Published: 10:20 16/09/2012
Camelot's much anticipated Triple Crown attempt ended in disappointment for connections, as the 2/5 favourite failed to emulate the great Nijinsky by adding the Ladbrokes St Leger to earlier victories in the Qipco 2000 Guineas and Investec Derby.
It was the 25/1 outsider Encke who ended up spoiling the party, but there was no element of a fluke about the three-parts-of a-length win by the son of Kingmambo who proved to be the best horse on the day.
Winning jockey Mickael Barzalona kicked for home two furlongs out and from that point Camelot never looked like getting on terms, even though he stayed on to quicken away from the rest of the field.
Simon Crisford, racing manager for Godolphin, appeared both delighted and surprised by the victory and was quick to praise Barzalona for the sixth Leger success of Sheikh Mohammed's operation, saying: " Mickael rode a beautiful race and when he kicked at the two-pole he put the race to bed really. What we loved about that race was the turn of foot he showed, that stands very well for next season and he will stay in training."
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of the runner-up, was obviously disappointed but put the lack of pace down as a possible reason for Camelot's first defeat, saying: " We expected him to win and if I thought they were going to go that steady I would have had a pacemaker in or two pacemakers. But that's my fault. I was sure they were going to go a pace, but that's the way it was."
Connections of the winner stated that it was unlikely that Encke would be seen out again this season, while it appears unlikely that Camelot will see the racecourse again, with bookmakers removing the horse from betting on next month's Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe, for which last year's winner Danedream now heads the market at a best price 9/2 with Coral and William Hill.