Camelot may look too short at 1/1 to win the 2,000 Guineas in the eyes of many punters, but trainer Aiden O’Brien is convinced he has learnt from the mistakes of two years ago ahead of Newmarket.
In 2010 St Nicholas Abbey was similarly hotly fancied for the 2,000 Guineas with much the same preparation as a two-year-old, which included an equally impressive success in the Group One Racing Post Trophy.
However, St Nicholas Abbey was a big flop at Newmarket, only finishing sixth behind Makfi.
Punters fear that lightning could strike twice and that a repeat may be on the cards in the 2,000 Guineas, with the result being that his price is seen as too short at present.
But O’Brien has been much more patient this time around, even to the point where he was slow in confirming Camelot for the opening classic of the year.
St Nicholas Abbey was pushed in his work at home in the build up to the race and as a result ended up foregoing all of his three-year-old career.
O’Brien has been much more content to take it as it comes with Camelot and would have happily missed the 2,000 Guineas if the horse was not ready.
The race is a big one for Camelot as he bids to become the first horse to be sired to Montjeu to win a Group One showpiece over 8f, who is not a two-year-old.
O’Brien was want to rectify this surprising statistic, alongside boosting his lack of winners this campaign so far with horses making their seasonal reappearance.
Despite the disappointment of St Nicholas Abbey, O’Brien does know what it takes to win the 2,000 Guineas, saddling four of the last ten to be first past the post.