Is Camelot the Next High Chaparral?
Tara Madgwick - Wednesday July 11
You would have to have been living under a stone to have missed the burgeoning success of exciting young 'classic' type sire Camelot (GB) in recent weeks, which got us thinking about his rising three year-olds in Australia and one in particular that stood out at the Rosehill trials on Monday morning.

CamelotPrecocious enough to win the Group I Doncaster Racing Post Trophy at two, classy and brilliant enough to win the Group I Newmarket Two Thousand Guineas at three, Camelot then settled into his comfort zone to win the Epsom and Irish Derbies and retired to Coolmore as the horse most likely to continue the success of his mighty sire Montjeu, who died in 2012.

Camelot might have been a hard sell for Coolmore in Australia at his only season at Jerry's Plains at 2014 (he covered 104 mares at $22,000), but in Europe he's been given good opportunity and has grabbed the bit in no uncertain terms.

With his oldest Northern Hemisphere bred progeny just three year-olds, Camelot has produced nine stakes-winners, six of them Group winners headed by his Group I winners Latrobe (Irish Derby) and Athena (Belmont Oaks). Camelot is the leading second crop sire in Europe and has put himself up there with some of the best sires in the world on the leading European 3YO Sires List as below courtesy of Racing Post.



Results like that will have Australian breeders wondering whether Camelot might be the next High Chaparral? A high class Sadler's Wells line horse that works in Australasia.

The next 12 months will hold the answer to that question as we see the Australian bred Camelot offspring go forward as three year-olds and one of them, a filly called Re Edit caught my eye at the Rosehill trials on Monday morning.

Re Edit as a yearlingTrained by Chris Waller for Katsumi Yoshida, she was the most expensive Camelot yearling sold in 2017 when fetching $340,000 for Arrowfield Stud at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Ridden by James McDonald she showed enough pace to take a position behind the leader and completed the 904 metre trial under her own steam to be a comfortable second.

Re Edit is a half-sister to Group III placed Teodora and is from Group III place So Divine, a full sister to High Chaparral's dual Group I winner Monaco Consul.

It's a pedigree that screams Oaks filly and her close up (3 x 3) double cross of Sadler's Wells is not dissimilar to that of 2017 European Horse of the Year Enable.

If her ability matches her page, she's in the right stable as Chris Waller has shown a real knack for getting the best out of staying fillies, so mark down Re Edit as a horse to follow in 2019.