‘No guarantee Camelot will stay Leger trip’ says jockey

Updated: September 10, 2012

In a week where Camelot stands on the verge of making history, big race jockey Joseph O’Brien has warned that Camelot is by no means certain to stay the 1m 6f distance of the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Speaking at a media day at Ballydoyle on Monday, O’Brien jnr, who will become the first jockey to land the Triple Crown since Lester Piggot in 1970, admits that the brilliant son of Montjeu will be tested like never before on Saturday.

“Camelot is an exceptional horse with a brilliant turn of foot. Whether he will stay a mile and three-quarters, that’s the big question and nobody knows the answer until Saturday,” said the jockey.

“It may only be just over two furlongs further than he has been before but that is still a lot. There are no certainties in racing though and we just don’t know about the extra distance in the St Leger.

“He is a jockey’s dream to ride as everything comes naturally to him. You let him come alive in your hands and he is actually very easy to ride. He is just unbelievable and is not like any other horse I have ever ridden.”

Camelot is set to start a red hot favourite for the final English Classic of the season with the sponsors Ladbrokes going 1/3 about him following in the hoof prints of Nijinsky and landing the Triple Crown.

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