O’Brien uneasy with St.Leger distance for Camelot

Updated: September 10, 2012

Aidan O’Brien has said he is stretching his star horse Camelot to the very limit of his powers with his St.Leger bid.

Speaking earlier, O’Brien said that he had always dreamed of one day having a horse strong enough to challenge for the Triple Crown but he acknowledges Camelot’s powers are being stretched due to the distance of the St.Leger.

Camelot had a canter at a press morning in Ballydoyle before trainer O’Brien fielded questions on the son of Montjeu and one thing which alarms him is whether or not the unbeaten three-year old will see out the 1m6½f trip next week.

He said: “The tension here is just about bearable at the moment but we are pushing the boat out with him in terms of distance.”

The 43-year old added: “I’ve always dreamed of having a horse to go for the Triple Crown but in fairness it was the lads [owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith] who made the call.

“He’s not a horse whose weight normally fluctuates but he’s probably heavier than he has been for his other races.”

During the morning the champion trainer named Fame and Glory as his prime hope for the Irish St Leger, also on Saturday, while Cristoforo Colombo is Ballydoyle’s main hope in the National Stakes at the Curragh on the same day.

O’Brien’s son Joseph will partner Camelot on Saturday at Doncaster before making the swift flight to the Kildare to ride Cristoforo Colombo on a huge day for the Tipperary based racing outfit.

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