There’s been a fair amount of chat on social media in recent weeks surrounding the performance at stud of Frankel and Sea The Stars.
Still very much in their infancy as budding Stallion superstars, the attention they are attracting is understandable after such illustrious careers on the track. Galileo remains the ‘daddy’, but the likes of Frankel, Sea The Stars and Nathaniel are exciting recent additions to the bloodstock brigade.
Another Sire having a season to remember, is Rathbarry Stud inmate Acclamation. From their base in Co Cork, the Cashman’s house several outstanding stallions of both the Flat and National Hunt scene. Presenting and Robin Des Champs are standouts of the winter game, responsible for the likes of Vautour, Quevega, Denman and War Of Attrition.
Acclamation was formerly a high-class sprinter, placed in the Temple and the King’s Stand Stakes in 2003. Later that year he finished third to the exceptional Oasis Dream in the Nunthorpe at York, before ending his career on the track with a fourth-place finish in the Abbaye and a fifth-place spot in the Hong Kong Sprint.
He has proved an exceptional sire for numerous years now, and it’s no surprise that the bulk of the success has come with sprinters. His list of winning progeny includes; Equiano, Dark Angel, Harbour Watch, Mehmas and Hitchens. With more race wins than any other sire in Europe during the 2016 campaign, his lofty stud fee of €30,000 is quite understandable.
He remains at the peak of his powers, continuing to be responsible for high-class thoroughbreds. Marsha was undoubtedly the flag-bearer in 2016, with several sparkling performances, culminating in a stunning success at Chantilly in the Prix de l’Abbaye. Sir Mark Prescott’s filly has retained that outstanding form during 2017, with a win and three placed finishes at the highest level. She looks sure to be competitive in a thrilling looking Nunthorpe Stakes at York later this month.
Daban is another filly with huge potential, and could have an exciting latter part of the campaign. Third in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, she was arguably slightly disappointing when sixth in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. She’s a possible for the Hungerford at Newbury in a couple of weeks, and remains a filly with a bright future. Trained by John Gosden, it would come as no surprise should she head to America later in the year.
Without doubt the star-turn from the Acclamation bloodline this summer has been the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Expert Eye. Owned by Khalid Abdullah and sporting those famous Juddmonte silks, this exciting juvenile produced a stunning performance in winning the Group Two Vintage Stakes at Goodwood last week. He’s a powerful looking sort, blessed with plenty of speed and clearly ample stamina to be effective at seven-furlongs. He’s favourite for next year’s 2000 Guineas, and certainly has the potential of adding his name to the select list of Acclamation Group One winners.
Another who could finish the season strongly, especially with juice in the ground, is Martyn Meade’s Aclaim. The four-year-old ran a cracker in France over the weekend, when a close second to Brando in the Maurice De Gheest. He finished last season with three victories on the spin, and looks the type that thrives on his racing. Seven-furlongs appear his ideal trip, though a stiff six on soft ground would also suit. There’s a big race victory in him, I’m sure of it.
Finally a mention for a couple of juveniles that are creeping along nicely, and look set for further success as the campaign progresses. Regulator has a win and two seconds from three career starts. Trained by Richard Fahey, the Cheveley Park colt probably found Chester plenty sharp enough last time, and back on a more galloping track should again be visiting the winners’ enclosure.
I’d also keep faith with Ismail Mohammed’s Wasim, who proved disappointing last time at Doncaster. He was giving weight all-round that day, and had previously run a hugely promising race at Haydock. He finished ahead of Mutakatif on debut, and that horse had split Expert Eye and Barraquero in June. That form is strong, so keep an eye-out for Wasim over the coming months.
Personally, I’ll be keeping a watchful eye for any Acclamation youngsters, especially over trips from six-furlongs to a mile.