Monday, June 4, 2012

In the zone

Frankel beware, Camelot could give you a race if you decide to step up to 10 furlongs! As expected. the son of Montjeu provided his sire with his fourth Derby when easily winning the Epsom showpiece on Saturday.

There are evidently now talks of the Triple Crown and let's hope for racing that Camelot takes his chance at the St Leger. Studs have for the past years evaded the last leg of the British Triple Crown as the perception is that it goes against the requirements for speed that is so often sought in today's stallions. It would not be surprising if Coolmore put its commercial interests at the forefront, bypassed the Doncaster Classic and focused on the big 10 to 12 furlong races this year. But as long as they haven't mentioned the contrary, there is hope.

The Prix du Jockey Club, the French equivalent of the Derby but at a reduced distance of 11 furlongs, saw one of the the lesser-fancied colts, Saonois, prevailing in a tight finish. By Chichicastenango, he could be the second coming of Vision D'Etat, who put his sire on the map by winning the French Derby a few years back, and went on to score in big Group 1 races in England and Hong Kong.

This week looks promising with the final run-in to the French Open at Roland Garros, the start of Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland, and the lead-up to the Belmont Stakes in the US. Nadal is looking strong and should be present in the final again. That is the most confident selection of the tournament so far.

To reach final: Nadal

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