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Stuart Dalgleish 2nd Jun 2012 - 18:53

Camelot to claim the Crown?

A first British Triple Crown for nearly half a century could be on the agenda when Camelot ran out an impressive success in the Investec Derby on Saturday.

The unbeaten 2000 Guineas hero added the Blue Riband Classic to his growing Group One tally, and William Hill reacted by immediately slashing him to even-money from 5-2 to become the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to back the Classic treble.

The firm were forced to shorten the Ballydoyle hero further to 1-2 from the initially-quoted and standout even-money following strong post-race support.

Camelot was trimmed further at the head of the betting to 11-4 from 4-1 for Europe's most prestigious Flat race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The firm report the single result as not as bad as initially expected, however the standout Ballydoyle double (15-8) with St Nicholas Abbey proved popular with punters, with Hills also shortening the latter-mentioned to 6-1 from 8-1 for the Arc.

William Hill spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes said "After pulverising his Derby opposition and the interest of connections in a visit to Doncaster, there's a real chance Camelot could clean-sweep the Classics with a full-house for Ballydoyle"

St Leger: 1-2 Camelot, 7-1 Astrology, 12-1 Was (EW 1/5 1,2,3)

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: 11-4 Camelot, 6-1 St Nicholas Abbey, 12-1 Beauty Parlour, Danedream, 16-1 Rulership, Snow Fairy, 25-1 Akeed Mofeed, Bonfire, Dunaden, Galikova, Meandre, Monterosso, Nathaniel, Sea Moon, 33-1 Imperial Monarch, Was 40-1 Giofra, Reliable Man (EW 1/5 1,2,3)

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