Camelot to face maximum of ten

  • Last Updated: September 10 2012, 19:34 BST

Camelot will face a maximum of 10 opponents when he goes for Triple Crown glory in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday.

Camelot: Leger favourite

Aidan O'Brien's fantastic three-year-old has already claimed victory in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Investec Derby at Epsom and he is long odds-on favourite as he aims to become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to complete the British Classic treble.

He already has three Classics in the bag, having followed up his Epsom triumph in the Irish Derby at the Curragh in late June.

Camelot is one of three entries for Ballydoyle in the world's oldest Classic, with Grand Prix de Paris winner Imperial Monarch and Chamonix the other contenders.

Great Voltigeur Stakes winner Thought Worthy, trained by John Gosden, could be reopposed by York runner-up Main Sequence, the third home Encke and the fifth Thomas Chippendale.

Gosden also looks set to saddle Michelangelo and likely pacemaker Dartford.

The William Haggas-trained Guarantee is an interesting player following his runaway victory in the Melrose Stakes, while Thomas Carmody's Ursa Major completes the line-up.

David Lanigan has confirmed Main Sequence on target for the one-mile-six-furlong test and he is hoping for a strong pace to bring out the best in his colt.

"He did a nice piece of work on Saturday, that was his last strong piece and he will do another easy piece on Wednesday," Lanigan told At The Races.

"He's come out of it in good order and seems well.

"We scoped him last week and he scoped clean, so hopefully we have a nice quiet week and get there in one piece."

Given Camelot's bid for history, he is going to dominate much of the build-up for this weekend's feature, but Lanigan sees that as a bonus from his perspective.

He said: "It doesn't bother me one bit. I prefer all the pressure on them rather than us!

"Camelot is a very good horse and has every right to be favourite. Everybody else has got him to beat.

"He's going for the Triple Crown and it's just nature that he's attracting so much attention.

"All we can do is get the horse there in one piece, hopefully it's a strong-run race and there are no excuses afterwards.

"He's had a nice preparation and hopefully the right horse wins.

"I don't think anybody really wants a slowly-run race, so I don't think there'll be any problems with that.