8th March, 2012 - Posted by Elliot Slater - Comments Off
Aidan O’Brien’s unbeaten colt Camelot remains a solid 3/1 ante-post favourite for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 5 following the listing of the entries for the first colts’ classic of the 2012 Flat season, writes Elliot Slater.
Ireland appears to hold a very strong hand in this year’s renewal of the historic contest run over the Rowley Mile, with plenty of horses from the Emerald Isle wel fancied among horse racing tips. John Oxx’s Born To Sea, (a half-brother to the imperious 2010 winner and six-time Group 1 winning three-year-old Sea The Stars), another to hold strong claims together with Nephrite, another unbeaten colt from the Ballydoyle stable who actually beat Born To Sea at Leopardstown in the final week of last season’s Flat campaign, although the
runner-up returned lame from that event.
Camelot received rave reviews when winning the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October in tremendously impressive fashion, travelling like a genuinely high-class performer before easily changing gear and breezing away from Zip Top to win by two-and-a-quarter-lengths, although he was value for a great deal further.
Richard Hannon’s Harbour Watch, unbeaten in all three starts last season including the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in July, is the highest rated of the British entries having ended the term on a mark of 117, whilst John Gosden’s Fencing, third to Camelot at Doncaster having previously won in listed company, is another interesting contender for the home team and has attracted plenty of interest from punters who bet on racing.
Aidan O’Brien, however, is numerically the dominant force in the race having a total of 11 of the 63 entries under his care, whilst continental Europe is represented by runners from the French yards of Mikael Dezangles (Dragon Pulse and Hermival), and Nicolas Clement’s French Fifteen. Spain also have an entry in the shape of Matusalen, winner of all three outings in his homeland last season and not disgraced on his first start after a break when a close fifth in listed company at Meydan in February.