Fabulous Camelot enjoyed his second G1 success in less than a week in New York on Saturday evening when Athena (3f Camelot-Cherry Hinton, by Green Desert) landed the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational.
Aidan O’Brien sent over the first-crop Camelot filly, who had raced just six days earlier at the Curragh, to capture the $1m event.
Ryan Moore was in the saddle and broke well, making his move as the field turned for home and running out an easy winner from Thewayiam.
“She’s a very straightforward filly,” said Moore.”She’s taken her racing very well. I rode her before the start of the year and all she’s done is improve tremendously. In her first out, I wasn’t sure what she could do. The second time I rode her, she really impressed me. This was the third time I’ve rode her (and the second time in a race) and I thought she was very impressive.”
T J Comerford represented the winning trainer and added: “She can probably go a bit farther as well but it’s great to get her going at a mile and a quarter and she can go a mile and a half in time. Ryan knew he had enough horse under him to do what he wanted. He just had to the press the button on her, and whenever he wanted her to go, she went.”
Camelot has enjoyed an incredible year and Athena was winning just six days after Latrobe (3c Camelot-Question Times, by Shamardal) landed the G1 Irish Derby victory
The following day, Italian 2,000 Guineas winner Wait Forever (3c Camelot-Mount McLeod, by Holy Roman Emperor), took the G3 Premio del Giubileo.
Meanwhile, Hunting Horn (3c Camelot-Mora Bai, by Indian Ridge) – one of Camelot’s two Royal Ascot winners this year – was also in action at Belmont on Saturday, finishing a good this in the $1.2m G1 Belmont Derby Invitational.
The fastest son of sire of sires Montjeu
An unbeaten G1 winning Champion 2yo with the speed to win a Guineas and the class and acceleration to win the Epsom Derby by 5 lengths, a run throughout which he stayed unbeaten.
Only the third horse since Nijinsky to land the Guineas/Derby double following Nashwan and Sea The Stars.
“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.” Aidan O’Brien
Yearlings in 2017 sold for €380,000, €350,000, €280,000, €235,000, €215,000, €205,000, €200,000 etc.
Top performers already include…
- Latrobe – G1 Irish Derby winner for Joseph O’Brien.
- Fighting Irish – 3-time winner including the G2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte for trainer Harry Dunlop. Placed in the G2 German 2,000 Guineas.
- Pollara – dual winner including the G3 Prix de Royaumont at Chantilly. Finished runner-up in the Listed Prix de la Seine at Longchamp.
- Hunting Horn – dual winner including the G3 Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot & placed in the G3 Classic Trial at Sandown.
- Wait Forever – Dual G3 winner including the Italian 2,000 Guineas.
- Arthur Kitt – dual winner including the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot for Tom Dascombe
- Alounak – 3-time winner including the Listed Junioren-Preis & Listed Grafenberger Derby Trial for trainer Jean-Pierre Carvalho. Runner-up in the G2 Prix Greffulhe.
- Naturally High – dual winner including the Listed Prix de Suresnes for Pascal Barry.
- Athena – maiden winner & third in the G1 Pretty Polly Stakes.
- King Of Camelot won the Prix de Saint-Cyr Les Vignes for Andre Fabre. Finished runner-up in the Listed Prix de L’Arve, third in the G3 Prix de Conde & G3 Prix du Lys.
- Alhadab won the Prix Christian Rollet for Andre Fabre. Finished runner-up in the G3 Prix Noailles & Listed Criterium de Lyon. Also placed in the G2 Prix Greffulhe.
- Merlin Magic – dual winner & finished fourth in the G2 Dante Stakes.
- Stella Di Camelot – winner on debut & placed in the G3 Italian 1,000 Guineas.
- Whirling Dervish – impressive 6-length maiden winner & third in the Listed Yeats Stakes at Navan.
- Amazing Lips – runner-up in the G3 Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud.