Purchased at the GOFFS PREMIER YEARLING SALE, this colt is by ACCLAMATION. Read more about his sire here: http://www.rathbarrystud.com/cms/stallions/acclamation/acclamation/
Please note a pedigree update to his page: "1st dam XEMA (GB): dam of Spiritofedinburgh (IRE) (14 g. by Lilbourne Lad (IRE)): winner at 5, 2019 in Germany and Spokesman (IRE) (16 g. by Alhebayeb (IRE)): placed at 3, 2019 in France."
Richard Hannon and Acclamation progeny: Over the last decade, possibly the most consistent producing sire of top class, very talented and hardy racehorses in Great Britain, outside of Galileo, is the Rathbarry sire Acclamation. He has sired four quite outstanding horses in recent times namely Dark Angel, Expert Eye, Equiano and fantastic race filly and now broodmare, Marsha. Three of those have gone on to be stallions themselves and there’s little doubt Marsha will produce top class racehorses too. We have noticed at MPR, how well sons of Acclamation fare at Richard Hannon’s; there is a virtually endless list of top class individuals, by Acclamation that they’ve had through their hands, e.g. Harbour Watch and Mehmas (both stallions now), Oh This Is Us, Lilbourne Lad, King Of Rooks, our own Move Over, Well Done Fox, Retainer, Wentworth, Pearl Acclaim, Cake, Crown Dependency to name but a few. These are all horses rated over 100 and trained by Richard Hannon. For some reason, the progeny of Acclamation seems to be particularly suited by the way Richards Snr and Jnr train their horses.
It’s interesting, that when we are at the sales, you can often notice a typical Acclamation horse, and in one’s mind’s eye, you can picture, or envisage what you would expect an Acclamation to look like, even before the horse we have gone to see, comes out of his or her box. They tend to be tough, strong, medium bay, great head and eyes, quite long and usually walk well. You’d rarely see a grey, chestnut or dark bay by him. He stamps his stock, so authoritatively well, it possibly explains why Acclamation works so well at Richard’s, in that they are a consistent type of individual and nicely suited to the Hannon way of doing things.
Our methodology is quite simple in this colt’s case; here we have a son of Acclamation, now destined for Richard Hannon, by a stallion in Acclamation, that makes him a 75% (3 parts) brother to the mare’s very best progeny, the 112 rated DARK EMERALD. Having visited some less than exceptional stallions, the mare XEMA deserves a return to a top stallion and here’s her chance to shine once more.
He’s a lovely colt, with great movement, and a case can be argued for his having a 75% chance of being rated 112. Time will tell!
Please view his walk and all videos in the gallery. (He is saddle cloth number 13 in the March gallops video.)
Trainer Update (31st March): Richard has sent us the video shown below, of this colt with his update. He has clearly caught the eye "we like this colt a lot" and Richard has been so impressed with what he has shown, that he has taken a share personally!
At The Races Stable Tour update (14th April): Chosen by Richard as one of his 2 year old's that is showing up well at home! He says "He is a very nice colt – quite forward and quite strong looking. He is a typical Acclamation early sort and he was bought at Newmarket for 85,000gns as a foal – he is half brother to five winners and looks the part." See his picks here: https://www.attheraces.com/stable-tours/class-of-2020-richard-hannon-jr
It's business as usual at Richard's yard and the 2 year old's will continue to canter upsides and be educated ready for their debuts. In the last three or four seasons Richard's 2 year old strategy has changed and the yard send out much fewer 'early' 2 year old sorts. Last year we didn't run a 2 year old in April at all and only one the year before, so this enforced break means that very little has changed for the youngsters.
Richard says in his latest website post: "Business is carrying on pretty much as usual – The horses are still going out every day and we are continuing to prep them for the start of the flat season, whenever that may be. Our staff remain fit and healthy and are continuing with the day to day routine. Our two-year olds have begun working on the grass gallop and will at least have plenty of time to complete their education before they run."