Well-Bred Camelot Colt Gains First Stakes Success
Downdraft (4c Camelot - Cinnamon Rose, by Trempolino) became the latest Stakes winner by his sire when taking the Listed Lenebane Stakes at Roscommon in the colours of OTI Racing.
Monday saw the Joseph O’Brien-trained colt sent off favourite following a fine run at Royal Ascot, where he was beaten less than four lengths in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes, despite not getting a clear run. Reunited with Donnacha O’Brien, the bay tracked the leader for much of the way and was travelling well two furlongs out, from which he was ridden to lead a furlong later. He was ridden out to hold off a challenge by Massif Central, prevailing by half a length on the line.
The winning jockey later commented,"Downdraft has a nice little turn of foot. They went very slow and I was happy just to sit on him and when I asked him to quicken he did it smartly for me.”
Bred by Airlie Stud, Downdraft is a half-brother to Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Chelsea Rose, also known as the dam of dual Group 1 winner Kew Gardens (Galileo) and Prix Maurice de Gheest runner-up Thawaany.
Camelot stands at a fee of €40,000 in 2019.