STYLISH JUVENILE WINNER FOR ACCLAMATION
GRAND ROCK (Acclamation) built on a promising debut in July to win the mile Novice Stakes at Hamilton in comfortable fashion.
Fourth over six furlongs on the first attempt, he was sent off second favourite under Ben Curtis, who held the bay up towards the back of the field. Making headway from over three furlongs out, he ran on to lead approaching the final furlong and was pushed out to beat the favourite by three and a half lengths, with a further six lengths back to the third horse.
Trained by William Haggas for Hussain Alabbas Lootah, Grand Rock was bred by Peter and Hugh McCutcheon. Bought by Rathbarry Stud as a foal, he was resold as a yearling for £150,000 to Richard Knight.
ACCLAMATION YEARLINGS IN DEMAND AT GOFFS UK
ACCLAMATION enjoyed a successful start to the 2019 yearling sales, as his stock sold for a median price of £71,000 (€82,518) at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale.
Shadwell Stud reached the six-figure mark for two sons of Acclamation, going to £110,000 for a bay from WH Bloodstock and £100,000 for Croom House Stud’s offerings. Tinnakill House came close to the six-figure mark, as their colt out of Midnight Oasis sold for £95,000 to Peter and Ross Doyle.
KODI BEAR’S FIRST YEARLINGS PROVE POPULAR
KODI BEAR made a strong start in the sales ring at Goffs UK, where his first yearlings sold for up to £90,000 at the Premier Yearling Sale.
Nine sold for an average of £40,222 (€46,747), having been bred from a fee of €10,000. Top billing went to Aughamore Stud’s Kodi Bear filly out of Midnight Martini, whom they had bought from Rathbarry Stud for €25,000 in February. Clive Cox, who trained Kodi Bear, went to £90,000 to secure the bay, who is a half-sister to three multiple winners.
Trainer Kevin Ryan and agent Stephen Hillen were keen on Kodi Bear’s first crop, buying a pair of colts at Goffs UK for £75,000 and £52,000 each. Blandford Bloodstock, Peter and Ross Doyle and Sackville Donald were others to sign for his first yearlings during the week.
DAUGHTER OF YOUMZAIN EXTENDS UNBEATEN RECORD
The Joel Boisnard-trained WESSLY (Youmzain) extended her unbeaten record to three when making a successful step up in class in the Prix Emmanuel Tassin.
Run over a mile and seven furlongs at Deauville, the three-year-old conditions race saw Wessly prevail by three parts of a length from the favourite Idoles Des Jeaunes.
Ridden by Theo Bachelot for owner/breeder Fernand Krief, Wessly will now presumably take another step up in class. The daughter of Youmzain is a half-sister to useful miler Ball Prince.
PROGRESSIVE SON OF ACCLAMATION GAINS MAIDEN WIN
The Rathbarry-bred HEXAGON (Acclamation) stayed on well to land the seven and a half furlong Novice Stakes at Ffos Las on Tuesday.
The Roger Charlton-trained juvenile was sent off second favourite, having finished third last time out and second on his previous start. Jason Watson rode him to track the leader, pushing him to assert approaching the two furlong pole and was driven out to score by a length and a half, as the leading pair drew eight lengths clear of the field.
Owned by the Owners Group 032, Hexagon was sold by Rathbarry as a foal to Hillwood Bloodstock. He becomes the third winner out of the mare, herself a half-sister to four Stakes horses.
TAKING TWO-YEAR-OLD WINNER FOR TAGULA
A return to easier ground saw GOOD NIGHT MR TOM (Tagula) gain his maiden victory in the six furlong nursery at Hamilton.
The ground was described as good to soft, as it was at Carlisle in June when the Mark Johnston-trained juvenile finished third. Hong Kong jockey CY Ho rode the bay to make all the running, asking him to quicken over a furlong out and his mount obliged, staying on strongly to win by two lengths.
Good Night Mr Tom was bred by Peter Molony and is owned by Paul and Clare Rooney. Bought by Kevin Ross as a yearling for £65,000, he is a full-brother to two-time winner Regal Gait (Tagula).
