First taste of stakes success for pair of first-season sires
Camelot and Intello are both Classic winners
For all the Group race action from Chantilly, Haydock and Irish Champions Weekend over the last few days - with Sunday being the busiest day of the European Pattern this year - it should not be overlooked that the Classic-winning pair Camelot and Intello both registered their first stakes scorers as sires.
Camelot kicked things off on Sunday when his son Alounak, trained by Jean-Pierre Carvalho and ridden by Marc Lerner, won the Listed Junioren-Preis over a mile at Dusseldorf.
Alounak was sold by Brendan Holland's Grove Stud for €120,000 privately at the Arqana August Yearling Sale, and is the first foal out of the unraced Rail Link mare Awe Struck - a three-quarters sister to the 2011 Matron Stakes winner Emulous.
Awe Struck is also related in the same way to the Listed-winning Daring Diva, dam of Group 2 winner Brooch and Group 2-placed Caponata.
Camelot won the Racing Post trophy at two, and came agonisingly close to being the first horse since Nijinsky in 1970 to complete the Triple Crown, getting to within three quarters of a length of Encke in the St Leger.
The son of Montjeu also won the Irish Derby and was second to Al Kazeem in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at four. He was subsequently retired to Coolmore Stud at a fee of €25,000 for the first three years, which increased to €35,000 for the latest breeding season.
His most expensive yearling to date is the twice-raced Christopher Robin, a 400,000gns Book 1 purchase who was second to subsequent Group 3 winner Nelson on debut.
The first of only two winners for her sire to date, Sonjeu is becoming something of a flagbearer for the 2013 Prix du Jockey Club winner Intello, having won the 6½f Listed Prix Saraca at Maisons-Laffitte on Monday to become his first stakes winner.
The Christophe Ferland-trained filly has now won three of her four starts to date.
Bought by the Wertheimer brothers - who bred and owned Intello - for €75,000 at Arqana, Sonjeu is out of the Montjeu mare Wait And See, a talented three-parts sister to Group 3 Prix Allez France scorer Daksha.
The top-rated colt in Europe at three, Intello also finished third in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Prix Jacques Le Marois and the Arc.
Intello stood his first two seasons at Cheveley Park Stud, and will return there next year after completing two seasons at Haras du Quesnay, where he commanded a fee of €25,000.
His joint most-expensive yearling last year was Gabr, a 300,000gns Book 1 purchase who has finished second on his two starts to date for Sir Michael Stoute. The colt is entered for the Royal Lodge and the Dewhurst Stakes in the coming weeks.