Encke for Godolphin sprung a 25/1 shock to deny Camelot a historic Triple Crown when landing the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday afternoon.
Camelot, who was sent off at 2/5 failed by 3/4 of a length to real in the Mickael Barzalona ridden Encke and in the process failed to become the first horse since Nijinsky to land the Triple Crown.
Settled in second last place under Joseph O’Brien, Camelot travelled well for much of the 1m 6f contest but just failed to live with the finishing kick of Encke who gave his jockey Mickael Barzalona his second English classic after his victory on Pour Moi in the Investec Derby last season.
The field were taken along in the early stages of the 1m 6f contest by the John Godsen trained pair Dartford and Thought Worthy with Thomas Chippendale back in third place. The eventual winner Encke sat just in front of Camelot at the back of the field
Swinging into the long straight Camelot and Joseph O’Brien looked well placed to take their place in history as they breezed past their rivals approaching the two furlong marker.
It looked like only Joseph O’Brien had to push the button on Camelot, but when he did the son of Montjeu didn’t quicken as expected and it was Encke who got first run on him.
Try as they might Camelot and O’Brien just could not real in Encke and they crossed the line 3/4 of a length down with Michelangelo back in third place.
Aidan O’Brien said of the defeated Camelot “It was obviously a steadily run race and I should have run a pacemaker or two, but didn’t think I’d need to.
“When the gates opened he was where you’d want him to be and we had to take our time and wait for the gaps, which you’d do with Camelot.”
Encke’s victory on Town Moore gave Godolphin their sixth win in the race following on from Mastery (2009), Rule Of Law (2004), Mutawafeq (1999), Nedawi (1998) and Classic Cliche (1995)