Naas - The Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes
Purchased from Ireland's premier sale; The Goffs Orby, this filly is by Acclamation. Read about her 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. Three of those have gone on to be stallions themselves and there’s little doubt Marsha will produce top class racehorses too. He is of course, also the sire of the leading 1st season sire revelation Mehmas - who was trained by Richard Hannon...
Richard Hannon and Acclamation progeny:
Acclamation and Richard Hannon, just works. There is a virtually endless list of top class individuals, by Acclamation that they’ve had through their hands. Our own Ventura Tormenta (Group 2 Prix Robert Papin winner) this year, is simply the latest example. Other notable Hannon performers over the years by Acclamation include the above mentioned Mehmas, Lilbourne Lad, Harbour Watch, Oh This Is Us and Wentworth, Well Done Fox, Retainer, Pearl Acclaim, Cake, Crown Dependency our own Move Over to name but a few. These are all horses who have been 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.
Le Havre is a stallion that works too at Richard’s Herridge base, so being our broodmare sire, we have a proven Hannon recipe for success. This filly is the first foal out of the winning, Listed performer, Westadora and she qualifies for the Great British Bonus Scheme too. Each occasion that she wins a novice or class 4, or above race, she will earn an additional £10,000, on top of the normal levels of prize money allocated to the race. Read all about this fantastic initiative here: https://www.greatbritishbonus.co.uk/gbb/programme/index.html. In fact we bought both of the fillies who qualify for this bonus at the Orby Sale! The other is the Oasis Dream filly with Marco Botti.
This filly is really strong individual who actually resembles a colt, on looks and she would appear every inch a typical Richard Hannon 2yo for 2021. She’s a great mover and walks with purpose and style.
Watch her walk video here:
She looks thoroughly exciting and you’d imagine she could be on the track as early as April or May, in plenty of time for a visit to Royal Ascot for the Queen Mary or Albany Stakes, should she prove up to that sort of level. We can’t wait to see her at Richard’s, strutting her stuff, on the Herridge gallops in preparation for her racing career.
Training Update: Richard calls this filly "the apple of his eye!" He thinks she could be one to watch from his 2 year-olds. She is very well put together and looks racey, sharp and quick. She is taking her work well and has a lovely attirude; so it is so far so good and what superb looks she has! Richard has sent us the video update shown below. (See all her videos in the gallery.) He has also confirmed today, that she is one of his 2 year old's to be entered in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury. A race he specialises in of course, having won with TIGGY WIGGY, GINGER NUT and HAPPY ROMANCE last year!