Camelot Installed Favourite
Tara Madgwick - Saturday, 4 March 2017
Fresh from good success at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale earlier this week, Epsom Derby winner Camelot (GB) has been installed as favourite to be the leading first season sire by number of individual winners in Britain and Ireland during the 2017 turf season, that stretches from March 26 to November 11.

RaceBets leading first-season sires by number of winners : 9-4 Camelot, 10-3 Dawn Approach, 11-2 Declaration Of War, 7 Society Rock, 10 Epaulette, 11 Lethal Force, 12 Red Jazz, 14 Havana Gold, 16 Intello, 20 Swiss Spirit, 20 Most Improved (win bets only)

CamelotThe above market features several other stallions with their first progeny being offered in australia this year in Dawn Approach, Declaration of War and Epaulette.

"We concluded that Camelot deserved to head the market for numerous reasons," said RaceBets' Joseph Burke. "He was an atypical Montjeu in that he won his two-year-old maiden as early as July and although that was over a mile, he proceeded to win the 2,000 Guineas on his three-year-old debut.

"In doing so he became only the second son of Montjeu to win at the top level over a mile or shorter as a three-year-old or older. The fact that the only other horse to achieve that feat is leading young New Zealand-based sire Tavistock further strengthens Camelot's chances.

"He had the class to stay the Derby trip and came so very close to winning the Triple Crown, but crucially his most potent asset was his ability to quicken off a strong pace."

"Dawn Approach's chances of making a big impact are very evident. Having made his debut on the opening day of the Irish flat season in March, he remained unbeaten in six starts culminating in two Group 1 wins.

"He too won the 2000 Guineas on his seasonal debut, by five lengths in a very good time, and will always be remembered for bouncing back from an unfortunate experience at Epsom to win the St James' Palace Stakes just 17 days later, again recording an excellent time. That was an amazing achievement by his trainer and breeder, and Jim Bolger will obviously be key to his success as a stallion as well."

Burke added: "Declaration of War retired as the most expensive of these stallions and is well represented numbers wise and he is followed by Society Rock, a sire whom the yearling buyers were very fond of last year.

"As a close-relation to one of last years Leading First-Season Sire's Helmet, Epaulette will be expected to make a mark this year and Red Jazz, Lethal Force and Havana Gold all have chances too. The fact that Most Improved and Swiss Spirit, are available at 20/1 is evidence of how competitive the competition promises to be in 2017."

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