Purchased at the GOFFS PREMIER YEARLING SALE and by ACCLAMATION - he is three-parts brother to GEORGE BOWEN. Read more about his sire here: http://www.rathbarrystud.com/cms/stallions/acclamation/acclamation/. 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. They have gone on to be stallions themselves and there’s little doubt Marsha will produce top class racehorses too in her new career as a broodmare. He is of course, also the sire of the leading 1st season sire revelation Mehmas - who, was also trained by Richard Hannon.
This colt and George Bowen were both bred by racing broadcaster and journalist Kevin Blake, who had his photo taken with him before he left for his new stable and added a tweet of good luck, which you can see in the gallery. He also posted a gorgeous video with this tweet of our colt as a foal showing very early speed as he saw grass for the first time!
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.
We rarely spend excessive amounts on our horses at Middleham Park, as generally, even our more expensive purchases, tend to fall into what’s called the “middle market,” but on the fairly rare occasions we enter into and bid amongst those operating in the middle market, we have unearthed some fabulous successes, notably Ventura Storm (Group 1 winner), Viren’s Army (Listed, Dee Stakes winner) and Kool Kompany (dual Group 2 winner and Group 1 2nd place.)
Racing Update: High class 2yo in 2020, winning the The Group 2 Prix Robert Papin. Suffered a serious fetlock injury as a 3yo (still has a screw in there) and injured his pelvis when due to run in The Wokingham in June of this year. He’s back, right as rain now, and long may it continue. Still rated OR 100 and blew away the cobwebs at Chelmsford last week. Had a good blow afterwards and has pulled out sound as a pound. Hopefully over all his niggles now, he should have a busy AW season and will be competing in plenty of £50,000 and £100,000 handicaps over the next year or so. Still an entire and still only a 4yo, he’s low mileage and should provide plenty of days out at the big tracks, AW and turf (God willing that is). He could just win a BIG one too and an eternal optimist could even envisage him, back, competing at Group level. TIMEFORM RATED: 101.