ACLAIM (15.3hh, 2013 Acclamation x Aris)
2020 Stud Fee: £9,500 (LIVE FOAL)
Acclamation has been a game-changing stallion. The high-class sprinter by Royal Applause was the leading first-season sire in Europe in 2007 and has since racked up more than 120 stakes performers including five Group/Grade 1 winners.
His progeny include top-class sprinters Dark Angel and Equiano, Breeders’ Cup Mile victor Expert Eye and the marvellous Marsha, who holds the European record auction price for a thoroughbred after being sold to Coolmore for a cool 6 million guineas.
Acclamation has also founded a flourishing sire-line in Europe. Dark Angel has been nothing short of a phenomenon, having provided record-breaker Battaash and fellow sprinting aces Harry Angel, Mecca’s Angel and Lethal Force – the last-named the sire of 2020 Commonwealth Cup winner Golden Horde.
Equiano has also supplied his fair share of stars, notably The Tin Man, while another of Acclamation’s leading progeny, Mehmas, wowed with his first racecourse representatives in 2020 including stakes winners Acklam Express, Method, Minzaal and Supremacy.
All of which whets the appetite for the appearance of the first two-year-old runners by Aclaim, yet another celebrity son of Acclamation, in 2021.
The handsome bay scored on his sole start at two for trainer Martyn Meade and progressed rapidly throughout his three-year-old season, which culminated in an impressive victory in the Challenge Stakes. He took another step forward at four, when he took the Prix de la Foret and Park Stakes and ran second in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.
Class, professionalism and versatility were the hallmarks of Aclaim’s career, which make sense when you look at his maternal pedigree. He is out of Aris, a Listed-placed half-sister to champion two-year-old and Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Again, and he hails from the family of further Classic winners Montjeu and Galileo Gold.
With the boxes of performance, pedigree and physique all firmly ticked, Aclaim has been immensely popular with breeders since retiring to the National Stud.
In his first year he covered 160 mares and the resultant produce include a half-sister to Coventry Stakes winner Nando Parrado and half-brothers to Sussex Stakes winner Here Comes When and Nunthorpe Stakes runner-up Que Amoro.
Aclaim’s first foals sold for an average of 30,680gns, with a high of €120,000 paid by Dermot Farrington for a colt out of Murhibaany. Other top prices included €95,000, 65,000gns, €62,000 and 55,000gns.
All the right names were purchasing his stock at the early yearling sales of 2020, too – Clive Cox, Stephen Hillen and Kevin Ryan, Oceanic Bloodstock, Peter and Ross Doyle, Ted Durcan, Bryan Smart, Marc-Antoine Berghgracht and so on.
Aclaim looks well placed to write another chapter in the Acclamation success story.
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