Camelot (purple silks): has yet to race over further than 1m in his careerPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Camelot should stay
Derby trip - O'Brien
CAMELOT faces the toughest test of his career at Epsom on Saturday as the Qipco 2,000 Guineas winner tackles the extra half mile in the Investec Derby with his trainer Aidan O'Brien believing the trip will hold no fears.
Unbeaten in three starts, Camelot has yet to race further than 1m having landed both the Guineas and the Racing Post Trophy over the trip.
However, being a son of Montjeu - a sire already responsible for Derby winners Motivator, Authorized and Pour Moi - O'Brien thinks the trip should be within the 1-2 favourite's capabilities.
He said: "Montjeu is a big influence for stamina but Camelot has always shown plenty of pace. We have seen nothing to suggest that he won't stay the Derby distance but we won't know for definite until the race. He has always been a very exciting colt and so far everything has gone well with him."
Some doubts linger over whether the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-owned three-year-old will stay the Derby trip and trainer Andrew Balding said: "I was delighted with him at York [in the Dante]. He did everything we could have asked for and he came out of it very well.
"He is a quite a naturally fit horse and hasn't needed a whole heap of work. My one concern is the trip but we won't know until we try."