Aclaim By Name, Acclaim Through Game
Exciting young stallion, Aclaim arrives at Aquis Queensland in 2022 with a reputation for doing the job as both racehorse and sire. A brilliant Group 1 winning sprinter in Europe, Aclaim is off to a literal flyer at stud, finishing 2021 as the Champion First Season Sire based in Britain by winners with his stake’s stars including trans-Atlantic Group 1 winner, Cachet (2022 One Thousand Guineas) and the emerging, speed machine Royal Aclaim who recently maintained her unbeaten record with a resounding victory in the Listed City Walls Stakes at York. That dominant victory saw Royal Aclaim installed market leader for the time-honoured Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes.
By renowned speed source and sire of sires, Acclamation, Aclaim won his only start at 2, was a multiple stakes winner at 3 (including the Group 2 Newmarket Challenge) and, in his final three starts at 4, capped a marvellous career with a close second in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest, victory in the Group 2 Doncaster Park and, ultimately, success in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret.
“A joy to ride with a great mind and devastating turn of foot,” according to jockey Oisin Murphy, Aclaim was retired to the world-famous National Stud where his initial foals gained, yes, much acclaim.
Bloodstock agent, John Ferguson, was quick off the mark by stating: “Aclaim was a fast, good-looking Group 1 winning stallion that is producing good looking foals with so much quality – he’s a very exciting prospect and I can’t wait to see them run.”
Ferguson wasn’t disappointed as Aclaim’s 54 winners were quite figuratively quick out of the gates and Aclaim is currently a leading GB Second Season Sire by earnings, nicely matching his Champion First Season Sires’ belt.
Aside from Cachet’s Group 1 success at 3 (to go along with Group success at 2) and one of the most promising speed horses in Europe, the undefeated Royal Aclaim, Aclaim’s stakes performers include Jacinda, Beautiful Black, Chelsea Gardens and Woman of Ciprea.
From a daughter of the incredibly well related Danehill stallion, Danroad (likewise damsire of 11-time Group 1 winner Verry Elleegant), the first six dams of his pedigree have featured a Group 1 winner, while Aclaim is also related to Champion racehorse and successful stallion, Montjeu (sire of 31 Group 1 winners of $148 million).
“This is a massive coup for Aquis and the Australian breeding industry” Aquis Director of Sales, Jonathan Davies, reveals. “Aclaim is a proven Group 1 sire with massive upside, he is on sharp upward trajectory to be one of the leading stallions in Britain. He’s already the sire of a proper Group 1 classic winner, Cachet and one of the most exciting speed horses in Europe, the unbeaten Royal Aclaim, with large numbers coming through still to run its anyone’s guess what he will have achieved when the first of Aclaims’ Australian-bred progeny hit the sales”.
“Aclaim is doing the job with mares from a great variety of bloodlines, interestingly the dams of both Cachet and Royal Aclaim have Danehill up close and the Dams of Stakes winning and placed progeny of Aclaim carry bloodlines familiar with Australian breeders such as; Special, Rainbow Quest, Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev, Green Desert, Roberto, Mr Prospector, Be My Guest and many more. This is just one of the many reasons we are confident Aclaim is going to be a force to be reckoned with in both Hemispheres”.
“Aclaim’s introductory book has been limited to 100 mares with 55 commitments – from stakes winning and stakes producing mares – before even arriving on farm. With a number of those mares in foal to Australia’s leading stallions, Aclaim will also cover multiple Group 1 winner Loving Gaby and Tallow (dam of Champion 2YO Farnan). In the meantime, he’s covered some big books in his first four seasons at stud and there are large numbers still to run. It’s anyone’s guess what the northern hemisphere progeny will have achieved by the time the first of Aclaim’s Australian-bred youngsters hit the sales.”