DONCASTER Racecourse officials are expecting a sell-out St Leger Day this year - as Camelot bids to become the first Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky in 1970.
The undefeated Irish colt strode to victory at last weekend’s Epsom Derby and is now odds on with the bookmakers to complete the famous Newmarket 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and St Leger treble at September’s showcase meeting.
Camelot’s trainer Aidan O’Brien and part-owner Derrick Smith are yet to confirm whether the horse, sired by eleven-times winner Montjeu, will be entered in the line-up at this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger.
But Town Moor officials are keeping their fingers crossed that their venue could witness some racing history in the making come September.
Mark Spincer, managing director of Doncaster Racecourse, said that the prospect of having a Triple Crown contender was something that Doncaster Racecourse was extremely excited about.
He said: “Camelot is a special horse.
“He sealed his winning streak when he won the Racing Post Trophy here in November last year, so we’d be thrilled to have him back for the Ladbrokes St Leger – particularly, as it could cement his place in the racing history books as the first winner of the Triple Crown for more than 40 years.
“The Ladbrokes St Leger is the most popular raceday in our calendar, attracting more than 30,000 people for the Saturday race meeting, but we are sure that Camelot’s victory last weekend will make it even more attractive for punters. It’s going to be a fantastic occasion.”
Doncaster Racecourse’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival runs from Wednesday, September 12 until Saturday, September 15.
For more information about the meeting, or to book tickets, visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call 01302 304 200.