Camelot & Mars both impressed Crockford in their after racing gallop at the Curragh this afternoon
Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien galloped over sixty horses at the course with the Derby winning Camelot and unbeaten Mars catching the eye of onlookers. Camelot travelled well, cruising to the finishing line showing that he retains all his talent as a four-year old. The same workout showed the best of the three-year old Battle of Marengo who displayed an excellent turn of foot looking a hot prospect for the season ahead.
O’Brien when questioned later on ATR commented that his Classic winner would be aimed at the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup.
Crockford could not help but be impressed by the way that O’Brien’s unbeaten Mars shaped up in the first piece of work. With Kingsbarns looking more uncertain to make it to Newmarket the way is clear for the highly regarded colt to claim the first classic of 2013. Mars is quoted at 16/1 for the 2000 Guineas and 8/1 for the Epsom Derby. Given the signs on course today and the whispers that have come out from Ballydoyle these prices are exceptional value.
Be warned Mars can emulate Camelot and seal both English Classics this season.
(Featured photograph – Aidan O’Brien at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)