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  • 15:15 High Chaparral European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes 1m 2f

  • (Group 3) €72,500 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €47,125 2nd €13,775 3rd €6,525 4th €2,175
  • Going: Good to Yielding (Round) Yielding, Soft In places (Straight)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 16.27s
  • Off time: 15:17:40

Camelot made a successful return in the Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh

Last Updated: 06/05/13 4:30pm

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Camelot makes a winning reappearance at the Curragh

Camelot makes a winning reappearance at the Curragh

Camelot made a successful return to action in the High Chaparral European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's colt won the 2000 Guineas and both the English and Irish Derbies during a spectacular first half of his three-year-old campaign, but was narrowly denied Triple Crown glory in the St Leger at Doncaster.

He disappointed on his final start of the year in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and was subsequently found to be suffering from colic, but was still the red-hot 1/3 favourite to take this Group Three prize on his four-year-old debut.

The presence of the Jim Bolger-trained Parish Hall, a horse good enough to win the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket as a juvenile, added spice to the contest as he appeared to retain plenty of ability when winning on his return from a long lay-off in the Alleged Stakes.

Camelot was settled last of the five runners in the early stages, with his stable companion Triumphant adopting a pacesetting role as anticipated. Joseph O'Brien eased the market leader closer once straightened up for home and it was clear he was travelling far easier than his opponents.

O'Brien junior had to shake up his mount, but did not resort to his whip, and Camelot quickened smartly to run to the lead. Triumphant kept going to finish second, with Parish Hall slightly disappointing in third.

"We're delighted. He had massive colic surgery over the winter and it was his first time back so you're never sure," the winning trainer told At The Races.

"It was major open surgery, and after the surgery is a massive time. He went to Coolmore and was not with us for months. I was surprised at the shape he was in when he came back - that surgery is massive and we are lucky to have him."

"He has the speed and the ability and Joseph said he'll improve a lot fitness wise and felt he was 70% fit today. The Tattersalls Gold Cup is the plan, you'd imagine there's plenty of improvement.

"The plan was always to come here, the Tattersalls and the Prince Of Wales's at Royal Ascot but we'll take it one race at a time."

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