Epsom next June may be a long way off but there was already talk of the 2012 Derby after the Montjeu colt Camelot (2c Montjeu-Tarfah, by Kingmambo) made a hugely impressive winning debut on Leopardstown on Thursday night.
There had been plenty of whispers about the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt, a 525,000 guineas yearling, before the race and even more afterwards following his facile two-length maiden success.
Bookmakers are making Camelot favourite to give Montjeu a fourth Epsom Derby success in eight years and winning rider Joseph O’Brien was impressed with his mount.
“That was nice. He couldn’t have done it much easier. If they were all that easy it would be a very simple job. He got a little bit tired as well late on, so he should improve plenty,” the jockey told the Racing Post.
Camelot was bred by Sheikh Abdulla bin Isa Al-Khalifa out of the G3 Dahlia Stakes winner Tarfah.