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Camelot, who failed at the final hurdle in his Triple Crown bid in 2012, makes comeback on Monday

Updated: Sunday, 05 May 2013 11:29 | Comments

Camelot, who won the Newmarket 2000 Guineas and Irish and English Derbys, makes his seasonal debut at the Curragh on Monday
Camelot, who won the Newmarket 2000 Guineas and Irish and English Derbys, makes his seasonal debut at the Curragh on Monday

Multiple Classic hero Camelot faces just four opponents on his eagerly anticipated return to action in the High Chaparral European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh on Monday.

Aidan O'Brien's Montjeu colt kicked off his three-year-old campaign with victory in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and looked destined for greatness after claiming both the English and Irish Derbies.

He was narrowly denied Triple Crown glory when beaten into second in the St Leger at Doncaster and after signing off his season with a disappointing run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, he was found to be suffering from colic.

The four-year-old makes his comeback over 10 furlongs at Group Three level and is joined by stable companion and likely pacesetter Triumphant.

O'Brien told Racing UK: "He's in good form, we're hoping the ground will be nice for him and we're looking forward to it.

"We're very happy with him and he's had a nice break.

"He obviously had a little setback at the backend but he's been in Coolmore all winter and came back in great shape and I've been delighted with him since.

"We'll take it one race at a time but if everything went well, the three races would be the Curragh on Monday, the Tattersalls (Gold Cup) and then the Prince Of Wales's Stakes (at Royal Ascot)."

Camelot's only serious opponent is the Jim Bolger-trained Parish Hall, who won the Group One Dewhurst Stakes as a juvenile and made a winning return from well over a year off in the Alleged Stakes over this course and distance.

The field is completed by Macbeth and Negotiate.

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