June 30, 2012
Superstar Camelot (3c Montjeu-Tarfah, by Kingmambo) battled through the testing ground at the Curragh on Saturday night to win the G1 Irish…View Article
It was by only three-quarters of a length that Camelot failed to become the first Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky in 1970 and only the second since Bahram in 1935. His sire Montjeu has been one of the greatest classic influences of modern times, with Camelot ranking as one of his four winners of the Derby and four winners of the Irish Derby. Camelot was exceptional. Not only did he cruise to victory in the Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy at two, but he also defeated 17 rivals to become Montjeu’s only classic winner over a mile, in the 2,000 Guineas.
Camelot is bred on a similar pattern to Motivator, sire of the brilliant Treve. As Treve is out of a grand-daughter of DANZIG, this line merits serious consideration with Camelot. Even though Camelot has a second dam by Danehill, DANZIG will be back in the fifth generation of his foals’ pedigrees. Therefore mares by such as GREEN DESERT, ANABAA, POLISH PRECEDENT and WAR FRONT create only 5×3 to DANZIG. Altogether three sons of Montjeu have Group winners out of ANABAA mares.
Montjeu sired Bracelet and Wading from a mare by GREEN DESERT, and Hurricane Run’s talented son Bunker is another with a GREEN DESERT dam. Camelot should be ideal for daughters of OASIS DREAM, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, CAPE CROSS, DESERT PRINCE and DESERT STYLE. A Montjeu mare already produced a Gr.1-winning miler to INVINCIBLE SPIRIT.
In view of the growing number of good winners inbred to DANEHILL, mares by sons of this great stallion also come into the picture. Montjeu mares produced the top-class Legatissimo to DANEHILL DANCER and the American Gr.1 winner Obviously to his son CHOISIR.
Montjeu sired Gr.1 winners in both hemispheres from GRAND LODGE mares, so daughters of SINNDAR are interesting.
Expect excellent results when Camelot is combined with the SHIRLEY HEIGHTS line, especially as Montjeu’s accomplished son Fame And Glory has a SHIRLEY HEIGHTS dam. A mare by DARSHAAN produced the Derby winner Pour Moi to Montjeu. Two of Montjeu’s sons also have Gr.1 winners out of DARSHAAN mares.
The BLUSHING GROOM line should work very well with Camelot, as sons of Montjeu have sired Gr.3 winners from RAINBOW QUEST mares, plus others from daughters of RAHY and QUEST TO FAME. Montjeu sired the Derby winner Authorized from a mare by SAUMAREZ, a son of RAINBOW QUEST.
MR PROSPECTOR will be back in the fourth generation of Camelot’s foals, via KINGMAMBO. A second line is therefore attractive, in view of the scale of Montjeu’s success with other MR PROSPECTOR line stallions. He sired Motivator and Leading Light from GONE WEST mares, Gallante and Geoffrey Chaucer from MACHIAVELLIAN mares and Frozen Fire from a WOODMAN mare. Montjeu has three Group winners from ZAFONIC mares.
LYPHARD sired the second dam of Authorized, while his sons PHARLY and BELLYPHA also sired the second dams of some of Montjeu’s Gr.1 winners. LINAMIX is the broodmare sire of the high-class Montmartre and also of the very smart Ectot, a son of Hurricane Run.
The similarly-bred Motivator is showing promise with the STORM BIRD line, siring a Gr.2 winner from a BLUEBIRD mare and a Gr.3 winner from a CAT THIEF mare.
SHARPEN UP is a path to follow with Camelot, as he sired the second dams of Motivator and Hurricane Run. Montjeu’s top son St Nicholas Abbey was out of a mare by Kris’s son SURE BLADE.
AHONOORA line mares could be a good match, as three other sons of Montjeu have stakes winners from them.
Undefeated Champion 2YO in GB/Ire in 2011
Brilliant Champion 3YO in Europe in 2012
Gr.1 performing 4YO on return from colic surgery