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Camelot winning the first of his two Derbys

Bloodstock Bites

Tue, 03 July 2012

Ireland’s third Classic of the season remained on home turf as Ballydoyle sent out their seventh consecutive winner of the race; earlier in the week, seven also proved to be a lucky number for Cheveley Park’s Pivotal.

  • Montjeu collected a third Classic title this season after his unbeaten son Camelot added the Irish Derby to an already outstanding race record. In completing the British-Irish Derby double, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt became the fourth son of Montjeu to claim the Curragh middle-distance Classic following paternal siblings Fame And Glory, Frozen Fire and Hurricane Run. Saturday’s addition to the prize pot helped Montjeu to the top of the leading British and Irish sire’s table, ahead of reigning Champion and former stablemate Galileo. Trained by John Hammond, Montjeu won the race himself back in 1999 by five lengths; from his base at Coolmore, the son of Sadler’s Wells has 25 Group/Grade 1 winners to his name so far, with Camelot and his sibling’s continuing success further underlining what a loss his death earlier this year is to the bloodstock industry. 
  • Yet another descendant of the outstanding mare Reprocolour earned a Group 1 title on Sunday when 2011 Oaks third Izzi Top claimed the Curragh’s Pretty Polly Stakes. A daughter of Prix de l’Opera winner Zee Zee Top (Zafonic), the John Gosden-trained filly hails from an illustrious family which includes Champion stayer Kayf Tara (Sadler’s Wells) and his three-time Group 1 winning full-brother Opera House. It had also been a good week for Izzi Top’s sire Pivotal who, for the seventh year running, won the Barleythorpe Stud Silver Cup at the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Annual Awards. Given to the British-based sire who records the highest number of individual winners, David and Patricia Thompson’s homebred has now won the award on eight occasions in total, and at the time of writing was leading once again. Sunday’s race provided a 1-2 for Cheveley Park Stud, whose fellow homebred Medicean sired the runner-up Sapphire.
  • Another member of the Reprocolor dynasty, Caspar Netscher, was in action on Sunday in search of a first Group 1 title, but the German Classic winner had to settle for sixth in Chantilly’s Prix Jean Prat after Aesop’s Fables (Distorted Humor), from the family of Derby winner Lammtarra, quickened well in the closing stages to win by a length from Gregorian (Clodovil).
  • While New Approach may be man of the moment at Darley following a dream week at Royal Ascot, Kildangan Stud resident Manduro enjoyed his own hat-trick courtesy of three first crop runners, all in a single afternoon. Fractional, now the winner of two from two, opened proceedings on Wednesday (27th) in a conditions race for three-year-old colts and geldings at Maisons-Laffitte. That evening Mysterious Man got off the mark after a handful of near misses in a Bath Maiden for Andrew Balding, before Millibar returned to the victory of her first win to win a five and a half furlong classified stakes race at the course.
  • Dawn Approach, the first of three juvenile Royal Ascot winners for New Approach last week, hit the headlines again after Godolphin bought a majority share in the colt. Now unbeaten in four starts and currently favourite for next year’s 2,000 Guineas, the Coventry Stakes winner will remain in training with Jim Bolger for the rest of this season, while future plans have yet to be finalised.
  • Bodemeister (Empire Maker), winner of the Arkansas Derby and twice a gallant second to I’ll Have Another (Flower Alley), will stand at WinStar Farm upon retiring from racing. The Kentucky Stud is currently home to 14 stallions, including Distorted Humor, Tiznow and Super Saver, whose first foals arrived this season.
  • Tattersalls Ireland enjoyed strong returns following its two day Derby sale, and though average and aggregate were unable to match those in 2011, this came as no surprise given the frenetic trade witnessed 12 months ago. With 425 lots going under the hammer to earn a combined total of €9,412,750 and post an improved clearance rate, results from the sale were punctuated by a top lot of €250,000. Bought by Henry De Bromhead, the Scorpion gelding out of Fair Present (Presenting) was consigned by Abbey Stables. Day One of the sale also enjoyed two lots selling for €130,000; the first, Venitien De Mai (Network), was also bought by De Bromhead on behalf of Alan Potts, while Scorpion enjoyed another session topper after his son hit the mark when knocked down to Aiden Murphy.
  • Chilworth Icon, who provided his freshman sire Sixties Icon with a first black-type win after a close victory in Epsom’s Listed Woodcote Stakes, went one better on Sunday when making a successful trip to San Siro for the Group 3 Primi Passi. The Mick Channon-trained colt, last seen when fifth in the Listed Chesham Stakes behind Tha’ir, encountered some traffic problems but took the lead a furlong from home before being driven out to win by a neck from local hope Tiger Day (Tiger Hill).