Lady Of Camelot does it easy in Widden Stakes

Lady Of Camelot kicked clear to win to win the Group 3 Widden Stakes. Photo: RacingNSW

After taking out the Canonbury Stakes with Prost earlier in the day, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott took out the second of the two-year-old features at Rosehill, with Lady Of Camelot (-222.22) getting the job done well as the odds-on favourite in the Group 3 Widden Stakes.

Tim Clark took the heavily backed favourite to the front and led every step of the way over the 1100m and careered away for a dominant victory in the concluding stages.

This daughter of Written Tycoon was able to turn the tables on Manaal (+600), as the winner of the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes couldn’t reel in the front runner and could only manage a runner-up finish on return.

The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Wave Breaker (+1000) ran on nicely to nab third place ahead of Extreme Diva (+2500) in the final strides, but it was clear that the top two runners were the ones to follow from this contest going forward.

Much like the win of Prost earlier, the Waterhouse & Bott-trained gallopers are starting to hit their straps on their way to the Golden Slipper in seven weeks time.

2024 Widden Stakes Replay – Lady Of Camelot

Adrian Bott was on course to represent the stable and he spoke post-race.

“She’s got so much natural speed,” Bott said of Lady Of Camelot.

“Beautifully bred filly, she’s well-related.

“Her first two progeny (Queen Of The Ball and Platinum Jubilee) have been stakes winning two-year-olds as well, so she becomes the third in just three foals.

“She obviously looked to show plenty of natural speed but once he was able to change it over, she really found another gear and lengthened very impressively.

“That last furlong was very sharp.”

Tim Clark rode both of the Waterhouse & Bott two-year-old winners at Rosehill, and he spoke post-race about the win of Lady Of Camelot.

“She’s done a great job, she’s a really precocious filly,” Clark said.

“She wouldn’t break ice, she’s so light on her feet. She’s got such a good cruising speed, that’s what we wanted to use.

“Good thing about her though is she rests within herself when she’s there.

“She got a little bit lost up the straight still, so I think there’s still a little more to give. But she couldn’t have been any more impressive.

“I think she’s just naturally so fast, I think trying to harness her too much would take away from her asset.

“She was probably just parked a little bit when she was there by herself and nothing with her.

“When I asked her for another effort she lengthened really well, it was a strong effort.”

Lady Of Camelot is a +1600 chance in Golden Slipper futures markets with online bookmakers.

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