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Camelot to strut his stuff before racing
RACING enthusiasts will get a rare opportunity to see dual Derby winner Camelot at Leopardstown on Thursday before he embarks on his Triple Crown bid in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster next month.
Aidan O’Brien will work Camelot in public before racing commences and it will certainly pay to arrive early to see the unbeaten son of Galileo in action.
Speaking about the move O'Brien said: "We are delighted that the Irish racing public will have the opportunity to see Camelot before he runs in the St Leger at Doncaster. We would like to thank the clerk of the course, the Stewards of the Turf Club and everyone at Leopardstown for allowing it to happen."
Camelot, the multiple Group 1 winner, including the Racing Post Trophy, the Qipco English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Investec Epsom Derby and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh is firmly on course to complete the famous ‘Triple Crown’ by adding the Ladbrokes St Leger to his tally at Doncaster next month.
If he manages the feat, he would become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to win the 2,000 Guineas, the Derby and the St Leger.
Pat Keogh, CEO of Leopardstown racecourse, said: “We are delighted to see Camelot return to Leopardstown where he won his maiden last July. We’ve watched him with great pride as he became a great champion. This is a fitting finale to Live at Leopardstown as the summer series draws to a close.”
Live at Leopardstown will also feature The Sawdoctors, fresh from their Gay Byrne special last Friday on RTE as they bring their rousing live performance to South Dublin after the last race at approximately 8.45pm.
Leopardstown (previous hosts of the World Cross Country Athletic Championships in 2002) is also opening its race track to the Athletics Ireland Barefoot Mile which will be run on a separate track to the horses.
Sporting enthusiasts can enter the Barefoot Mile and gain admission to the horse racing and live concert for just €20.
All entrants will be chip-timed and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place for both men and women. Participants can register online at www.athleticsireland.ie/barefootmile or enter on Thursday evening up to 6.30pm.