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Camelot Yearling

Camelot selling for 525,000gns at the 2010 Tattersalls October Sale

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Fourth Derby winner
for outstanding Montjeu

Epsom: Investec Derby (Group 1), 1m4f, 3yo colts

CAMELOT (c Montjeu - Tarfah by Kingmambo)

Bred by Sheikh Abdulla Bin Isa Al-Khalifa in Britain

MONTJEU became the first stallion for over 75 years on Saturday to add a fourth Epsom Derby winner to his stud record when his son Camelot ran out an impressive five length scorer of the race under Joseph O'Brien.

Camelot's dominant victory was recorded in a similar manner to two of the stallion's previous Derby winners, Motivator and Authorized. It also means that the late Montjeu joins an elite list of stallions - namely Sir Peter Teazle (born 1784), Waxy (b.1790), Cyllene (b.1895) and Blandford (b.1919) - to have sired four Derby winners. The last-named of that quartet, Blandford, achieved the feat when Bahram won the Derby en route to sweeping the Triple Crown in 1935.

 

No stallion has yet sired five Epsom Derby winners.

Camelot's victory further highlights the great loss that Montjeu will be to the European breeding industry. The son of Sadler's Wells, himself the winner of six Group 1 races including the Arc and King George, died at Coolmore earlier this year at the relatively early age of 16. From eight crops aged three and above, he is the sire of 25 Group/Grade 1 winners including St Nicholas Abbey, who was successful in the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup earlier on the Epsom card.

Bought by Coolmore for 525,000gns from Highclere Stud at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Camelot is a three-parts brother to minor winner Ideal (by Galileo) and out of Dahlia Stakes winner Tarfah, who in turn is out of Fickle, a 1m2f Listed winner.

Fickle was a granddaughter of Cheshire and Lancashire Oaks winner One Over Parr, a sister to 1974 Oaks heroine Polygamy. Camelot descends from the outstanding Hungarian mare Kincsem, the winner of no fewer than 54 races during the late-19th century.

Tarfah, who boards at Highclere Stud, has a two-year-old filly by Cape Cross, a yearling colt by Pivotal and visited Oasis Dream this year.

Main Sequence became a third Group/Grade 1 performer for his Japanese-based sire Aldebaran, a top-class 7f-1m runner on dirt, by snatching second from Astrology. Thought Worthy emulated his brother, Lucarno, by running fourth.

 

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