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).
So, in prompting the hammer to come in our favour, at £95,000, we’ve kind of pushed the boat out here, to secure, probably our nap of the sale. Sons of Acclamation succeed at Richard Hannon’s and this colt’s mare, is an achiever and a deliverer of racecourse performers, such as the 106 rated George Bowen. This colt looks very much a 2yo sort, but he has enough style and substance, to suggest he could become seriously more than just that. He looks a really strong colt.
Training Update: The Group 2 Prix Robert Papin winner in the summer. Never had conditions in his favour thereafter (he loves top of the ground). He’s a Group horse alright, but we’ll head for AW Finals’ Day with him on Good Friday, all being well, first. He’ll run in a Fast Track Qualifier at Kempton on 20th January. A speedy 6f, on a sound underfoot surface, could be just the ticket. He wouldn’t be outclassed in a Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, and races like the Sandy Lane, could be on the agenda, en route. TIMEFORM RATED: 95+