In The Hot Seat: Julie Camacho

Julie Camacho with Shaquille |

The questionnaire series continues with Group 1-winning trainer Julie Camacho in the spotlight.

Proudest moment of 2023?
Shaquille (GB) (Charm Spirit {Ire}) winning the Commonwealth Cup to give us our first Group 1 and our first Royal Ascot winner.

What is your biggest ambition for the new year?
To try and keep the yard on an upward curve.

Give us one horse to follow and why?
Our horse to follow is L'Ennemi (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}). We bought him at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses-In-Training Sale in October. He has a lovely profile and we were happy to secure him for 120,000gns. He has pleased us during his downtime this winter and hopefully he will give us and Martin Hughes [owner] some fun this season.

And a young person in the industry to keep an eye on…
Jonathan Harding at the Racing Post. We enjoy his work.

Who do you think will be champion first-season sire this year?
Pinatubo (Ire).

And the best value stallion in Europe?

What's the one horse you wish you'd bought in 2023?
Florida (Ire) (No Nay Never). He just made a little too much for us.

Biggest regret?
Not buying Quinault (Ger) (Oasis Dream {GB}) at the sales.

Biggest influence on your career?
Definitely my Dad [former trainer Maurice Camacho].

If you could sit down for dinner with three people (dead or alive) who would they be and why?
William Haggas and William Jarvis as they are great company. The third would be Bryan Adams for the entertainment. We saw him live at Steve Parkin's party last year and thoroughly enjoyed him.

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