Camelot Rated a Stone Inferior to Frankel

Despite having never tasted defeat, and achieving victory, this season, in the Qipco 2000 Guineas, the Investec Derby, and the Irish Derby, Aidan O’Brien’s outstanding colt, Camelot, is still rated some 14lbs inferior to the mighty Frankel on official figures.

He would surely have his work cut out if the two outstanding horses of this campaign were to meet at some stage later on this season, writes Elliot Slater.

Now assessed at an astounding 142, Frankel is officially one of the greatest horses of all-time – some would even say the greatest – and one that regularly has even the best racing odds makers running scared.

He has yet to taste defeat in a brilliant career that has seen him demolish every horse that has come to challenge him in all 11 starts since he burst onto the racing scene for his much loved trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, back in 2010.

With the master of Warren Place suggesting that a visit to Glorious Goodwood for the Group 1 Sussex Stakes, towards the end of July, will be next on Frankel’s agenda, it would appear that the only possibility of the Prince Khaled Abdullah-owned sensation meeting Camelot could be in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York’s Ebor fixture, in August.

The Coolmore team seem keener to train Camelot for a crack at the Triple Crown and a win in the mile-and-three-quarters Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster, in September.

It appears to be Camelot’s misfortune that his potentially unbeaten career and possible Triple Crown success – the first since the legendary Nijinsky in 1970 – could well be overshadowed by further breathtaking successes from Frankel in the second half of this season.

However, race-goers, especially those that enjoy a bet on racing, are not complaining, and can hardly believe their luck to witness two such outstanding performers, who have come to grace the turf at exactly the same time.