Lord Arthur On Derby Path18 Jan 2019
The impeccably bred Lord Arthur could well embark on a Derby path if he can win the $40,000 Gazely Mercedes Benz Premier at Trentham tomorrow. By Camelot from Broodmare of the Year Imposingly, Lord Arthur is a half-brother to Horse of the Year Bonneval, and Group winners Imposing Lass, Lady Cumquat and Full of Spirit and is raced by his breeders Peter Newsom, Mac Whitehouse, and Tony Wales after the horse was passed in for $110,000 as a yearling.
Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Lord Arthur had his first start in August over an unsuitable 1100m at Te Rapa where he was well back in the running and made ground well for sixth. Spelled after this debut outing Lord Arthur returned to the races in December with an impressive victory over 1400m at Rotorua and hinted that he may well have inherited some of the family ability.
The benefit of a trip away and the winner’s share of the $40,000 stake (if successful) would go a long way to ‘ticking the boxes’ for the Vodafone NZ Derby in March and there is no better stable equipped at getting a three-year-old to a classic race than the Baker/Forsman stable.
Lord Arthur’s sire Camelot was an outstanding racehorse winning six of his ten starts including The Two Thousand Guineas, The Derby, Irish Derby, and the Racing Post Trophy – while the son of Montjeu went within a neck of winning the Triple Crown in England when beaten 0.75 lengths in the St Leger. Camelot was rated the Champion 2YO colt of England of Ireland in 2011 and Champion 3YO Colt of Europe in 2012.
As a sire Camelot has made a great start to his stud career in the northern hemisphere with 13 stakes winners (7.1%) from his first two crops of racing age while he has had 20 winners from his first southern hemisphere crop which are now three-year-olds.« Back