Camelot off the mark at Saint-Cloud

Former Coolmore Stud shuttler Camelot sired his first winner when Stella Di Camelot opened her account on debut at Saint-Cloud on Sunday.

Up with the pace from the start, the Gianluca Bietolini-trained filly never seemed in trouble and, as the race entered its closing stages, she stuck on resiliently to win by half a length in the Prix Rose Royale (1200m)

Stella Di Camelot (2f Camelot – Star Force by Blu Air Force) is from a half-sister to Italian Champion 2YO Colt Blu Constellation who landed the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte.

“I wanted to breed more stamina into the family and I adored Camelot – he was such a beautiful mover,” owner-breeder Stefano Luciani said. “Star Force is not in foal this year but she has a yearling colt by Worthadd.

“We also bred the damsire Blu Air Force. My father was president of the Italian Breeders’ Association and as a family we all have the same passion.”

Camelot (Montjeu) had a glittering Group 1 career winning the Racing Post Trophy, English 2000 Guineas, English Derby and Irish Derby. He narrowly missed out on becoming the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to land the English Triple Crown when going down by just three-quarters of a length to Encke in the 2012 St Leger.

He shuttled for a sole southern book to Coolmore Stud’s Hunter Valley base in 2014. His first Australian-bred yearlings sold up to $280,000 (Heywood B’stock), $250,000 (Ciaron Maher) and $250,000 (David Ellis) at the 2017 majors.