Lot 68 b g Camelot – Chorus of Angels (Rock of Gibraltar) $200,000 (draft: Curraghmore)
He is a horse with a truly international pedigree, from the first Australian bred crop of champion three-year-old colt in Europe and Great Britain, Camelot (Montjeu).
“He really impressed me in his breeze up as a staying type of horse, a real Derby type,” said David Ellis.
“He’s a very nice style of horse that moves well and his dam sire Rock of Gibraltar was a champion racehorse and sire for Coolmore, Ireland, that is doing a very good job as a broodmare sire.”
Rock of Gibraltar (Danehill) was the 2002 European Champion, setting a world record when winning seven Group Ones in a row.
“He is by the very exciting young stallion Camelot, who is probably one of the best racehorses that Coolmore has ever brought to Australia,” Ellis said. “And Camelot is by Montjeu, who had a lot of success when standing at stud in New Zealand.”
This horse has a very nice Danehill influence in his pedigree: on the dam side of his sire, Camelot, and through Rock of Gibraltar on his dam side.
“Being a staying type, he is a horse we wouldn’t want to rush,” Ellis said. “We would likely give him a break after the sale and prepare him as a later two-year-old, gearing up for races like the Waikato Guineas, Avondale Guineas, and New Zealand Derby, following a similar path as Gingernuts did as a three-year-old.
From Curraghmore, Te Akau has previously purchased high-quality gallopers Heroic Valour (Fastnet Rock) and Rockfast (Fastnet Rock).