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Posted 2017-09-12 12:20:25  

Coolmore Stud’s exciting young sire Camelot (Montjeu) was represented by his first stakes winner as a stallion when his son Alounak won the Listed Grosser Preis von Engel & Volkers Dusseldorf-93rd Junioren-Preis over a mile at Dusseldorf on Sunday.

Alounak, who has now won two of just three outings, ran on strongly to register his first black type victory on Sunday.
He is one of seven first crop winners for his sire Camelot, who had a 2017 stud fee of €35 000.

Camelot, a champion at two and three, is one of four Gr1 Investec Derby winners sired by French champion and six time Gr1 winner Montjeu. Montjeu’s earlier Derby winners included Pour Moi, whose son Wings Of Eagles won the 2017 Gr1 Investec Derby at the lucrative odds of 40-1.

The only 2000 Guineas winner for Montjeu, Camelot, unbeaten in two starts as a two-year-old, won six of his 10 outings and earned just £2 000 000 in prize money. His most impressive performance came when Camelot romped to a five length win over subsequent US Champion and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Main Sequence (Aldebaran) in the 2012 Investec Derby. In the process, his trainer Aidan O’Brien and rider Joseph O’Brien became the first father and son combination to win the Epsom Derby.

Camelot’s other notable victories included the 2011 Gr1 Racing Post Trophy and the following year’s Gr1 Irish Derby. But for a neck defeat at the hands of Encke (Kingmambo), Camelot would have been a Triple Crown winner.
He also won the Gr3 High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes and was second to four time Gr1 winner Al Kazeem (Dubawi) in the 2013 Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Camelot is out of the Gr3 Dahlia Stakes winner Tarfah (Kingmambo)

His 17th dam is none other than the great mare Kincsem (Cambuscan), who was unbeaten in 54 outings.

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