In a year the United States lost out on a Triple Crown due to a last-minute scratch, Great Britain is hoping they will see their first Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky in 1970.
On Saturday, September 15, Aidan and Joseph O’Brien will again team up to try and bring home another father/son victory with Coolmore’s Camelot in the G1 St. Leger at Doncaster.
The three-year-old son of Montjeu has done everything right from the start, winning all five of his previous races, with all but one victory secured by two lengths or more.
Aidan O’Brien is amazed by the horse’s differences compared to others in the barn—from the way he trains to his independence.
O’Brien recently spoke to the media about the unique qualities of this special horse:
“After his races, he just stands there and doesn't blow which is very unusual. Most horse are bit agitated after a race. I think he must have a tremendous heart and lung capacity. The horse is a very independent thinker. He is very sharp minded, very intelligent and very relaxed. When most horses walk off they need other horses with them, but he does not mind being by himself. He doesn't look for company and makes his own mind up about things.”
The English Triple Crown hasn’t even been tried since Nijinsky won the crown, and one has to look back to 1935 to find the previous winner. The three legs of the Triple Crown consist of increasing distances with the first race run at a mile, the second run at 1.5 miles, and the third run at a little longer than 1.75 miles.
The last leg of the series will be the biggest test for Camelot, as he has never run the distance.
However, O’Brien believes that the horse could eclipse the feats of other greats in his stable and told the BBC "he could be the best we've had."
Those are strong words from a trainer that has had many of the top horses in the world during his career.
Camelot will be facing eight other horses in the race.
O’Brien’s son Joseph, who rode St. Nicholas Abbey to a victory in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf to become the youngest winner in history, will again be on Camelot for the race. He has ridden the colt in all five of his previous starts.