Camelot was an impressive winner of the Derby at Epsom this afternoon,in the process keeping alive the prospect of becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1970.
The Ballydoyle colt was held up at the back of the nine strong field early on, as his teenage rider Joseph O’Brien settled the 4/6 favourite and got him into a rhythm. Despite appearing to struggle running downhill into Tattenham Corner, the combination quickly picked up the leaders after turning for home and raced clear for a five length victory. The win also ensured that the jockey and his father Aidan, became the first father and son team to win the famous race.
The winning jockey said: “I was a bit worried as he didn’t come down the hill at all. He didn’t handle the track that well, so he did well to win.
He’s a very special horse and I’m just very fortunate to be on his back. I owe a big thanks to the owners and everyone in the yard.”
Anne-Marie O’Brien, Joseph’s mother, added: “I can’t believe it, it’s amazing. I met Lester Piggott last weekend and he said to tell Joseph not to be in any hurry. I’m really thrilled, it’s incredible.”