First Winner for Camelot
Tara Madgwick - Monday, 3 July 2017

Epsom Derby hero Camelot stood for just one season at Coolmore Australia and will have his first runners here in the new season, so it's interesting to see him off the mark with his first Northern Hemisphere winner at Saint-Cloud in France overnight.

Vincent Cheminaud was aboard the Gianluca Bietolini-trained Stella di Camelot as they took control after turning for home in the six-furlong maiden, eventually prevailing by a cosy half length.

Home-bred by Stefano Luciani, Stella Di Camelot is out of a sibling to top Italian juvenile Blu Constellation and comes from the family of Oratorio.

"I wanted to breed more stamina into the family and I adored Camelot, who was such a beautiful mover and had plenty of ability to win at eight furlongs and further. I fell in love with him," Luciani told the Racing Post.

Camelot"The filly relaxed very well. It's important that she had the ability to win over six furlongs over this track, which is not easy. She's an interesting filly and, although it is too early to say what she can do, this is a very good start."

The great Camelot was an unbeaten Group I winning Champion two-year-old with the speed to win the 2,000 Guineas and the class and acceleration to win the Derby by 5 lengths.

The son of Monteju had 78 foals in his one and only Australian crop conceived at a fee of $22,000 and they sold for up to $340,000 as yearlings.


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