An unbeaten two-year-old, winning on debut at 1200m, Aclaim was even better at three winning the Gr.2 Newmarket Challenge Stakes at 1400m, a distance that would become his ideal trip.
At four, Aclaim hit top form to win the Gr.2 Doncaster Park Stakes (1400m) before ending his career with a definitive win in the Gr.1 Prix de la Foret (1400m) at Chantilly on Arc Day.
A horse that has an Australian connection as he was bred and raced in partnership by Darling Downs based breeders Canning Downs, he retired with the overall record of seven wins and two placings from 15 starts.
From the family of champion staying sire sire Montjeu, Aclaim is the best colt in his female family over sprint distances and retired with a 123 Timeform rating, a figure superior to both his noted speed sire Acclamation and that horse’s outstanding sire son Dark Angel, who stands at a fee of 85,000 euros.
By Acclamation, renowned speed sire of outstanding sire Dark Angel, Aclaim was well received at the National Stud in his first season, covering a large book of mares with 130 scanned in foal. His first foals are now being born and have impressed breeders in the UK with their substance, quality and strength.
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Aclaim BR News
Aquis Farm Standing European Gr1 Winner AclaimWed, 20 Mar 2019
Gr1-winning European sprinter Aclaim (Acclamation-Aris, by Danroad) will join the burgeoning Aquis stallion roster for 2019. “Aquis and Phoenix Thoroughbreds have developed a strong relationship in the Australian market recently and we’re delighted to bring Aclaim to Australia," Aquis CEO Shane McGrath said. “Queensland breeding is synonymous with speed sires and in Aclaim, we are introducing a world-class Gr1-winning sprinter with a pedigree that resonates with breeders – and he is by one of the most potent speed sires in the world…" McGrath added, "Aquis and Phoenix Thoroughbreds will heavily support the horse in the barn and the ring." Aclaim, who was bred and raced by a partnership which includes Queensland-based farm Canning Downs, was a winner of his only start at two before proving himself top-class at three and four, winning the Gr1 Prix de la Foret over 1400m in France, as well as the Gr2 Park Stakes and the Gr2 Challenge Stakes in England over the same distance. Aclaim is out of a half-sister to Champion 2YO filly and dual G1 winner Again and hails from the family of Champion sire Montjeu, who is responsible for over 125 stake- winners world-wide. Acclamation, the sire of Aclaim, is a noted speed sire and a proven sire of sires, with his offspring including brilliant sire Dark Angel, who stands for 85,000 Euros (Aus$135,000) in Europe. Aclaim was the most popular First Season Sire in the UK in 2018, with a total of 130 ‘in foal’ mares, and his first foals are reportedly very impressive. Aclaim will stand at Aquis in Canungra, Queensland, at a fee of $13,750 (including GST).
New Aquis stallion recruit Aclaim (pic: nationalstud.co.uk)
Aclaim Wins Gr1 Prix de la ForetTue, 3 Oct 2017
At Chantilly in France, 4YO Irish-bred entire Aclaim (Acclamation-Aris, by Danroad) landed the biggest prize of his career when scoring by 0.75 length in the Gr1 Prix de la Foret (7 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating So Beloved & Kara. Aclaim improved his record to 7 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Prix Maurice de Gheest) from 15 starts for £450,396 in earnings.
Brando Wins Gr1 Prix Maurice de GheestMon, 7 Aug 2017
At Deauville in France overnight, 5YO UK-bred gelding Brando (Pivotal-Argent Du Bois, by Silver Hawk) broke through for an overdue maiden top-flight success when scoring by 0.5 length in the €380,000 Gr1 Prix Maurice de Gheest (6.5 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating Aclaim (Acclamation) & Tupi (Tamayuz). Brando improved his record to 7 wins and 8 placings (including the Gr1 July Cup & Gr1 British Champion Sprint Stakes) from 20 starts. "It's a great day. We're delighted with the horse," trainer Kevin Ryan told Sky Sports. "He ran a good race in the July Cup and he'd tightened up since. He got a great ride and he was exceptional today. We'll look at Haydock (Gr1 Sprint Cup on 9 September) next." Trainer Aidan O’Brien felt the race may have come too soon for the disappointing favourite Caravaggio who laboured into sixth. "Maybe I ran too close after Newmarket,” he said.