The bright 2-year-old and triple classic winner Camelot is now retired from the racecourse and is standing at Coolmore for 2014’s breeding season. Montjeu’s colt was training for the Breeders’ Cup Turf but pulled up lame pulling from the morning training run. Even though his injury was not serious, it would lay him up long enough to pass up this all-important race.
Camelot was bred by Sheikh Abdulla Al-Khalifa. He was purchased as a yearling at Newmarket and was the top priced cold in training at Ballydoyle. Camelot is owned by Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor. He is by Montjeu, out of Tarfah by Kingmambo. Among his best races are the Guineas, Epsom Derby, Irish Derby and Mooresbridge Stakes.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien speaks fondly about Camelot. He says,
From the very first time we saw him at the sales we just loved him. He was the perfect racehorse, a beautiful horse with a terrific action. Speed, class and a super-intelligent horse to go with it – he had it all.
Camelot had his problems battling colic. Before the colic operation, Camelot showed his unmistakable brilliance on the racecourse. To his fans and connections, it is disappointing that Camelot won’t get the chance to run.
Now his abilities may well unfold in the stud barn and his progeny.
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