The three-year-old son of Montjeu would enter the history books as only the 16th horse to win those two Classics and the Ladbrokes St Leger, run over a mile, six furlongs and 132 yards at Doncaster on Saturday, September 15. He is currently the 2/5 favourite with the sponsors.
On his previous visit to Town Moor, Camelot posted an easy and impressive victory in the Group One Racing Post Trophy in October, 2011 — a performance that saw him crowned joint champion European two-year-old.
The Ladbrokes St Leger is the world’s oldest Classic, having been founded in 1776, and has prize money of £550,000 this year.
O’Brien, if successful in the Ladbrokes St Leger, will become the first trainer to win all five of Britain’s Classics in a year.
O’Brien, successful in the Ladbrokes St Leger with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion (2005), is responsible for 11 entries including Group One Grand Prix de Paris scorer Imperial Monarch, Investec Derby third Astrology, Father Of Science and the unexposed Chamonix
Ladbrokes St Leger, sponsors bet: 2-5 Camelot, 7-1 Great Heavens, 10-1 Michelangelo, 12-1 Main Sequence, Shantaram, Imperial Monarch, 16-1 Thomas Chippendale, Hartani, 20-1 Estimate, Thought Worthy, 25-1 Noble Mission, Energizer, 33-1 Enke, Swedish Sailor, Light Heavy, 40-1 bar.
Meanwhile Nathaniel features among 33 entries for the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 8.
John Gosden‘s four-year-old has returned better than ever this season, winning the Eclipse and going down by the narrowest of margins when attempting to win the King George for a second successive year.
Nathaniel was not among the original list of entries but connections have paid €20,000 to add him to the field.
Snow Fairy may travel back over for Ed Dunlop having pushed So You Think so close last year.
As expected, Aidan O‘Brien is strongly represented and although Camelot is still engaged, he is thought more likely to chase a memorable Triple Crown win in the St Leger at Doncaster a week later.
St Nicholas Abbey and Imperial Monarch, as well as the filly Wading, are among the Ballydoyle team while John Oxx also has a strong hand with Born To Sea and Native Khan.
Dermot Weld’s Princess Highway and Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso are other possibles.
Cirrus Des Aigles, Twice Over, Main Sequence and Parish Hall also catch the eye.