The prospect of soft underfoot for the Qipco 2000 Guineas is a worry for the short price favourite Camelot, according to his jockey Joseph O’Brien.
Speaking to attheraces on Thursday afternoon the young jockey conceded that even though Camelot is by Montjeu the colt would prefer a sound racing surface, something that he is highly unlikely to get this weekend.
“There has to be a question mark over the ground. It’s an unknown and there’s a lot of top of the ground in his pedigree. He’s a good moving horse and he’ll be a better horse on faster ground.
“He’s got plenty of boot, a high cruising speed and he’s won a Racing Post Trophy, so I’m not too worried about the mile. He’s come to hand and although it’s his first run, he’s ready for it.”
While Camelot may not be suited by the conditions, O’Brien doesn’t have the same reservations about his ride in the 1000 Guineas on Sunday, the unbeaten Group 1 winner Maybe. who like Camelot is trained by his father Aidan.
Speaking about Maybe, the young jockey said “She looked flawless last year, she never looked like getting beat. She’s an uncomplicated, relaxed filly with a high cruising speed.
“You’d imagine the trip would be fine for her, she should get further in time and she’s won on all kinds of ground so I don’t see it as a major issue for her.”