by Stable Lad

LAST Saturday’s Dubai Irish Derby saw the continuation of the meteoric career of the Aidan O’Brien wonder horse, Camelot, who won the race with little more than a vigorous training gallop.

The only horse in the race that got to within a striking distance of the impressive winner was the John Oxx trained Born To Sea, which again showed improvement on its previous form this season.

There could be, in this Born To Sea, one decent race to be won as the season progresses, so don’t leave him out of your reckoning for a moment, for you may miss out on a winning investment.

Well, Camelot’s record, up to now, of an English 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby, added to now by the Irish Derby, puts him well on the way to the creation of many new records in the world of racing.

Obviously, he will have to take in the Doncaster St. Leger in September, which will complete for him the English Triple Crown, although there are lots of other important Group Races still on the agenda in Ireland, England, and France before the 2012 season draws to its close.

Could Camelot have a clash with the superlative Frankel in any one of these big races?

Well, if this event is ever to come about, my reckoning is that it will have to be before this season’s end, for I do have a feeling that Camelot will be retired at the close of his three-year-old career.

Now, if the connections of the O’Brien star decide that they will embark him on a four-year-old campaign, this would be something wonderful to look forward to, for then all bets would be on as regards Frankel, and all the rest of it, but my own verdict is that Camelot will be retired to stud at the end of this season, for his owners will be only too well aware of the astronomical amount of money that would be at stake at the behest of such a valuable horse.

To be practical, it would be like having the privilege of printing one’s own money, and obviously, few would turn up their nose at that.

Our immediate task is to pick the selections for Saturday, which will all feature at the Eclipse meeting at Sandown Park, where the racing should be top class.

In the Sprint, I like Crusade, who can go in, followed closely by Free Zone, while in the handicap race, Frankie could win with Invisible Man, with Trade Commissioner giving him most to do.

The Distaff race could be a win for Starscope, who is due for a win, with Irish History the best of the rest, while in the big race, the Eclipse Stakes, Natahaniel‘s staying power could come into play, with the three-year-old Bonfire also likely to put in a bold show.

Best of luck to all for a great weekend!


The Fab Four:

Sandown: 2:05 Crusade, 2:40 Invisible Man, 3:10 Starscope, 3:45 Nathaniel.