STAKE ACCLAIM just loves Windsor and he made it win number three at the course this afternoon, from just seven visits, when getting the better of Firenze Rosa by a short head in a five furlong apprentice handicap under Callum Hutchinson.
The 9yo son of Acclamation had lost his way over the winter and in fact it was two years since his last win but he’s always been a better horse on the turf with all previous six victories having coming on the grass.
He had a lot in his favour today and conditions were ripe for a big run. The ground was officially Good To Soft, although it was drying out all the time, He was a previous course and distance winner and he was running off a mark, 29lbs lower than his last win, back in April 2019 at Newbury. Last time out, at Chelmsford, he was only beaten a length, so the portents were good for him to run well.
Today, Callum Hutchinson had him close up and after disputing the lead a furlong from home, the pair took it up inside the final half furlong and ran on just holding the runner-up.
Congratulations to owner Michael Yarrow, whose charge was winning his seventh race in 45 starts. Rated 108 at his peak, Stake Acclaims’s legs are not getting any younger but today showed he still has ability and the desire to win. He only won narrowly today which means the handicapper cannot put him up much and also, he’ll be better when getting proper soft or heavy going.
The yard had been very quiet over the winter but Dancinginthewoods got the ball rolling with a win at Leicester ten days ago under Hollie Doyle and this was the second win for the yard in the last six races. Hopefully, it’s onwards and upwards and the winners will start to flow.