Camelot Stayer Wins Andrew Ramsden Stakes and a Melbourne Cup Start

Tara Madgwick - Saturday May 14

Coolmore’s Epsom Derby winner Camelot is one of the go to sires for Australian investors seeking European tried horses and young staying prospects and he delivered the goods for Lloyd and Nick Williams and their partners again at Flemington on Saturday when lightly raced 4YO Point Nepean (IRE) won the Listed VRC Andrew Ramsden Stakes (2800m).

Point Nepean wins the Andrew Ramsden - image Grant Courtney

The winner of the Andrew Ramsden secures an automatic start in the Melbourne Cup, so trainer Robert Hickmott can now sit back and relax to plot an ideal path to the first Tuesday in November.

Point Nepean won on debut at Navan in Ireland last year for Joseph O’Brien and then had one more start before coming out to Australia.

He won at Bendigo and Caulfield before coming to Flemington and under a cool ride from Alana Kelly scored a three-quarter length win at just his seventh start.

“It's amazing, it's a great credit to all of our team up at Macedon. This horse has really come forward over the last two or three  months. You don't see them win like that very often, particularly an inexperienced horse against seasoned stayers,” said Nick Williams.

"He's got all the right traits. The horse he  reminds me of a little bit is Almandin.

“He was very raw and the unfinished article and this horse is a bit the same, albeit younger and in lower grade.

“Where he's come from this preparation, the world's his oyster. He's a genuine two-miler, he was strong on the line today, he was strong on the line at Caulfield and going forward he can make himself known on Cup day."

Point Nepean has secured his start in the Melbourne Cup - image Grant Courtney

Point Nepean was bought by Joseph O’Brien for 65,000 guineas at the 2019 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book Two and is the best of two winners from Sea Goddess, a half-sister by Galileo to Group I winner Pure Champion from the family Group I SAJC Adelaide Cup winner Water Boatman.

He is the 44th stakes-winner for Camelot and is interesting as he is the third stakes-winner from just nine runners for Camelot bred from a daughter of Galileo joining Crown Towers and Sir Erec. 



Race Result - Lexus Andrew Ramsden LR 2800m

Flemington Track: Soft(5) Time: 2:59.10
Point Nepean
T: Robert Hickmott J: Alana Kelly 58
4h Camelot (GB) x Sea Goddess (IRE) (Galileo (IRE))
T: K A Lees J: Craig Williams 58.5
5g Iffraaj (GB) x Under The Rainbow (GB) (Fantastic Light (USA))
Through Irish Eyes
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Jye McNeil 58
4g Tavistock (NZ) x Zapurple (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $100,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: O'Brien Thoroughbreds
T: A & S Freedman J: J Mott 58.5
5g Declaration Of War (USA) x Livia (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
T: Mark & Levi Kavanagh J: Fred W Kersley 58
4g Shocking (AUS) x Zelt (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: B Prebble 56
4m Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Magical Mist (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
T: Clayton Douglas J: H Coffey 58.5
5g Lope De Vega (IRE) x Adja (IRE) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Ms L J Meech 54
3g Zoustar (AUS) x Monblue (GB) (Monsun (GER))
English King
T: M D Moroney J: M J Dee 58.5
5g Camelot (GB) x Platonic (GB) (Zafonic (USA))
Turn It Up Tommy
T: Denis Pagan J: Patrick Moloney 54
3g Tivaci (AUS) x Zelitist (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
T: Noel Watson J: Jack Hill 58.5
5g Wandjina (AUS) x Red Typhoon (AUS) (Hold That Tiger (USA))
Sound Of Cannons
T: J A O'Shea J: Zac Spain 58.5
5g Nathaniel (IRE) x Rock Choir (GB) (Pivotal (GB))
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