Royal Aclaim could move up to Listed level on their next outing after bouncing back from an absence of over a year with a fantastic comeback run.
The James Tate-trained three-year-old was the winner of a top caliber novice on her racecourse debut last May, beating Commonwealth Cup hero Perfect Power and Group-ranked colt Fearby .
An injury setback then sidelined her for 382 days, but she clinched victory effortlessly when landing a Bath maiden in early June by an attenuated three-and-three-quarter length.
The John Smith’s Cup meeting in York is now on the horizon for Royal Aclaim, who could line up for a Listed prize or a Group Three prize on the Knavesmire.
“She’s in good shape, we’ll just take a look at the black guy races in York next weekend,” Tate said.
“There’s a group of three fillies called the Summer Stakes over 1,400m on Friday, but it’s probably more likely that she’ll go for the Listed 1,400m race, the City Walls, because we’re leaning to stay longer. long.five at this point.
“That’s where we’re looking for a possible next run for her.”
After Bath’s success, there were mentions of the Nunthorpe Stakes as a possible target, the five-stage showpiece at Ebor’s York meeting.
The race remains on Tate’s radar for the long term and the city walls could serve as a springboard for his lightly raced filly should she impress.
“The Nunthorpe would be a dream, but in real terms we’ve only won a few Novices so this (City Walls) would be a suitable next step,” he said.
“The run at Bath was great, it was a long layoff and she hadn’t done a lot of fast work.
“It was nice to see after so long and especially on grass as she hasn’t been there for over a year. It would be great to see her running well in York next weekend.”