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Formerly trained by Wesley Ward in America, Acapulco made her debut in blinkers at Churchill Downs in May 2015 and, despite being sent off the well-backed odds-on favourite, could only manage to finish a well-beaten third of six.
Unperturbed, Ward, renowned for his speedy juveniles, sent her over for the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot. He was extremely vocal about her chances beforehand and it was not misplaced.
Sent off the heavily-backed 5-2 favourite, equipped with a tongue-tie and headgear, she thundered down the Ascot straight and beat Easton Angel by a length and a half.
Ward had described her as a juvenile with the size and attitude of a four-year-old and he immediately nominated the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York’s Ebor Meeting for her – a race only one two-year-old had won in the previous 22 years.
Receiving lots of weight from all of her rivals, she was sent off the 13-8 favourite and again showed bundles of early speed under Irad Ortiz Jr.
However, she couldn’t quite sustain the blistering pace throughout and was bypassed inside the final furlong by the fast-finishing Mecca’s Angel.
Acapulco did not race again in 2015 and was not seen on British shores in 2016. All three of her runs were in America and she disappointed on her final start over six and a half furlongs at Santa Anita.
In January 2017 it was announced she would be switched from Ward’s yard to that of Aidan O’Brien and she made a winning start for her new trainer at the Curragh in May.
She is in-foal to Galileo but it clearly has not impacted on her ability to run fast.
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