Bay, 1999, 16hh
retired sound in wind and limb
SIRE: Royal Applause
DAM: Princess Athena (Ahonoora)
Proven Multiple Group 1 Sire incl. QE11 Cup and Hong Kong Derby Winner Romantic Warrior
14 Individual Black Type Performers in 2022
European Third Leading Sire of Sires by Progeny Earnings in 2022 (In order of prize money worldwide, Northern Hemisphere crops)
Yearlings in 2022 sold for: £200,000, €195,000, €190,000, 150,000 gns, 120,000 gns, 110,000 gns, etc.
Gr.2 Winning & Dual Gr.1 Placed Top Class Sprinter
DEFEATED 11 INDIVIDUAL Gr.1 WINNERS
Winner of 6 races, €600,000 from 2 to 4 years (5-6f), won or placed 15 times from 16 starts (10 Group or Listed Races) incl.:
Won Gr.2 Diadem Stakes, Ascot, 6f, in 1m 12.6s (-3.51s), beating Lochridge, Fayr Jag and Airwave.
Won LR Starlit Stakes, Goodwood, 6f, in 1m9.88s (-3.3s)
Won St Leger Yearling S., Doncaster 6f. by 21/2 lengths, at 2, beating Captain Rio, Fayr Jag, etc.
Won Cantor Novice Stakes, Newbury, 5f at 2.
Won EBF Maiden Stakes, Sandown, 5f, by 2 lengths at 2.
Won Conditions Stakes, Doncaster, 6f.
2nd Gr.2 King’s Stand Stakes, Royal Ascot, 5f, (1l to Choisir), beating Oasis Dream, Dominica,Elusive City, Captain Rio, Bahamian Pirate, Firebolt.
2nd LR Dragon Stakes, Sandown, 5f at 2.
3rd Gr.1 Nunthorpe S., York, 5f, (to Oasis Dream) beating Dominica, Bahamian Pirate and Continent
3rd Gr.2 Diadem S., Ascot, 6f (on seasonal debut) beating Polar Way, Bahamian Pirate, Three Points
3rd Gr.2 Temple Stakes, Sandown, 5f, (to Airwave)
4th Gr.1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp, 5f, beating Airwave, Somnus, Lochridge, Bahamian Pirate.
5th Gr.1 Hong Kong Sprint, Sha Tin, 5f (to Silent Witness)
CREATING HIS OWN LEGACY
DARK ANGEL 4 wins incl. Gr.1 Middle Park S., Gr.2 Mill Reef S., Sire
MEHMAS 4 wins incl. Gr.2 Qatar Richmond S., Gr.2 July S., Sire
EQUIANO 7 wins incl. Gr.1 King’s Stand S., (twice), Gr.3 Palace House S., LR Abernant S., Sire
EXPERT EYE 5 wins incl. Gr.1 Breeders Cup Mile, Gr.2 Qatar Vintage S., Gr.3 Jersey S., Gr.3 City of York S., Sire
ACLAIM 7 wins incl. Gr.1 Qatar Prix De La Foret, Gr.2 Park S., Gr.2 Challenge S., Sire
MARSHA 7 wins incl. Gr.1 Prix de l’Abbaye, Gr.1 Nunthorpe S. and Gr.3 Palace House S. Sold for a record breaking 6 million Guineas.
ROMANTIC WARRIOR 7 wins incl. Gr.1 QE11 Cup, Hong Kong Derby
MY SISTER NAT Gr.3 Waya S. (twice), Gr.3 Prix Bertrand de Tarragon, placed Gr.1 Flower Bowl S., (twice), Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
A LEADING DAMSIRE
7 Individual Stakes Winners in 2022 incl. Broome: Gr.2 Hardwicke S., Ascot, second Gr.1 Breeders’Cup Turf, Del Mar, Jumby: Gr.2 Hungerford S., Newbury, Txope: Gr.2 German 1000 Guineas, Dusseldorf, Rohaan: Gr.3 Bengough S., Ascot, third Gr.1 Betfair Sprint Cup S., Haydock, Manaccan: Gr.3 Dubai Pat Smullen Mercury S., Dundalk, LR Rous S., Ascot, LR Scarborough S., Doncaster, Manhattan Jungle: LR Prix des Reves d’Or, Vichy, Sam Maximus: LR Hopeful S., Newmarket, etc.
A LIVING LEGEND
Acclamation as only the most influential stallions do, continues to make his presence felt both on the track and across the breeding world.
His progeny’s own success on the track in 2022 was headlined by Romantic Warrior, who completed a prestigious double in the Hong Kong Derby and Group 1 QEII Cup. Seven wins from eight starts saw the four-year-old earn three titles at the Hong Kong Champion Awards; Champion Middle Distance Horse, Champion Four-Year-Old and Most Improved Horse. HKJC to whom Romatic Warrior was knocked down to for the princely sum of 300,000gns as a yearling were again active in securing the progeny of Acclamation in the 2022 yearling sales signing for one of the top lots at the Goffs UK premier sale.
Acclamation continues to be a source of smart juveniles, as demonstrated this season by Listed winner Beauty Crescent and Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes second Rousing Encore.
It comes as no surprise, then, that Acclamation’s progeny continued to be in high demand at the 2022 yearling sales, where they sold for up to £200,000. His daughters also commanded high prices at the breeding stock sales, with broodmare prospect Louliana bringing €320,000 from Shadai Farm.
Acclamation’s influence as a damsire continued in 2022, as advertised by seven Stakes winners, including Broome, Jumby, Txope and Rohaan. At the time of writing, his sons are responsible for 20 Group/Grade 1 winners between them, with Aclaim becoming his latest stallion success story when daughter Cachet captured the 1,000 Guineas.
Acclamation is, as Martin Stevens so eloquently put it in the Racing Post, “a living legend of the Irish stallion ranks.”