Luxembourg Adds Group 1 To Unbeaten Record
Luxembourg (2c Camelot - Attire, by Danehill Dancer) extended his unbeaten record with an authoritative success in Saturday’s Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy.
An impressive winner on debut in July, the Aidan O’Brien-trained bay could hardly have been more impressive when taking the Group 2 Beresford Stakes last month. The 2022 Epsom Derby favourite headed the market at Doncaster, where he was partnered by Ryan Moore on the outside of the field and was pushed along to lead after the two furlong marker. Quickening clear, he kept on strongly to win by a length and three quarters, as the Donnacha O’Brien-trained Sissoko (Australia) claimed runners-up honours.
The best is yet to come from Luxembourg, with Moore saying, “I'm delighted with him. He's a real smart horse and real scopey. He's an exciting horse and I think there's more improvement in him.”
Luxembourg became a tenth winner of the race for Aidan O’Brien, who trained his sire Camelot to win the 2011 renewal. On his latest winner, O’Brien commented, “He’s a lovely horse — a big cruiser. You couldn’t be happier with him and he’s still a little bit of a baby. He’s going to be exciting, definitely.” As for future plans, he said, “It’s very possible he could start in the Guineas but the lads will decide what they want to do.”
A 150,000gns yearling purchased by MV Magnier, Luxembourg is owned by Westerberg, Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. The son of Camelot was bred by Ben Sangster and is a half-brother to Group 2 scorer Leo De Fury (Australia). A full-brother to Luxembourg sold to MV Magnier for €1.2million at last month’s Goffs Orby Sale.