French 1000 Guineas: Cachet chasing the classic double | racing news
George Boughey feels Qipco 1000 Guineas winner Cachet will suit the style of racing at ParisLongchamp as she looks for more classic glory at the French equivalent on Sunday.
Aclaim’s daughter will once again team up with two-guinea-winning jockey James Doyle at the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, where she will face 14 opponents.
However, the task for the Highclere Throughbred Racing-owned filly has been made difficult by the draw, with Cachet competing from 10th.
Doyle did virtually the entire race over Newmarket’s straight Rowley Mile to fend off Prosperous Voyage by a nose and Boughey, who is still trying to top his first British Classic success in just his fourth season on a license, hopes the favorite ante-post will be able to get past your tricky spot and dictate again.
“Winning the Guineas was great,” said the young Newmarket manager. “He’s in very good health since he won and it makes my job a lot easier.
“She has been training well and appears to have traveled well.
“The draw isn’t ideal. It means she’s going to have to go fast from the gate, but she’s a running filly and I’m certainly not going to break her stride.”
“I think the French races will do well for him if he can get away from the gate. They seem to be slowing down and with a lot of the luxury horses in, it’s amazing to even be in a position where we’re talking about this!”
Only one filly has completed the English and French 1,000 guineas double this century. Special Duty accomplished that feat in 2010 and the last to do so was Miesque in 1987.
Boughey is under no illusions about the task facing Cachet, adding: “It can be quite a tall order, but he traveled well to America last season (when he placed fourth behind Pizza Bianca in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar) and I think the style of racing will suit her. You don’t have much of a chance to win a Clasico, so let’s go again.”
Cachet is set to go out as the favourite, despite the fact that the main rival in the market, Rosacea, obtained a favorable draw in position one.
Trained by Deauville-based Stephane Wattel, Rosacea claimed the Group Three Prix de la Grotte for course and distance over her season span.
“Rosacea is doing very well,” Wattel said. “There have been no problems with his preparation since he won the Prix de la Grotte.
“Has he improved since then? I can’t say because, in the mornings, we do everything we can to not blunt his speed.”
Another British interest is provided by Jumbly, who is climbing a mile for the first time, having run a bit loose early on with Kieran Shoemark when she was beaten by a half-length by Wild Beauty on her comeback at Fred Darling at Newbury last month.
Hollie Doyle, who was on board when she was fourth behind Hello You and Cachet in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket in September, and again when she landed a Listed contest at Newbury in her last junior start, renews her partnership with the daughter of Gleneagles.
Coach Roger Charlton feels the extra stadium will help Jumbly.
He said: “She was a bit enthusiastic at Newbury. She was maybe a bit fresh, though it’s not in her character to be that way. She ran well to be beaten by half a length.”
“She made good progress and I think she’s bred to appreciate an extra furlong so I hope she settles in and I think even though she won on very soft ground at Newbury last season she’s a filly that moves well and has the speed you’d expect. “. earth she should be fine.
“I think the draw (place four) is good. It would be a good result to be in the top four.
“I hope the extra furlong helps her. When she raced at Newmarket she came too far back and finished two lengths behind Cachet at the Rockfel.
“She was running that day and she has to find one or two pitches, but hopefully we could win.”
Heat Of The Moment are also climbing the ride for the third time in their career, having taken a Yarmouth rookie with ease in October before finishing sixth near Wild Beauty on their season bow at Fred Darling.
Trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam is pleased that the daughter of Bobby’s Kitten has a better draw than her other great hope, Claymore, who has been the widest draw of them all at the French 2000 Guineas, which takes place 40 minutes later.
Of Jim Crowley’s mount, he said: “Heat Of The Moment had a bad draw at Fred Darling, where she was drawn one, but now she’s got nine, so that’s good – she can jump and take cover and hopefully take her to home”. .
“We could have done it with a little bit of rain. We’re not going to get that, but they tend to have a good grass cover there.”
“He looks great in his coat. It was still winter at the Fred Darling, but now he’s totally into his summer coat, so that’s good. He’s fit and fine.”
Aidan O’Brien is represented by Toy, who took a seven furlongs maiden at Cork in her second start this season, after having her colors downgraded by Perfect Thunder on her debut as a three-year-old at the Curragh. Ryan Moore’s mount will break from post five.
“I think we were all a bit surprised when she was beaten in her maiden on her comeback as she had been working really well,” Moore told Betfair.
“And we all know how good his pedigree is, being related to a host of top-class performers like Gleneagles and a conveyor belt of equally good fillies.
“That way of beating the Curragh maiden didn’t work too well either, but clearly a lot of our horses needed their first races more than we thought, and she did well in Cork next time.”
“This is clearly a big step forward in the class, but she’s been showing us all the right signs at home, so let’s see how she does.”
“The extra furlong is an obvious advantage, and you may surprise some fillies with much higher ratings. He has shown it though, coming out of the inaugural company against a Classic winner at Cachet, group winners and the runner-up in Boussac Times Square, as well as many other promising fillies. You always need luck in your draw around here.”