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Father and son team up to snatch Epsom glory

Camelot records crushing five-length victory in the Derby

  • By Leslie Wilson Jr, Racing & Special Features Writer
  • Published: 23:27 June 2, 2012
  • Gulf News

St Nicholas Abbey ridden by jockey Joseph O'Brien runs to win the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup
  • Image Credit: AFP
  • Horse St Nicholas Abbey ridden by jockey Joseph O'Brien runs to win the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup on Derby Day, the second day of the Epsom Derby horse racing festival, at Epsom in Surrey, southern England, on June 2, 2012 the first official day of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Dubai: Aidan O'Brien teamed up with his 19-year-old son Joseph to make racing history at Epsom yesterday when Camelot recorded a crushing five-length victory in the Investec Derby, widely considered the greatest horse race in the world.

Astrology threw down a brave challenge under Ryan Moore as the whips came out but could not match the turn of foot of the winner and had to settle for third, when he was  touched off at the line by the Ted Durcan-ridden Main Sequence.

John Gosden's Thought Worthy was fourth.

Mickdaam, owned by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, finished seventh of the nine runners.

Camelot has now won the 2,000 Guineas and Derby and will attempt to win the Triple Crown which culminates with the English St. Leger Stakes.

Earlier in the afternoon, Aidan O'Brien continued his mastery over the Coronation Cup when St. Nicholas Abbey, winner of this historic race 12 months ago, gave him an unprecedented sixth success in eight years in the prestigious Group One contest.

It was a walk in the park for the son of Montjeu, who after travelling on the bridle up until the four-furlong marker of the 2,400-metre trip, unleashed his feared turn of foot to pull clear under Joseph O'Brien and record a cosy victory.

Ed Dunlop's travelling star Red Cadeaux, an impressive winner of last month's Yorkshire Cup (G1), gave chase but could finish no closer than four and a half lengths behind the Irish horse, while John Gosden's Masked Marvel was a further three and a half lengths back in third.

O'Brien Jr said of St. Nicholas Abbey, who he famously rode to victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs, Kentucky, last season: “When he goes to sleep early in his races, he's a special horse. He has always shown a lot of ability and he's really coming back to this old form.”

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was narrowly denied a victory on the historic raceday when Heavy Metal was beaten by a short-head in the Investec Woodcote Stakes.

Mick Channon's Chilworth Icon won the race.

The opening event on the card, the Diamond Jubilee Handicap, produced a thrilling finish with Sir Henry Cecil's Wrotham Heath scoring by a neck from favourite Grandeur, the mount of William Buick.

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