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Camelot Headlining Racing Post Trophy


It's really all about Camelot at this point as the two-year-old AP O'Brien colt is facing a serious gamble to score in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy based on nothing more than a maiden score at Leopardstown a few weeks back. The high betting volume on the son of Montjeu is based on potential, hardly an accomplished racing record.


One of the most interesting aspects of this race is the fact that the ones taking all the money are the contenders who emerge off of maiden scores or, at best, a listed contest. Only a single selection has won at group level before and that one, Talwar, is trading a lengthy 25/1.

O'Brien also saddles Learn, who can be backed at a 16/1 price and, though it took him three tries to break his maiden, his five-length victory at Leopardstown when sent off at 2/5 makes him look an interesting each-way option. As a son of Galileo, he will be looking to end the incredible year for the Irish sire on a serious high-note.

Mahmood Al Zarooni can entered Encke, a son of Kingmambo out of Darley mare Shawanda, to represent the blue team. He's attracted some attention based on a Newmarket score three weeks ago and he will be entering the race in good nick. He is a full brother to Genius Beast, who took the Group 3 Bet365 Classic Trial Stakes before placing in the Prix Hocquart at Longchamp and ultimately running poorly in the King Edward VI, the Great Voltigeur and the St Leger.

Fencing, representing top sire Street Cry, is unraced since mid-August but he is emerging as the clear second choice – a fact not harmed by William Buick confirmed for the trip.  

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