Aclaim takes Group 2 honours in the Alan Wood Plumbing and Heating Park Stakes

Aclaim (3-1) got up close home under Oisin Murphy to land the Group 2 Alan Wood Plumbing And Heating Park Stakes.

Martyn Meade’s four-year-old went one better than his previous start when he finished a narrow second to Brando in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

Murphy settled Aclaim in behind early leader Home Of The Brave and when push came to shove, he showed a great attitude to stick his head in front.

Nathra (13-2) held on to second having come through with what looked like a winning run on the far side, while Home Of The Brave (9-4f) battled back to take third.

Meade said: “He’s definitely going the right way, we are really looking for a Group 1 win for him. That’s our main ambition. He’s won a couple of Group 2s now so hopefully he can step up.

“We’ll be going back to France for the Prix de la Foret. He’s just shown today that he can be ridden anywhere.

“I think he was pretty impressive there and he came through at any time he wanted to. The ground will be fine in France, he can act on any ground and the seven furlongs is clearly what he wants. He doesn’t quite get a mile.”

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