WITH 145 members in his first crop, Tally-Ho Stud’s Mehmas (Acclamation) is many people’s idea of the potential leading first crop sire in 2020. The son of Acclamation (Royal Applause) is, like Dark Angel, out of a daughter of Machiavellian (Mr Prospector). His racing profile was not dissimilar to that of the Yeomanstown stallion.

Mehmas raced only at two, though a Group 1 win eluded him. That said, he was very consistent, winning half of his eight starts and placing in all the others. Victories included the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket and the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at York, both over six furlongs. On the latter occasion his immediate victim was the subsequent four-time Group 1 winner Blue Point. Mehmas’s placed efforts included being runner-up to multiple Group 1 winners, Churchill in the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh.