The Aidan O’Brien-trained horse has a Frankel-esque unbeaten run to protect following five straight wins since July 2011 and his Derby win at Epsom was out of this world, with Joseph O’Brien steering the horse to a five-length victory.
Camelot is certainly the one to beat at Doncaster and can be backed at a best price 4/11 (bet365) to claim victory against ten rivals, providing that all eleven horses remain in the line-up and it’s hard to see too many dangers to a charge that also won the Irish Derby in the summer thanks to a two-length win against Born to Sea.
Main Sequence has been attracting all the each-way money this week, with the three-year-old finishing second to Camelot in the English Derby before modest runs at Longchamp and York.
The David Lanigan-trained horse is a 7/1 chance (William Hill free bets) to surprise Camelot and win this final Classic of 2012, although it could be a case of Main Sequence battling it out with Imperial Monarch for second place.
The latter is also trained by O’Brien and won that July race at Longchamp following a disappointing 8th place finish at Chantilly where Saonois was the surprise winner.
Even so, all the talk surrounds Camelot and whether the horse can complete a Triple Crown, with O’Brien keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of the race.
“The distance is different – it’s nearly two miles and there’s no doubt about it, they nearly have to be a Gold Cup horse to get that trip in our experience. When they go beyond that mile and a half, that’s when the real stamina must kick in,” O’Brien said.
“He’s not a horse who fluctuated much in his weight but he’s going to be a bit heavier than in any of his other races. When you’re a three-year-old, your weight doesn’t change much early on, but as they start to mature into a four-year-old later on, it can. Stayers don’t build up as much as middle-distance horses, but he’s not long or lean, he’s round and strong.”