Guineas and Derby winner Camelot is retired
October 14, 2013
Brilliant 2-year-old and triple classic winner Camelot has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore for the 2014...
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It was by only three-quarters of a length that Camelot failed to become the first Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky in 1970 and only the second since Bahram in 1935. His sire Montjeu has been one of the greatest classic influences of modern times, with Camelot ranking as one of his four winners of the Derby and four winners of the Irish Derby. Montjeu also sired two winners of France’s top mile-and-a-half test for three-year-olds, the Grand Prix de Paris. With a CV which also included winners of the English, Irish and French St Legers and the Melbourne Cup, classic stamina was often the strong suit for Montjeu’s progeny. It is this which makes Camelot exceptional. Not only did he cruise to victory in the Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy at two, but he also defeated 17 rivals to become Montjeu’s only classic winner over a mile, in the 2,000 Guineas.
With Montjeu as his sire and a grand-daughter of Mr Prospector as his dam, Camelot is bred on a similar pattern to Motivator, sire of the brilliant Treve. As Treve is out of a grand-daughter of DANZIG, this line merits serious consideration with Camelot. Therefore mares by such as ANABAA, GREEN DESERT, POLISH PRECEDENT and WAR FRONT are prime candidates.
Montjeu sired the Gr.2 winning 2yo Wading from a mare by GREEN DESERT, and Hurricane Run’s potentially smart son Bunker is another with a GREEN DESERT dam. Camelot should be ideal for daughters of OASIS DREAM, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, CAPE CROSS, DESERT PRINCE and DESERT STYLE.
In view of the growing number of good winners inbred to DANEHILL, mares by sons of this great stallion also come into the picture. Daughters of such as DANSILI, DANEHILL DANCER, ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, EXCEED AND EXCEL, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR and MOZART create only 4x3 to DANEHILL.
Montjeu sired Gr.1 winners in both hemispheres from GRAND LODGE mares, so daughters of SINNDAR are interesting (they produced 4x5 to TOP VILLE).
There is every reason to expect excellent results when Camelot is combined with the SHIRLEY HEIGHTS line, especially as Montjeu’s accomplished son Fame And Glory has a SHIRLEY HEIGHTS dam. A mare by DARSHAAN produced the Derby winner Pour Moi to Montjeu and two of Montjeu’s sons also have Gr.1 winners out of DARSHAAN mares.
Montjeu’s third dam was by ZEDDAAN and he has four Gr.1 winners with two lines of Zeddaan. The stallions involved include KALAMOUN, his sons BIKALA and KENMARE and his grandson KENDOR.
The BLUSHING GROOM line should work well with Camelot, as two other sons of Montjeu have sired very useful winners from RAINBOW QUEST mares. Montjeu sired the Derby winner Authorized from a mare by SAUMAREZ.
MR PROSPECTOR will be back in the fourth generation of Camelot’s foals, via KINGMAMBO. A second line is therefore attractive, in view of the scale of Montjeu’s success with other MR PROSPECTOR line stallions. He sired the Derby winner Motivator and the St Leger winner Leading Light from GONE WEST mares and the Irish Derby winner Frozen Fire from a WOODMAN mare. Montjeu also has the potentially high-class Geoffrey Chaucer out of a MACHIAVELLIAN mare, plus three Group winners from ZAFONIC mares.
LYPHARD sired the second dam of Authorized, while his sons PHARLY and BELLYPHA also sired the second dams of some of Montjeu’s Gr.1 winners. LINAMIX is the broodmare sire of the high-class Montmartre and also of the Gr.1 winning 2yo Ectot, a son of Hurricane Run.
Authorized, another of Montjeu’s Derby winners, has two black-type fillies out of GALILEO mares, including the classic-placed Rehn’s Nest, which are inbred 3x3 to SADLER’S WELLS. As there is also a Gr.1 winner whose grandsires are Galileo and Montjeu, Camelot could be considered for mares with SADLER’S WELLS blood.
The similarly-bred Motivator is showing promise with the STORM BIRD line, siring a Gr.2 winner from a BLUEBIRD mare and a Gr.3 winner from a CAT THIEF mare. Camelot will suit daughters of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY.
SHARPEN UP is a path to follow with Camelot, as he sired the second dams of Motivator and Hurricane Run. Hurricane Run and Motivator respectively have Group winners out of mares by DIESIS and by Diesis’ son ELMAAMUL. Montjeu’s top son St Nicholas Abbey is out of a mare by Kris’s son SURE BLADE.
Undefeated Champion 2YO in GB/Ire in 2011
1stRacing Post Trophy-Gr.1, Doncaster, by 2¼ lengths from Zip Top and Fencing.
1stMaiden, 8f., Leopardstown, by 2 lengths on debut.
Brilliant Champion 3YO in Europe in 2012
1stDerby Stakes-Gr.1, 12f., Epsom Downs, by 5 lengths from Main Sequence and Astrology.
1stIrish Derby-Gr.1, 12f., Curragh, by 2 lengths from Born To Sea and Light Heavy.
1st2,000 Guineas-Gr.1, 8f., Newmarket, by a neck from French Fifteen, Hermival and Trumpet Major.
2ndSt Leger Stakes-Gr.1, 14f., Doncaster, beaten just ¾ length by Encke.
Gr.1 performing 4YO on return from colic surgery
1stMooresbridge Stakes-Gr.3, 10f., Curragh, by 1¾ lengths from Triumphant and Parish Hall.
2ndTattersalls Gold Cup-Gr.1, 10½f., Curragh, beaten 1½ lengths by Al Kazeem.