Aclaim continues rise with Group 2 success


Aclaim (black cap) got the better of Lumiere (grey) late on to score

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 By mark scully 2:45PM 7 OCT 2016 

Report: Newmarket, Friday

Dubai 100 Challenge Stakes (Group 2) 7f, 3yo+

THE progressive Aclaim continued his ascent through the grades as he grinded out a determined victory to make it three wins in a row in the Dubai 100 Challenge Stakes.

Aclaim had been partnered by Jamie Spencer at his previous two starts, most recently when taking a Listed contest at Newbury, but Frankie Dettori took over this time to notch his sixth victory in the race.

Lumiere made a bold bid from the front for the Mark Johnston team and was carried out on her shield as 6-1 chance Aclaim overhauled her inside the final furlong with an impressive turn of foot to score by a length.

Jallota took third, half a length further back, at odds of 10-1.

Dettori, who won the same race 12 months ago aboard Cable Bay, was full of praise for Aclaim, with the three-year-old now the winner of five of his nine career starts.

“The ground was a bit quick for him but he answered every call. He was very professional and came out of the dip well,” Dettori said.

Also on Friday

Newmarket: Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes (Group 3) 5f, 2yo

BARGAIN buy Mrs Danvers stayed unbeaten with another fine performance, as her latest victory took her to five from five for the season.

Unsold through the ring at £1,000, Mrs Danvers has since banked in excess of £195,000 and her speed was evident again as she set a course record at the minimum trip for juveniles, stopping the clock at 58.69 seconds.

Battaash took the field along at a ferocious pace, and, while others were unable to live with the leader, 2-1 favourite Mrs Danvers was in prime position for Richard Kingscote before taking over.

Clem Fandango stuck on for second, with Battaash fading to third.

Winning trainer Jonny Portman said: “She’s very special, she’s got the speed and spirit.

“She wasn’t quite right after her last run and it’s been a rush to get here. Next year, we’ll have to think about races like the Commonwealth Cup and the Nunthorpe.”

Paddy Power responded to the impressive display by making Mrs Danvers a 10-1 chance for the Commonwealth Cup, a race won this year by Quiet Reflection, who landed this prize 12 months ago.

Newmarket: Oh So Sharp Stakes (Group 3) 7f, 2yo fillies

POET’S VANITY followed up an impressive Salisbury maiden success with a taking victory stepped up to Group 3 company.

Sent off a 13-2 chance, Poet’s Vanity was always up with the steady pace under Oisin Murphy and was game in front as she held off the challenges of runner-up Glitter Girl at 8-1 and third-placed Unforgettable Filly at 10-1.

The winning distance was a length, with the same gap back to third, as 3-1 favourite Double Lady could manage only fifth for trainer Andre Fabre.

Trainer Andrew Balding now has his sights set on the Qipco 1,000 Guineas next spring and said: “She did that very professionally and you’d have to be thinking in terms of that race after that.

“I wouldn’t mind if she went straight for the race.”

William Hill responded by introducing Poet’s Vanity to their market for the Newmarket Classic at 25-1.

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