Aiden O’Brien trained Camelot brought more laurels for the stable, winning the G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in testing ground conditions at Curragh. The 1-5 favourite beat Born To Sea by two lengths, to be the first after Nijinsky to win the classic treble, the G1 2000 Guineas, the Investec Derby and the Irish Derby. The son of Montjeu now sets sight for the Triple Crown glory in the St Leger.
Camelot was settled in fourth behind Astrology, Akeed Mofeed and Light Heavy while Born To Sea braced the rear. Camelot made smooth headway to challenge on approaching the straight and went to the lead but started to shift left with Born To Sea making a strong bid. Ridden out by Joseph O’Brien, Camelot put up a bold show and raced past the winning post two lengths ahead of Born To Sea.
"We were very worried about the ground for Camelot”, said Aiden, after greeting his tenth winner of the race and the seventh in succession. “At home he doesn't even walk on that ground. He was tested in every way today so I can't tell you how delighted we are. It was an incredible performance."
The winning jockey Joseph O'Brien added: "He hated the ground all the way and I was worried turning in that he was struggling. He has a big heart."