Camelot winner of The G1 Investec Derby
Master craftsman Aidan O’Brien continued his dominance in the British Classics when Camelot did his master proud, winning the G1 Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday. Aidan’s son, Joseph O’Brien was astride the 8-13 favourite and the duo created history by being the first father-son combination to win the Derby.
After a steadied start Camelot was held back towards the rear while stable companion Astrology set up a good gallop in the lead. Camelot was ridden to chase the leader 2 furlongs out and took charge with a furlong left and stretched out easily to win by a big margin of five lengths. Main Sequence came with a sustained run on the straight to deny a 1-2 to the allydoyle camp, piping Astrology on the post.
The young lad Joseph said: "He didn't handle the track so he did well to win today. He's a very special horse and I'm fortunate to be on his back. I owe a big thanks to [owners] Mr and Mrs Magnier, Mr and Mrs Tabor and Mr and Mrs Smith and everyone involved around me."
On being asked if Camelot would vie for the Triple Crown which no horse has earned since Nijinsky in 1970, Aiden said, "Wouldn't anybody? We are going to have to take it race-by-race and give it a lot of thought. These things get to mean more as you get older. If you had asked me the same question 20 years ago, I would have looked the other way, but we'll have to see what Derrick and Michael think about it. We are going through a good patch at the moment, so we just have to savor the moment."