt like the now sadly departed ITV staple, TV Burp.

This, though, was no coincidence because it was made by the same company – one of the sharpest on the block, too, Avalon – and executive produced by Hill himself. So in this case, imitation deliberately set out to be the sincerest form of flattery.

Welcome return: Impressionist Alistair McGowan is back on our screens

Welcome return: Impressionist Alistair McGowan is back on our screens

Because it relies on still warm material – Frank Lampard’s Euro withdrawal was referenced, for example – McGowan steered the ship from a desk, and flitted between neat one-liners (‘Better check. Ah, Petr Cech!’), You Tube clips, running gags, guest appearances (Carl Froch and Duncan Goodhew in the house) and of course, razor sharp impressions –both from where he was sat, and in more elaborate pre-recorded sequences.
Now you may ask why and how David Mitchell and Jedward can justify making an appearance on a topical sports impressions show And of course the simple answer to that is, well he does them really well.

However, it’s also likely that it’s because this is prime time ITV, and you’ve got to get all the family involved – which is not necessarily something the keenly honed Colin Murray or Brendan Foster are going to do.

It will be interesting to see, accordingly, how the show fares in this slot, and also just how much fun he can have with his rather epic Roy Hodgson impression over the next few weeks!

If you were having Beckham withdrawal symptoms during that show, it wasn’t long before the commercial channel provided you with a fix – with a show about commercials. Although this may be a lot like them having their cake and eating it (after all, we do stop looking at adverts so that we can watch some adverts), The Greatest Footie Ads Ever did provide some proper entertainment, albeit of the feather-light variety.

Star: David Beckham was a regular feature on our TV screens on Saturday

Star: David Beckham was a regular feature on our TV screens on Saturday

The fact is, lots of money, talent and creativity is thrown at commercials, and football seems to be a particular beneficiary of that. Soccer sells. And with the sheer range of ads that have tapped into the game across the decades, if there was a dull moment, it was gone in 30 seconds.

Paddy McGuiness was the ideal ‘bloke’ to host such a show – filmed inside his ‘pad’ – even though he was often man marked by a pretty journeyman script (‘they’re the best ads on the box – as impressive as Wayne Rooney’s hair transplant’), but with the players he had around him, he was always on to a winner.

There was some great vintage stuff with George Best, Bobby Moore and Brian Clough ( ‘jogging down to his East Midlands Electricity Shop’), those often, slightly bewildering foreign imports, lots of Beckham (naturally) and an Umbro ad so rude, I can’t even begin to describe it.

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Wednesday on BBC 4 and a host of top turns told us ‘How to be England Manager’. Main conclusion: ‘thick skin’, although Al Murray added ‘look into your pension and severance arrangement’.

Channel 5’s Mega Builders on Friday told the inside story of the construction of the Olympic Aquatic Centre, with chief steel erector Paul Frampton setting about the 3-crane lift anchor truss T9 with his pocket tape measure.

Camelot romps home to win Derby in front of the Queen at Epsom

Derby favourite Camelot romps home to give father-and-son team a famous victory

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UPDATED:

15:47 GMT, 2 June 2012

Hot favourite Camelot kept his unbeaten record intact with a superb victory in the Investec Derby at Epsom.

Aidan O'Brien's 2000 Guineas hero was sent off the 8-13 favourite to complete the Classic double, and the trainer's son, Joseph, 19, was happy to sit towards the rear for much of the mile-and-a-half journey.

Magic moment: Joseph O'Brien celebrates on Camelot after winning the Investec Derby

Magic moment: Joseph O'Brien celebrates on Camelot after winning the Investec Derby

He began to make headway on the outside
of the field rounding the home turn, but for a moment it appeared his
stablemate Astrology had stolen a march on his rivals.

However, Camelot mowed him down heading towards the final furlong and finished strongly to secure a five-length success.

All in hand: O'Brien and Camelot romp to victory

All in hand: O'Brien and Camelot romp to victory

The David Lanigan-trained Main Sequence narrowly denied O'Brien a one-two, getting up on the line to edge out Astrology.

Camelot
rounded off his juvenile year with a mesmerising performance in the
Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, and came from a long way back to make a
winning return to action in the season's first Classic at Newmarket
last month.

Romping home: Camelot leads the field

Romping home: Camelot leads the field

O'Brien junior showed nerves of steel
to hold on to his mount for so long, timing his run to perfection to
secure his first Derby triumph.

It was a third win in the Epsom
Classic for the Ballydoyle trainer and his first since High Chaparral
took Flat racing's greatest prize a decade ago.

Day at the races: The Queen looked marvellous in royal blue

Day at the races: The Queen looked marvellous in royal blue

O'Brien has now saddled the winner of all four Classics run in Britain this season.

There did not appear to be too many hard-luck stories in behind, with leading fancy Bonfire seemingly failing to get home.

High hopes: Prince Phillip and Prince Andrew observe proceedings at Ascot

High hopes: Prince Phillip and Prince Andrew observe proceedings at Ascot

The
winning jockey said: 'I was a bit worried as he didn't come down the
hill at all. He didn't handle the track that well, so he did well to
win.

'He's a very
special horse and I'm just very fortunate to be on his back. I owe a big
thanks to the owners and everyone in the yard.'

