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  • 15:20 Tattersalls Gold Cup 1m 2f 110y

  • (Group 1) €210,000 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €130,200 2nd €39,900 3rd €18,900 4th €6,300
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 14.48s
  • Off time: 15:22:19

Al Kazeem and James Doyle overturned last year's Derby winner Camelot to take the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.

Last Updated: 26/05/13 6:18pm

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Al Kazeem: Claimed a notable scalp

Al Kazeem: Claimed a notable scalp

Al Kazeem and James Doyle overturned last year's Derby winner Camelot to take the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.

As expected, the race turned into a match from three furlongs out with last year's 2000 Guineas and Derby winner sent to challenge pacemaker Windsor Palace.

But Doyle always appeared to be exuding confidence aboard the Roger Charlton-trained British raider and at the furlong-pole it was clear that they were travelling the better of the pair.

Camelot did his best to hold off his rival, but the 9/4 winner steadily edged clear to score a first Group One success by a length and a half.

The winner missed almost the whole of last season with a stress fracture of the pelvis, but showed on his recent return at Sandown that he was ready to start making up for lost time.

"Roger always said 'We'll get him back' and the class was still there when we were galloping him," said Doyle.

"We didn't have him 100 per cent at Sandown but I was able to win without giving him too hard a race and he's come on a lot for that, as he's showed.

"You have to respect Camelot given everything he has achieved, but at the two-furlong pole I couldn't believe how well we were travelling - I was having to take him back.

"We'll have to look after him but if he stays all right we will have a lot of fun with this horse now."

Charlton added: "His work has been really impressive and James said the ground was bit lively for him there.

"He's a good horse and he rode him confidently. The plan was to drop in behind Camelot and he rode a good race.

"We can look at all the top races over a mile and a quarter and we also know he stays a mile and a half very well.

"I'd like to think maybe the Arc at the end of the season. Ascot is an obvious possibility, we've also got the Eclipse - there's lots of lovely races there for him."

Aidan O'Brien said that he'd had to tread carefully with Camelot after the horse had undergone surgery for colic late last year.

"As everyone knows he had surgery during the winter and they say it usually takes six months to get over an anaesthetic as big as he had, so we are taking him along gently," the Ballydoyle trainer told At The Races.

"He ran a very good race but was beaten on the day by a horse who was very well-trained and very well-ridden. We will take one step at a time. Obviously we are disappointed he got beat, but that's the way it is and it's a stepping stone on the way.

"We'll see where we go next. The plan was to go here and then go to Ascot and I think that is still the plan at the moment.

"We'll see how he is when he gets home. He just tired in the last furlong. We'll see what happens the next day."

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