O'Brien bemoans lack of pace

  • Last Updated: September 15 2012, 16:59 BST

Aidan O'Brien was left to blame a slowly-run race for the defeat of Camelot in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.

Camelot: Beaten into second place in the Ladbrokes St Leger

The previously unbeaten son of Montjeu was chasing the Triple Crown at Town Moor but despite a late rally in the final furlong had to settle for second place behind Encke.

The trainer said: "It wasn't what we thought it was going to be. It was a steadily-run race and Joseph said he was a little bit fresh with him, but that was probably always going to happen in a slowly-run race.

"You have to take your time on him over a mile and six which he (Joseph) did and when he got out he just stayed on rather than quickened. In the Guineas he quickened and in the Derby he quickened, but he just stayed on here.

"He ran a great race but just got beat. It's disappointing for everybody but that's the way it is. That's racing. We expected him to win and if I thought they were going to go that steady I would have had a pacemaker in or two pacemakers. But that's my fault. I was sure they were going to go a pace, but that's the way it was."

O'Brien said: "It wasn't what we thought it was going to be. It was a steadily-run race and Joseph said he was a little bit fresh with him, but that was probably always going to happen in a slowly-run race.

"That's the way it is and well done to the winner,. That's the reality of it really. I'm not sure where he will go next. I thought that, if he was to stay in training next year, there was a chance he wouldn't run anymore but I don't know. It will be the boys' decision."

Joseph O'Brien was too upset to speak to the press afterwards.