Handicappers: Camelot below form in Leger

  • Last Updated: September 17 2012, 15:15 BST

The BHA handicapper and Timeform both feel Camelot was below-form when beaten in Saturday's Ladbrokes St Leger.

Encke beats Camelot in the Ladbrokes St Leger

He has been given a rating of 119 for Saturday's performance by the official assessor, the same as he registered in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket in May.

However the son of Montjeu ran to 124 on the same figures when he landed the Investec Derby at Epsom in June.

Timeform have Camelot running to 122 on Saturday and as a result have dropped his master rating to 128 from 130.

Flat editor David Johnson, writing in his Handicappers' Corner column at betting.betfair.com said: "In terms of form achieved on the day it looks a typical St Leger. Historical standards give a range of 120-123, and whilst prior rating standards might point a little higher, Encke has been awarded a rating of 123.

"Unsurprisingly, most of the focus afterwards fell on the runner-up rather than the winner, and in running to a performance figure of 122, Camelot has been adjudged to have run below the form he showed in both the 2,000 Guineas (123) and the Derby (his performance rating in the Irish Derby was 120).

"Initially rated 130 after the Derby, Camelot's subsequent performances, as well of those of the beaten horses at Epsom have seen that figure revised downwards to 128, in line with the timefigure he recorded at Epsom. That makes it the joint-seventh highest-rated Derby-winning performance since the turn of the century.

"Whilst connections continue to speak of Camelot in glowing terms, his form at present is that of just a high-class colt, one that will need to show improvement against his elders this autumn, or perhaps as a 4-y-o, if he's going to back up that faith on the track."

Encke, who beat Camelot by three-quarters of a length at Doncaster, was given a career-best rating of 120 for the performance by the BHA, eight pounds higher than his previous best mark.

Encke now heads the QIPCO British Champions Series Long Distance performance table from Camelot with the Gold Cup winner, Colour Vision, who ran below his best in Friday's Stobart Doncaster Cup, in third.

The Stobart Doncaster Cup winner, Times Up, ran a pound below his Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup mark last month, being given 113 for Friday's victory as opposed to 114 at York. Runner-up, High Jinx, ran to the same 111 rating in both races.

Camelot's second place on Saturday enabled both Aidan and Joseph O'Brien to increase their leads in the Trainer and Jockey of the Series tables with six races to go - the Nayef Joel Stakes in the mile category at Newmarket on Friday 28 September and the five category finales on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 20 October.