Bred and owned by Lord Egremont, Camel, foaled by Whalebone out of Selim, was a racehorse of great power and stamina. Camel's best win was the Port Stakes at Newmarket. He was a champion stallion and most famous as the sire of two St. Leger winners, Touchstone and Lancelot. Another son, Caravan, was a very high class colt who finished second to Phosphorus in the 1837 Derby.
Camel was second to Priam in the list of Winning Sires of 1838 and again in 1840. The Americans offered 5,000 guineas for Camel to his owner, Mr. Theobald, but he refused it because the horse brought him $5,000 a year in stud fees. The great surgeon, Bransby Cooper, maintained that he had never examined a more powerful piece of equine anatomy. The winning descendants of Camel, chiefly through Touchstone, numbered 306, who appropriated between them 519 races.
Herring painted a number of pictures of Camel, which depict him alone as a stallion, prancing in a landscape. An engraving after Herring was included in S. and J. Fuller's 1836 publication, Portraits of Celebrated Thoroughbred Stallions (see O. Beckett, J.F. Herring & Sons, London, 1981, p. 156).