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O'Brien delighted with Camelot victory

Updated: Saturday, 05 May 2012 16:50

Camelot and connections after the 2000 Guineas
Camelot and connections after the 2000 Guineas

Aidan O’Brien has described Camelot’s victroy in the Qipco 2000 Guineas - the trainer's sixth win in the race - as "one of those unbelievable days".

Camelot got up in the dying strides under the trainer’s son, Joseph, to maintain his unbeaten record, with French Fifteen second and Hermival third. No son of Montjeu had ever won a Classic race over a mile in Europe before.

O’Brien senior said: "It's one of those unbelievable days. We knew from the statistics that Camelot had a lot against him, we knew he had a lot to overcome but we always thought he was very special.

"I was worried about the race and I'm glad I didn't say anything to Joseph. I couldn't believe this would really happen.

"We knew he was a very brilliant horse and that he had a lot of speed, but I was worried about the ground and Joseph said not to worry if, at halfway, he was closer to the back than the front.

"I can't tell you how grateful and privileged I feel that Joseph has been allowed to ride him.

"I'm delighted for everybody and all those who work with him every day. We are very lucky to have such a horse and many special people who look after him.

"Obviously I learned a lot from running St Nicholas Abbey in the Guineas two years ago and it's only now he's getting the brilliance back he had at two."

Bookmakers reacted swiftly to the victory, slashing him to even money in places for the Derby. Camelot also earned a quote of 3/1 for the Triple Crown of Guineas, Derby and St Leger last won by Nijinsky in 1970.

On future plans, O'Brien said: "It's like it always is. We will go home and the lads (owners) will talk about it and make a decision. We have lots to look forward to and we'll take it one race at a time

"You would imagine looking at him (that) the Derby would be a very suitable race for him."

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