Purchased at the GOFFS PREMIER YEARLING SALE, this colt is 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. 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..
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!
Richard Hannon and Acclamation progeny: 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.
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.)
Training Update: The winner of the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin last year demonstrated he’s high class. He could easily have a job at stud, once his career is finished. He looks a Commonwealth Cup contender this season, God willing. He did have a hiccup over the winter with a fetlock which needed surgery. He’s fine now and the prognosis, whilst not guaranteeing a full recovery, is an optimistic one. With a clear run at things, he’s potentially heading for more Group race glory, although with certain risks attached, his guide price is reflected accordingly. TIMEFORM RATED: 95+