Montjeu colt Camelot announced himself as a rising superstar when winning the Group I Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last year at just his second start and he confirmed his potential overnight with a strong finishing win in the Group I English 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
The Aidan O'Brien trained colt was partnered by his son Joseph, who allowed the colt to settle back in the big field of 18 before surging to the line to win by a neck,
"It's one of those unbelievable days," said trainer Aidan O'Brien. "We knew the statistics had a lot against Camelot but we always thought that he was very special. We knew that we had a lot to overcome - he's out of a Kingmambo mare out of a Danehill mare - and he has strong crosses of both of those stallions as well as Montjeu, so that is why we were very worried about the ground.
"We walked the course and we thought that it was plenty soft enough for him. I kind of had half an idea of what Joseph was going to do on him in the race and I was worried about riding a horse for such pace in that kind of ground.
"Joseph said to me that he would be closer to last than closer to first at halfway - I am glad I bit my tongue!
"We are delighted for everyone, those who bred him and those who look after him. We are very lucky to have such a horse and so incredibly lucky to have so many special people to look after him and bring him on."
Camelot has the perfect record of three wins from three starts and bred by Sheikh Abdulla bin Isa Al-Khalifa. He made 525,000gns as a yearling at Tattersalls when sold by Highclere Stud in 2010.
He is the first stakes-winner for Group III Dahlia Stakes winner Tarfah, a Kingmambo mare, whose dam Fickle is a stakes-winning daughter of another Coolmore super sire in Danehill.
He is the fourth son of ill-fated Montjeu (pictured) to win the Group I Racing Post Trophy and two of those previous Doncaster scorers, Authorized and Motivator, went on to glory in the Group I Derby at Epsom, a race for which Camelot is now the hot favourite.