STAKE ACCLAIM (pictured) defied 517 days off the track to win at Newbury yesterday at 25/1 and was the first leg of a 181/1 stable double completed by Fantastic Flyer at Kempton, who obliged at 6/1.
The seven-year-old son of Acclamation was the outsider of the eight-runner party in the five furlong Dubai Duty Free Handicap but from the moment the gates opened, the second top-weight, rated 101, always looked comfortable under Adam Kirby and travelled very well in front.
He made all in the soft conditions which he relished and quickened a furlong from home and was two and three-quarter lengths to the good ahead of the runner-up, Blue De Vega. The winning rider, who was aboard Stake Acclaim for the first time said: “I’m chuffed with Stake Acclaim and that was a good performance. He showed a lot of speed and ran through the line; he’s a very talented horse. Dean thought he’d got him pretty right and was looking forward to him running as he thought he’d improve a bit. He was in good shape and moving great.”
Congratulations to owner Michael Yarrow, whose patience will hopefully be rewarded with more success from the very honest and game Stake Acclaim.
The double was completed in similarly comfortable fashion by Fantastic Flyer at Kempton in the first division of a Classified Stakes over seven furlongs. The four-year-old daughter of Harbour Watch was also returning after a long absence, comprising 214 days but this lightly-raced filly made short work of her absence. Held up by Martin Dwyer, she made good progress on the inner and went clear a furlong out to win easily by 3 1/4 lengths. Congratulions to owner Mrs K M Young, who also bred the filly at Gracelands Stud.
The stable has enjoyed a great week with three winners and is now on 11 for the season, five of which have come in April.