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Camelot faces eight in St Leger bid

ESPN staff
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Camelot will face eight rivals in the St Leger as he bids to become the first colt since Nijinsky in 1970 to complete the triple crown.

Aidan O'Brien's superstar is unbeaten in five career starts, with two of those wins being the 2000 Guineas and the Derby. Camelot's win at Epsom raised the prospect of a tilt at the triple crown and connections have opted to head for the final classic of the year at Doncaster.

Main Sequence chased home Camelot in the Derby and he will renew rivalry, while John Gosden has opted to field Thought Worthy and Michelangelo. Frankie Dettori will ride the latter, with Gosden's stable jockey William Buick aboard Thought Worthy. Gosden has also declared Dartford but he is set to take on pacemaking duties.

Of his decision to partner Thought Worthy, Buick told At The Races: "I couldn't split how well they were. In the end it was the overall level of form that Thought Worthy has shown which swung my decision his way."

Dettori is a retained rider for Godolphin but their runner, Encke, will be partnered by Mickael Barzalona.

Melrose Stakes winner Guarantee, Ursa Major and the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Thomas Chippendale complete the field.

Camelot will not face a challenge from stablemate Imperial Monarch after O'Brien opted not to declare Grand Prix de Paris winner.

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