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Montjeu winning the King George at Ascot in 2000

Montjeu: victory by Camelot in today's Derby would see his late sire equal the Epsom Derby producing record of four

  PICTURE: Gerry Cranham  

Camelot out to bag sire's fourth Epsom Derby

VICTORY for Camelot in the Derby at Epsom this afternoon will pay the ultimate tribute to his sire Montjeu, who died earlier this year at Coolmore aged 16.

The son of Sadler's Wells, who was successful in six Group 1 races including the King George and Arc, has already sired three Derby winners in Motivator, Authorized and Pour Moi. Should Camelot become his fourth today, Montjeu will equal the record of Epsom Derby producing sires which is held jointly by Sir Peter Teazle, Waxy, Cyllene and Blandford.

Bought by Coolmore for 525,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Camelot is out of Dahlia Stakes winner Tarfah (Kingmambo), who in turn is out of Fickle, a 1m2f Listed winner. Further back, it is the family of 1974 Oaks heroine Polygamy.

The main threat to Camelot would appear to be his former field-mate, the Dante Stakes winner Bonfire. Both colts were sold through Highclere Stud at the Tattersalls October Sale, as was Minimise Risk and Rugged Cross.

Although by Manduro, who won up to 1m4f, Bonfire is not guaranteed to stay on paper as none of his three winning siblings, including Musidora Stakes heroine Joviality, have won beyond 1m2f. His dam, the Night Shift mare Night Frolic, was successful over a mile.

Astrology, who is out of Prix Saint-Alary winner Ask For The Moon, and Minimise Risk bid to pull off an Epsom Classic double for Galileo following the victory of Was in yesterday's Oaks. Regardless of how Astrology fares today, he has already made his Giant's Causeway half-sister look extremely good value at the 14,000gns she cost the BBA Ireland at Tattersalls in July 2010.

Thought Worthy looks to fare better than his brother, Lucarno, did when fourth in 2007 while Lingfield Derby Trial winner Main Sequence is bidding to become the first Group 1 winner by the top dirt sprinter Aldebaran, who stood at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky before his dispatch to Japan. His breeder, the Niarchos family's Flaxman Holdings Ltd, bred the 2004 Derby winner Kris Kin but not since Hector Protector lined up in 1991 have their famous colours been actually carried in the race.

 

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