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April 30, 2012

Highclere favourites for the 2,000 Guineas

The Highclere Stud reared and consigned, Camelot, remains hot favourite for the 2,000 Guineas on 5th May.  In addition, the Highclere consigned colt, Power, is also a strong contender.

Camelot cruised to victory in the Racing Post Trophy (Gr.1) at Doncaster last year, and is also favourite for the Epsom Derby. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, this unbeaten colt 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.

The Oasis Dream colt Power won the 2011 Goffs National Stakes (Gr.1), following up a close second in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Gr.1) and victory in the Coventry Stakes (Gr.2) at Royal Ascot for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

Another Highclere consigned horse with an exciting season ahead is Bonfire, who following his two-year-old debut victory was third in the Criterium International (Gr.1) at Saint Cloud for trainer Andrew Balding. Bred and raised by Highclere Stud in partnership with Floors Stud, this Manduro two-year-old colt was purchased by John Warren Bloodstock for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1.

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