Epsom: Camelot, the 8-13 favourite ridden by Joseph 'Brien for his father Aidan, galloped to a dazzling five-length triumph in the Epsom Derby, on Saturday. It was a third winner of the big race for Irish trainer Aidan and a first for his 19-year-old son. Main Sequence (9-1), the mount of Ted Durcan, made late ground the take second place in the nine-strong field with 'Brien's second string Astrology (13-2), finishing third after making much of the running.
'Brien junior told the BBC:“He did well to win today. He's a very special horse and I'm very fortunate to be on his back.”
'Brien senior won the Epsom Oaks on Friday with 20-1 shot Was and also captured the first two classics of the season, the 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas. If Camelot goes on to win the final classic of the English flat season, the St Leger at Doncaster, it will mean an unprecedented sweep for the Irish maestro and bookmakers were swift to quote the colt a hot 1-3 favourite.
The race was watched as usual by Britain's Queen Elizabeth on the opening day of four days of festivities to mark her Diamond Jubilee.