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Camelot could kick off season in Mooresbridge

Updated: Wednesday, 01 May 2013 15:06 | Comments

Camelot was the best of a weak crop of three-year-old colts in Europe in 2012
Camelot was the best of a weak crop of three-year-old colts in Europe in 2012

Camelot will face a maximum of seven rivals should he make his highly-anticipated return to action in the High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh on Monday.

Aidan O'Brien's colt enjoyed a superb Classic campaign, winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, both the English and Irish Derbies and only narrowly missed out on Triple Crown glory when runner-up in the St Leger.

The son of Montjeu disappointed in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on the first Sunday in October, but is set to return as a four-year-old in this Group Three test.

O'Brien also has El Salvador, Ernest Hemingway and Triumphant in the 10-furlong event.

Seemingly the biggest threat to Camelot is the Jim Bolger-trained Parish Hall.

Winner of the 2011 Dewhurst Stakes, the Teofilo colt was sidelined for well over a year by injury, but made a winning return in the Listed Alleged Stakes over this course and distance last month.

Bolger could be double-handed, with Light Heavy also in the mix.

The field is completed by Ken Condon's Macbeth and Negotiate from Joanna Morgan's stable.

On an intriguing eight-race card, the Listed Power EBF Tetrarch Stakes has attracted 16 entries, including O'Brien's Forester and Eddie Lynam's classy filly Viztoria.

Viztoria also features among 21 fillies engaged in the Canford Cliffs EBF Athasi Stakes, with the Ger Lyons-trained Lily's Angel another major contender for the Group Three prize.

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