Racing: The Inside Track

Clerk of the Course at Doncaster Racecourse, Jon Pullin, looks ahead to the forthcoming racing action:

WITH no racing at Town Moor last weekend, you'd think there would be little focus on Doncaster. But, in fact, it is our racecourse – and more specifically our biggest race meeting of the year, the Ladbrokes St Leger - that has been the talk of the racing fraternity over the last week.

For those who follow the sport, you'll of course know exactly what I am talking about, as the eyes of the racing world turned to one horse last weekend. Britain's richest race, the Investec Derby, was the focus of everyone's attention last Saturday, as a horse that is on track to put its name in racing's history books took to Epsom Downs to stake its claim on the legendary classic. Camelot, a three-year old thoroughbred, trained by Aidan O'Brien, was the jewel in the crown of a regal day of racing.

The Irish colt, sired by eleven times race-winner Montjeu, was watched by the Queen as he eased to victory in the 1 mile 4 furlong race, under the direction of cool-headed 19-year old Joseph O'Brien. The young jockey, the son of Camelot's trainer, timed his race to perfection, steering his horse past the finishing post some five lengths clear of second place Main Sequence (9/1) and O'Brien stablemate Astrology, third, at odds of 13/2.

Clinching victory in the smallest field since 1907, Camelot outshone his eight rivals, and is now hotly tipped to cement his place in racing legend, with some bookies offering odds as short as just 1/3 for the horse to take the Triple Crown – the name given to the achievement of winning the 2,000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby and our very own St Leger.

After success in our Racing Post Trophy last year, we'd love to see Camelot return to Doncaster for our pinnacle race of the four-day St Leger meeting, held on Saturday September 15. If he goes on to win here, Camelot will be the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Nijinsky in 1970 and last Saturday's classy performance will surely convince people that he has the legs to do just that.

In the mean-time, we have some great racing coming up this week. Taking place on the evening of Friday, June 8 and the afternoon of Saturday, June 9, our two-day fixture is the perfect way to cap off the Jubilee week. We have some really competitive action on both days - the feature races are two Class 2 Handicaps on Saturday, one for four-year-olds and upwards, which will be run over seven furlongs, and the other for three-year-olds, run over the distance of a mile.

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