It was by only three-quarters of a length that Camelot failed to become the first Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky in 1970. 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. Montjeu also sired three winners of France’s top mile-and-a-half test for three-year-olds, the Grand Prix de Paris, and two of the AJC Australian Derby. It was his speed which makes Camelot so 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.
With Montjeu as his sire and a grand-daughter of Mr Prospector as his dam, Camelot is bred on a similar pattern to Motivator, sire of the brilliant Treve. As Treve is out of a grand-daughter of DANZIG, by ANABAA, this line merits serious consideration with Camelot. Therefore consider mares by such as GREEN DESERT, POLISH PRECEDENT and WAR FRONT. Three sons of Montjeu have Group winners out of ANABAA mares, so this is a compelling option.
Montjeu sired Gr.1 winner Bracelet and Gr.2 winner Wading from a mare by GREEN DESERT. Camelot should be ideal for OASIS DREAM, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT and CAPE CROSS mares. Daughters of SEA THE STARS should reinforce Camelot’s classic potential. Camelot’s first yearlings included a 260,000gns colt out of an OASIS DREAM mare.
Several of Camelot’s high-priced yearlings were inbred 4×3 to DANEHILL. They included a 400,000gns colt out of a DANSILI mare, while DANEHILL DANCER sired the dams of yearlings which sold for 330,000gns and 270,000gns.
Montjeu sired Gr.1 winners in both hemispheres from GRAND LODGE mares.
Expect excellent results when Camelot is combined with the SHIRLEY HEIGHTS line. Montjeu’s accomplished son Fame And Glory has a SHIRLEY HEIGHTS dam, a mare by DARSHAAN produced the Derby winner Pour Moi and another produced the Australian Gr.1 winner Offer. Two of Montjeu’s sons have Gr.1 winners with DARSHAAN mares. Montjeu has four Gr.1 winners from the ZEDDAAN line. The stallions involved are KALAMOUN, his sons BIKALA and KENMARE and his grandson KENDOR.
Sons of Montjeu have sired Gr.3 winners from RAINBOW QUEST mares, plus others from daughters of RAHY and QUEST TO FAME. Montjeu sired Authorized from a mare by SAUMAREZ, a son of RAINBOW QUEST, and also had stakes winners with mares by ARAZI, NASHWAN, RAHY and RAINBOW QUEST. Camelot’s first yearlings included a 300,000gns colt with a dam by SPECTRUM.
A second line of MR PROSPECTOR is attractive in view of the scale of Montjeu’s success with that line. Motivator and Leading Light are 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.
Authorized has two black-type fillies out of GALILEO mares, including the classic-placed Rehn’s Nest, which are inbred 3×3 to SADLER’S WELLS. There is also a Gr.1 winning juvenile whose grandsires are Galileo and Montjeu. Camelot’s first yearlings out of GALILEO mares included a €320,000 filly and a €200,000 colt.
Montjeu also had three talented winners out of mares by PEINTRE CELEBRE, a son of NUREYEV.
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 sons have Group winners out of mares by SELKIRK, TREMPOLINO, DIESIS and by Diesis’ son ELMAAMUL. Montjeu’s top son St Nicholas Abbey was out of a mare by Kris’s son SURE BLADE. HALLING mares are another option.
Mares by PENNEKAMP, a son of BERING, produced the Gr.1 winner Jan Vermeer to Montjeu. Another son of Montjeu has a Gr.3 winner out of a BERING mare. Camelot’s €360,000 yearling colt has a dam by BERING.
AHONOORA line mares could be a good match, as three other sons of Montjeu have Group winners from them. The stallions involved include INCHINOR, INDIAN RIDGE and DR DEVIOUS.
Undefeated Champion 2YO in GB/Ire in 2011
Brilliant Champion 3YO in Europe in 2012
Gr.1 performing 4YO on return from colic surgery