Acclamation started the 2012 English flat season where he left off last year when Valbchek won the Tattersalls Millions 3YO Sprint at Newmarket on Wednesday.
Valbchek (3c Acclamation – Spectacular Show by Spectrum) had landed a confident gamble on debut at Lingfield in March in the lead-up to the AUD 232,380 sales-linked feature. “It’s nice when a plan comes to fruition,” trainer Jeremy Noseda said. “That was a good performance for an inexperienced horse and I would expect plenty of progress from him.”
Noseda mentioned the G2 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot as a possible target for Valbchek.
Acclamation and Dark Angel, his first son to stand at stud, enjoyed a stellar season in Europe last year.
Acclamation was Europe’s leading sire of two year-olds in 2011 with an amazing 37 winners of 56 races. Among them were 8 stakes winners headed by Lilbourne Lad (G2 Curragh Railway Stakes), Harbour Watch (G2 Goodwood Richmond Stakes) and Listed Longchamp winner Vaniloquio.
Dark Angel was Europe’s 2011 Champion first-season sire in the winners’ category. There were 33 individual winners of 54 races topped by his star filly Lily’s Angel in the Listed Empress Stakes at Newmarket..
Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster tapped into the Acclamation sireline when he shuttled Group 1 sprinter Equiano from Newsells Park Stud to Australia last year.
Sangster received glowing reports about the first northern hemisphere foals by Equiano at the Inglis Easter yearling sale and he will inspect them at first hand in England next month.
“The news is very encouraging,” Sangster explained. “Julian Dollar from Newsells told me they didn’t have to advertise Equiano at all this season. They could have taken another 40 mares but were conscious of not over taxing the stallion before he returns to Swettenham.”
Other English studmasters down here for Easter offered the following comments about the Equiano foals;
Tweenhill Farm’s David Redvers – “Great toplines, very attractive, good attitudes.” Houghton Bloodstock’s Robin Sharpe – “Like peas in a pod, neat, attractive and very commercial.” English National Stud’s Brian O’Rourke – “Eye catching, show precocity, athletic types, sire is stamping them.”
Equiano will stand at a $14,000 (inc gst) service fee for his second season at Swettenham Stud in 2012 and there are travel allowances for interstate clients. The resultant foals will automatically qualify for Super VOBIS and VOBIS GOLD as well as the 2012 foal from the visiting mare.
Acclamation colt wins the Tattersalls 3YO Millions at Newmarket