May 5, 2012
The Highclere Stud reared and consigned, Camelot, stormed to victory in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas (Gr.1) at Newmarket today, on his three-year-old debut.
It was another British Classic success for trainer Aidan O’Brien and the team at Ballydoyle, and a first for jockey Joseph O’Brien.
This unbeaten colt had previously cruised to victory in the Racing Post Trophy (Gr.1) at Doncaster last year, and is now the runaway favourite for the Epsom Derby.
Camelot was the most expensive yearling by Montjeu in 2010 having made 525,000gns at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 when knocked down to Demi O’Byrne. Bred by Sheikh Abdulla Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, he is out of the Kingmambo mare Tarfah, who won the Group 3 Dahlia Stakes.
“We always thought he was a bit special,” said Aidan O’Brien. “The lads will speak about his next target but looking at him you would think the Derby would suit him.”