Royal Aclaim puts down major marker for big-race honours

Royal Aclaim looked a filly of immense potential with her comeback victory at Bath.

Seen just once in her career to date, the James Tate-trained three-year-old had been off the track since that run at Newcastle in May last year – where she had subsequent dual Group One winner Perfect Power in third and Molecomb runner-up Fearby in fourth.

A 10-11 chance for her return in the British EBF Novice Stakes, she was always travelling with plenty of zest and Neil Callan’s only moment of worry was getting a clear run.

But once switched she cantered to the front in a matter of strides and won hard held.

Tate can now rightly have big ambitions – and hopes all roads lead to York in August.

“We haven’t had too many concerns with her class, just keeping her sound,” Tate told Sky Sports Racing.

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“She was fine before she ran at Newcastle last year and then she got an injury getting ready for Royal Ascot. It’s been a long road getting her back, so I’m pleased to see that.

“It was just one injury, which has just taken a long time to heal. She doesn’t have any niggling issues as such. Hopefully she’ll be OK and we can make a nice plan.”

On what that plan might be, Tate added: “The Nunthorpe, and probably look at a Listed or Group Three between now and then. We do see her at that level and now she has had her first experience of grass we’ll pick out a nice race for her.”

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