Danny O’Brien’s Russian Camelot to work at The Valley ahead of Saturday’s $5m All-Star Mile
Forgotten All-Star Mile contender Russian Camelot will go to The Valley on Tuesday for one final hitout before tackling the world’s richest mile race on Saturday.
Champion trainer Danny O‘Brien has kept the prized dual Group 1 winner, who ran third in the Cox Plate, largely under wraps since the spring.
Bookies had Russian Camelot among the early favourites for the All-Star Mile, prior to brilliant mares Probabeel and Arcadia Queen squaring off in a blistering Group 1 Futurity Stakes last month.
Cox Plate winner and All-Star Mile contender Sir Dragonet will also gallop at The Valley on Tuesday morning, along with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s Shout The Bar and Queenslander The Harrovian.
The barrier draw for the $5m autumn showcase will take place in Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon.
TAB has Russian Camelot an $11 chance, on the fourth line of betting with Behemoth, behind equal favourites Arcadia Queen and Probabeel, both $3, and $9 wildcard Mugatoo.
Russian Camelot has only had the one public trial, an easy 1100m effort last month splitting eventual Australian Guineas runner-up Cherry Tortoni and Highly Discreet.
O’Brien cannot wait to get Russian Camelot back to the races.
“He’s going to go to Moonee Valley on Tuesday morning for one last piece of work,” O’Brien said.
“He’s ready to go to the races, it’s been a good build-up for him and I’m looking forward to running him.”
Stablemate Sovereign Award could back-up in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill on Saturday after her impressive all-the-way win at Flemington.
“We’d look at maybe backing up in seven days in the Coolmore at Rosehill,” O’Brien said.
“Particularly if it rains during the week.
“That’d be an ideal set up for her.”
Originally published asRussian Camelot heads to The Valley for All-Star tune-up
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