Gimcrack and Acomb Stakes winners in profile

Gimcrack and Acomb Stakes winners in profile By Chris Hill 1:31AM 11 AUG 2016

THE foaling dates of Acomb Stakes winners from the last 20 renewals have ranged from mid-January through to early May, though January and March stand out for the number of times colts born in those two months have been successful in the 7f contest.

March has provided seven winners in Bijou D’Inde, Bourbonnais, Entifaadha, Fast Company, Hemingway, Rule Of Law and Waiters Dream and January is close behind with last year’s winner Recorder becoming the sixth victor to be born in the first month of the year following Comfy, Dundonnell, King’s Best, Revoque and Saratoga Springs.

Interestingly, the last two named claimed the race in the mid-90s before the contest was afforded it’s Listed status in 1998 and since the race was upgraded to the current Group 3 level in 2006 just two renewals have been won by January foals.

Stud careers of Acomb winners

1999 Acomb winner King’s Best went on to claim victory in the following year’s 2,000 Guineas and the son of Kingmambo has proved the most successful at stud in the last 20 years, siring eight individual Group/Grade 1 winners including 2010 Derby and Arc hero Workforce and fellow Acomb victor Elliots World, who landed the 2004 renewal.

Fast Company won the 2007 Acomb and finished half-a-length runner-up to New Approach in the Dewhurst Stakes before his retirement to stud where, in the wake of Jet Setting becoming his first Group 1 winner when successful in this season’s Irish 1,000 Guineas, the son of Danehill Dancer has been transferred to stand under the Darley banner at Kildangan Stud.

Another Acomb winner to have gone on to better things is 1996 hero Revoque who twice won Group 1s at Longchamp before siring a winner at the highest level in Ribella.

Other past Acomb victors to have excelled at Group 1 level are Racing Post Trophy winners Saratoga Springs and Palace Episode, St James’s Palace Stakes victor Bijou d’Inde and St Leger hero Rule Of Law, though none have been particularly successful in their stud careers.

Leading sires of Acomb winners

No sire has dominated the Acomb Stakes with the last 20 winners all being by different stallions. What is perhaps more remarkable is that seven-time champion sire Galileo had not produced a winner until last year when Recorder put the record straight carrying the colours of The Queen.

Year, winner, foaling date

2015 Recorder 28/01/2013
Galileo-Memory (Danehill Dancer)

2014 Dutch Connection 06/04/2012
Dutch Art-Endless Love (Dubai Destination)

2013 Treaty Of Paris 02/04/2011
Haatef-Symbol Of Peace (Desert Sun)

2012 Dundonnell 30/01/2010
First DefenceFamily (Danzig)

2011 Entifaadha 25/03/2009
Dansili-Model Queen (Kingmambo)

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2010 Waiters Dream 16/03/2008
Oasis Dream-Sarah Georgina (Persian Bold)

2009 Elusive Pimpernel 14/02/2007
Elusive Quality-Cara Fantasy (Sadler’s Wells)

2008 No race

2007 Fast Company 18/03/2005
Danehill Dancer-Sheezalady (Zafonic)

2006 Big Timer 25/02/2004
Street Cry-Moonflute (The Minstrel)

2005 Palace Episode 02/05/2003
Machiavellian-Palace Weekend (Seattle Dancer)

Gimcrack winners have a similar profile to those that have succeeded in the Acomb with February and March foals faring best over the last 20 years, providing seven and six winners respectively.

Ajaya and Muhaarar, successful in the last two renewals of the 6f Group 2, were foaled in February, as were Abou Zouz, Conquest, Country Reel, Josr Algarhoud and Tony James with winners born in March comprising Approve, Balmont, Blaine, Rock Of Gibraltar, Shaweel and Showcasing including four of the last eight victors.

Stud careers of Gimcrack winners

Winners of the Gimcrack have a decent record of turning into successful sires with notable stallions with the race on their roll of honour including seven-time Group 1 winner Rock Of Gibraltar, sire of 13 individual winners at the highest level, Mull Of Kintyre, sire of dual Group 1-winning miler Araafa, and emerging stallion Showcasing, who was responsible for a first top-level winner this season when Quiet Reflection triumphed in the Commonwealth Cup.

In addition, 2014 hero Muhaarar went on to claim four Group 1 victories last year on the way to being crowned champion European three-year-old sprinter. Retired to owner Sheikh Hamdan’s Nunnery Stud in Norfolk, he has understandably been well supported with Group 1 producers Sun Bittern and Twilight Mistress just two of the choice mares he has covered.

Leading sires of Gimcrack winners

Triple Group 1 hero Oasis Dream is the most successful sire of Gimcrack winners in recent times with Muhaarar, Approve and Showcasing landing the race in 2014, 2010 and 2009 respectively, though this season doesn’t look capable of adding to that number with none of his offspring engaged at present.

Perennially among the leading sires of two-year-olds, Invincible Spirit has supplied two winners of the York contest in last year’s hero Ajaya and 2006 victor Conquest and Mark Johnston’s unbeaten colt Sutter County would be of obvious interest should he take his place in this year’s race.

Year, winner, foaling date

2015 Ajaya 26/02/2013
Invincible Spirit-Nessina (Hennessy)

2014 Muhaarar 25/02/2012
Oasis Dream-Tahrir (Linamix)

2013 Astaire 19/04/2011
Intense Focus-Runway Dancer (Dansili)

2012 Blaine 21/03/2010
Avonbridge-Lauren Louise (Tagula)

2011 Caspar Netscher 11/05/2009
Dutch Art-Bella Cantata (Singspiel)

2010 Approve 13/03/2008
Oasis Dream-Wyola (Sadler’s Wells)

2009 Showcasing 31/03/2007
Oasis Dream-Arabesque (Zafonic)

2008 (at Newbury) Shaweel 29/03/2006
Dansili-Cooden Beach (Peintre Celebre)

2007 Sir Gerry 20/04/2005
Carson City-Incredulous (Indian Ridge)

2006 Conquest 12/02/2004
Invincible Spirit-Aguinaga (Machiavellian)

2005 Amadeus Wolf 28/01/2003
Mozart-Rachelle (Mark Of Esteem)

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