GALWAY FESTIVAL SUCCESS FOR SHIROCCO MARE
The progressive MAJESTIC MAID (Shirocco) gained a well-deserved victory when taking the two mile mares’ bumper at the Galway Festival.
The Michael Kennedy-trained four-year-old was last seen finishing a close second to Flying Risk (Shirocco) in a similar contest at Limerick under M O’Sullivan, who took the ride once again at Ballybrit. Chasing the leaders in the early stages, the bay improved into second at halfway and led soon after. Headed three furlongs from home, she battled back to lead inside the final furlong and stayed on well to win by a length and a quarter.
Trainer Michael Kennedy was full of praise for Conor Murphy homebred winner, commenting after the race, “She’s very tough and genuine, a handy enough filly who is good and strong. She has a bright future I think.”
IMPRESSIVE DEBUT DOUBLE FOR ACCLAMATION
The Roger Varian-trained DEAR POWER (Acclamation) made a fine impression when scoring on debut in a six furlong novice stakes at Chelmsford.
A 350,000gns yearling, the King Power Racing-owned colt faced seven rivals, including the favourite Jovial, a daughter of Dubawi out of a half-sister to Frankel. Dear Power chased the leaders under Jack Mitchell and was shaken up to lead inside the final furlong, running on well to win by two and a quarter lengths.
Dear Power was bred by Kildaragh Stud out of Debuetantin, a full-sister to Listed winner Desabina and German Guineas runner-up Denice.
Acclamation sired another winning newcomer later in the day when PERSUASION (Acclamation) won a competitive maiden at the Glorious Goodwood Festival. Trained by Charlie Hills, the two-year-old colt shares his purple silks with talented sprinter Garrus (Acclamation), the pair both owned by Mrs Susan Roy.
He raced in mid-division for much of the seven furlong contest, biding his time for a clear run approaching the two furlong pole and quickened away smartly to lead inside the final furlong, scoring by half a length.
Persuasion was bred by Norelands Bloodstock, who sold him as a foal for 155,000gns, while Pier House Stud enjoyed a profit when selling him as a yearling for 220,000gns.
The double marked an excellent run for Acclamation, with his daughter Rose Hip having defied a seven pound rise the previous evening; her third win from her last four starts.
BLUE BRESIL TO STAND AT GLENVIEW STUD
Rathbarry & Glenview Studs are delighted to announce the acquisition of the proven Grade 1 sire BLUE BRESIL from Yorton Farm, where he has stood since his relocation from France in 2016.
BLUE BRESIL, a son of Smadoun, has already sires 10 individual national hunt black-type winners and numerous black-type performers in Ireland, Great Britain and France. They include Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle winner Mick Jazz, Grade 2 winner over hurdles and fences Le Prezien and four-time Grade 3 winner over hurdles and fences Saint Goustan Blue.
The progeny of this big, imposing sire have proven very popular in the sales ring, realising up to 200,000 at the 2019 Derby Sale at Tattersalls Ireland.
Blue Bresil will stand alongside Malinas, Shirocco, Sholokhov and Youmzain at Glenview Stud for the 2020 breeding season.
FESTIVAL DOUBLE FOR ACCLAMATION
Acclamation enjoyed the best of both world on evening, as he sired a winner at both the Galway and Goodwood festivals.
DIRTY RASCAL (Acclamation) was first to strike in the seven furlong handicap and for some time looked an unlikely winner, with no clear run until entering the final furlong. Making good headway, he got up close home to win by a neck under Tom Marquand.
The Richard Hannon-trained three-year-old was gaining his third win for owners Charlie Rosier and Mrs Julia Rosier. Bred by Rosetown Bloodstock, he was a 58,000gns yearling purchase by Peter and Ross Doyle.
Later that evening, UPGRADED (Acclamation) adopted different tactics to win the two mile handicap for the in-form Tony Martin team. Ridden to make all under Robbie Colgan, the John Breslin-owned mare was four lengths clear at halfway and was ridden from two furlongs out to defend her advantage. Staying on well under pressure, she held off the favourite Eight And Bob by two lengths and three quarters.
Upgraded was bred by Maurice Regan out of an unraced half-sister to Group 1 winning stayer Invermark and Group 2 winner Craigsteel.