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Camelot Retirement A Strong Possibility
Last season's UK Champion 3YO Camelot (Camelot (Montjeu-Tarfah, by Kingmambo) could be on the verge of retirement, reports sportinglife.com. Since his unsuccessful attempt to become the first winner of the English Triple Crown for 3YOs since Nijinsky in 1970 when tackling the St. Leger trip – he was runner-up – the Aidan O'Brein-trained star has not been quite the same horse he was. A poor showing in the Gr1 Arc was followed by a worrying bout of colic. On his racetrack return Camelot obliged with a soft win in the Gr3 Mooresbridge Stakes but since then has suffered two defeated runs behind Al Kazeem. O'Brien, who has not ruled out a tilt at the Gr1 Eclipse Stakes on Saturday, noted: "He's a very important horse to us and he's not one we want to take any risks with... The last day at Royal Ascot, he obviously hadn't come back to his best and while the Eclipse is still an option, retirement is something we might have to consider as well."