Mixed emotions: Punters react at Ascot

Mixed emotions: Punters react at Ascot

Anne-Marie O'Brien, wife of the
trainer and Joseph's mother, said: 'I can't believe it, it's amazing. I
met Lester Piggott last weekend and he said to tell Joseph not to be in
any hurry (in the race).

'I'm really thrilled, it's incredible.'

Aidan O"Brien and Joseph O"Brien to make history with Investec Derby favourite Camelot

Come on, my son: O'Briens set for family history in Epsom Derby with Camelot

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UPDATED:

21:34 GMT, 1 June 2012

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations are launched at Epsom and Camelot, a horse fit for a Queen, should deliver a fittingly historic outcome.

Since Diomed landed the first Derby in 1780, no father-son team has combined to win the most prestigious prize in Flat racing.

But in Camelot, trained by Aidan O'Brien in Co Tipperary and ridden by his 19-year-old jockey son Joseph, there has never been a better chance.

Warm order: After Guineas glory, Camelot will face a Derby field lacking in depth

Warm order: After Guineas glory, Camelot will face a Derby field lacking in depth

Unbeaten in his three starts, Camelot, one of nine runners in the smallest field for 105 years, could start the shortest priced Derby favourite since Tudor Minstrel was beaten at 4-7 in 1947.

That day, great miler Tudor Minstrel ran out of petrol at Tattenham Corner.

That will not happen with Camelot. His sire, the late Montjeu, remains a massive influence for the stamina essential for this Investec-sponsored mile-and-a half test.

BIG RACE FORECASTS

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1 Astrology

2 Camelot

3 Bonfire

CAPTAIN HEATH

1 Camelot

2 Bonfire

3 Astrology

FORMCAST

1 Camelot

2 Bonfire

3 Astrology

GIMCRACK

1 Camelot

2 Astrology

3 Bonfire

When Camelot flew from the back of the field to win the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, he was the first of Monjeu's offspring to win a mile Group One race as a three-year-old.

Recent Derby history, however, is littered with his winning sons: Motivator (2005), Authorized (2007) and Pour Moi last year.

Aidan O'Brien viewed running at Newmarket as a risk, especially with son Joseph, the six-foot, pencil-slim teenager who has evolved into his No 1 jockey this season, intent on educating Camelot.

O'Brien said: 'I was worried about the Guineas. It didn't seem the right thing to do. You have a horse bred to stay a lot further and Joseph rode him like a six-furlong horse. He wanted to teach him a lot and we think he learned. He settled, came through horses, ran though gaps and had a fight.'

The weights and measure men justifiably argue that Camelot's performances, which also include a win in last season's Racing Post Trophy, do not justify his very short odds.

They have a point.

Camelot beat French Fifteen by only a neck in the 2,000 Guineas and that opponent was less than two lengths in front of Derby second favourite Bonfire when they clashed in France last season.

Family affair: Aidan O'Brien (left) with his son and jockey Joseph O'Brien (right)

Family affair: Aidan O'Brien (left) with his son and jockey Joseph O'Brien (right)

Biggest Epsom favourite since 1947

Camelot threatens to be the hottest Derby favourite since Tudor Minstrel, beaten at 4-7 in 1947.

Camelot was 50-1 to win at Epsom before his maiden win at Leopardstown last year.

Post-race, his odds halved to 25-1.

He was 12-1 on the eve of his Racing Post Trophy win in October and was then cut to 4-1.

After an impressive 2,000 Guineas win at Newmarket, Camelot's odds shortened again
to 5-4.

Such narrow margins are nothing in the helter-skelter of a Derby but, Bonfire aside, opposition looks thin on the ground.

David Lanigan's Main Sequence, the Lingfield trial winner, is unbeaten while Astrology, the Ryan Moore-ridden stablemate of Camelot, is a resolute galloper.

But the brutal truth is the other runners don't jump out as potential Derby winners.

That includes Cavaleiro, a first ride in the race for the queen of the weighing room, Hayley Turner, who becomes only the second female jockey to ride in the Derby.

Main rival: Bonfire, trained by Andrew Balding

Main rival: Bonfire, trained by Andrew Balding

Remarkably, this scenario could leave
the Derby to be fought out by two horses, Bonfire and Camelot, reared in
the same paddock at Highclere stud in Berkshire.

A fairytale ending might see the
siblings battling head-to-head in the final furlong, probably with Jimmy
Fortune on Bonfire emerging on top.

That would enable trainer Andrew Balding, whose team have worked wonders harnessing the talents of a wilful spirit, to emulate his father Ian, who landed the 1971 Derby with Mill Reef and cue emotional overload from sister Clare, fronting her last Derby broadcast for at least four years as coverage switches to Channel 4.

But the O'Brien family line also makes a Camelot win extra special if Joseph can join the likes of Lester Piggott, Walter Swinburn and, last year, Mickael Barzalona as teenage Derby-winning jockeys.

With 39 losing Derby runners since High Chaparral gave him his second Derby in 2002, Aidan is guarded about a colt being talked of as potentially a first Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky in 1970.

He said: 'We are used to going home very humbled. Everyone knows the responsibility on Joseph without me speaking about it.

'It is one of those things that I wouldn't even dream about because I would be afraid to. That's the reality.'

The reality for the rest of us is that Camelot does not probably have to be an outstanding champion to win the Derby.

But he looks more than good enough.

TV: BBC1, 12.50pm (race begins 4pm)

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