Classic winner and French Derby hope for Camelot
A string of European Classic contenders have emerged for Camelot in recent months and the first of those put to the test passed with flying colours on Sunday.
Wait Forever (3c Camelot-Mount Mcleod, by Holy Roman Emperor) lined up in the Italian 2,000 Guineas (G3 Premio Parioli) in Rome and enjoyed a trouble-free passage to win by three-quarters of a length.
Bred by the Morrin family’s Pier House Stud in Ireland, Wait Forever is trained by Alduino and Stefano Botti for Felice Villa of Scuderia Effevi.
Villa told EBN: “Wait Forever had a troubled trip in the Premio Pisa, but won like a very good colt. I was very confident before the race and he ran well, as expected. He is very good but I don’t think he will stay the Derby Italiano trip”.
A Camelot colt who could prove as good is Naturally High (3c Camelot-Just Little, by Grand Slam), who is being pointed at the G1 Prix du Jockey Club after an outing at Paris-Longchamp on Sunday.
Trainer Pascal Bary revealed that he holds the three-year-old in very high regard after he won the Listed Prix de Suresnes (pictured).
“I thought that he ran very well and he will go to the Prix du Jockey Club on June 3,” said Bary.
A €120,000 yearling bred by Oceanic Bloodstock and Mme A Gravereaux, Naturally High is owned Jean-Louis Bouchard.