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Acquitted looks smart at Newbury; bred by Lannister Holdings out of Irish purchase

Acquitted, out of €22,000 Goffs November purchase Blameless, again looked a high-class prospect in the making for Hugo Palmer on Friday when landing his second victory, a novice stakes at Newbury.

Acquitted: turned in a brave performance at Newbury. Photo: Newbury Racecourse

The son of Night Of Thunder made a sparkling start to his racing career last month when the impressive winner of his debut at Kempton. He was later well fancied to follow up in the Haynes, Hanson and Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury and wasn’t disgraced in fourth.

Saddled with a penalty on this occasion, Acquitted made a winning move when kicking clear under Kieran Shoemark over a furlong out in the bad conditions and was always doing enough to bravely hold the challenge of Waleydd in the 13-runner affair.

Acquitted pictured as a foal with Blameless

“Acquitted is an useful colt and I think that might be him finished for the year,” said Kieran Shoemark. “He handled the ground, but he didn’t like it, so he must be quite good and was only doing enough. He could do better next year as he’s a big horse who will fill out a bit more.”

Acquitted is the second good winner of the past few months for Blameless following Blame The Ruler, who looked smart in victory for Arturo Cousino and John Hammond on only her second start at Clairefontaine in August.

The pair were bred by Lannister Holdings out of Blameless, an Authorized half-sister to the smart Godolphin-trained Very Talented.

This is an excellent Chilean family that goes back to another champion and blue hen Cristalline.

Acquitted was purchased by Avenue Bloodstock and Hugo Palmer for €60,000 at last year’s Goffs Orby Sale.

Acquitted was foaled and raised at Blakestown Stud and was sold on his breeder’s behalf by Ballylinch Stud.

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