Seven Days: Sharing The Joy


Classic winner Cachet and her many owners | PA Images


The first Classics of the year are in the book: four in total, in Britain and Italy. Charlie Appleby sends out major winners with such metronomic regularity that it is easy to forget that there was a time when the Godolphin blue silks were a scarcity in Classic fields. 

Having gone so close in last year's 2000 Guineas with Master Of The Seas (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), who was narrowly denied by the Jim Bolger-trained Poetic Flare (Ire) (Dawn Approach {Ire}), Appleby left nothing to chance this year when aiming both barrels at the Rowley Mile and firing in a one-two with Coroebus (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}). Though the second-favourite overturned the favourite, for the Godolphin team that was very much the right result, the winner being a homebred by the operation's beloved flag-bearer Dubawi and a member of a family which has brought repeated success for Sheikh Mohammed. That includes two Dubai World Cups courtesy of Thunder Snow (Ire) (Helmet {Aus}), a half-brother to Coroebus's dam First Victory (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}). The 2000 Guineas was just the first of an extraordinary run of success for Teofilo as a broodmare sire over the weekend. He popped up again as the damsire of 1000 Guineas winner Cachet (Ire) (Aclaim {Ire}), just 40 minutes after he filled the same role in the breeding of Ed Walker's G2 Dahlia S. winner Dreamloper (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}).

Fifteen years ago, Teofilo's own Classic season spluttered to a halt without ever really getting started. Having finished the previous season as champion 2-year-old in Europe, a tendon problem ruled him out of the 2000 Guineas, and his trainer and breeder Jim Bolger eventually retired him in August with just his juvenile credentials to his name as he joined the Darley roster. But what credentials they were, representing a faultless progression through the summer of 2006, from maiden, to Listed and Group 2 success, followed by a brace of Group 1s, both at the expense of Coolmore's Holy Roman Emperor (Ire).

At stud, Teofilo has never quite had the flashy profile of some of his major rivals in the stallion list, which include of course his own over-achiever of a sire, Galileo (Ire). But as we have discussed in these pages before, Teofilo has steadily compiled an admirable record, with 22 Group 1 winners worldwide, and as every proper stallion should become as they age, he is now a force to be reckoned with as a broodmare sire. His three Classic winners in this sphere include the Bolger-bred Mac Swiney (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}).

Though Teofilo is not represented by many sons at stud, it is worth nothing that the speedy Havana Gold (Ire) has already notched three stakes winners this season–among the British-based sires only Dubawi and Frankel (GB) have had more–and Havana Gold's son Havana Grey (GB) is currently the co-leader with Sioux Nation in the freshman sires' table with four winners apiece.

Riotous Response For Cachet 

The 1000 Guineas winner Cachet turns out to have been very well named. Her antics have not only brought her much respect and distinction, but also for her trainer George Boughey, for whom she was a first Classic winner in only his third full season with a licence. She is not the first to have demonstrated Boughey's prowess, of course. Mystery Angel (Ire) became the trainer's first black-type winner exactly a year earlier when landing the Listed Pretty Polly S. and, after being boldly supplemented for the Oaks, she ran a mighty race to be second to Snowfall (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}).

Cachet only had to leave her back gate at Saffron House Stables and stroll across Southfields to land the biggest victory of her career to date, but some longer-distance travel may soon be required again.

“She makes my job very easy,” Boughey told TDN on Monday. “She has always been sound, she eats up and trains. She's very hard to fault because she's so willing. I had a long chat to Jake Warren and Harry Herbert and it's almost not doing her justice to not consider another Guineas. 

“The French Guineas might just suit her a bit better than Ireland and she loves her racing. I've never thought I've over-raced her. I'm sure some people would say that they thought I have, but she loves it and I think we are going to consider the French Guineas before Royal Ascot.”

Six of Cachet's ten starts have come on her neighbouring racecourses in Newmarket, but she has already made overseas trips to Longchamp and to Del Mar, when she was fourth, beaten only a length, in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Boughey added, “It's a long year and I quite want to end up in the Breeders' Cup again. For me, having a Breeders' Cup winner is perhaps my biggest career goal. Of course everyone wants to win the Derby but travelling horses is something I really want to do, and we've done it with a degree of success already to France.”

He added of his home track, “The good thing about racing at Newmarket is that they're back in their box in an hour. She's had two runs [this season], and obviously [the 1000 Guineas] was a hard race, but the run before was like a racecourse gallop. She hardly did a stroke. It's a big advantage being here.”

The Newmarket faithful certainly gave Boughey and Cachet a rousing return to the winner's enclosure on Sunday. The Rowley Mile can sometimes lack atmosphere but that was not the case after the 1000 Guineas, when the sense of collective joy was infectious. 

“I've never known a reception like it,” said the trainer. “It was almost like Best Mate winning a third Gold Cup. My biggest task now is trying to get through my messages. I've got 400 to read still. All my family was there yesterday–aunts, uncles, brother, sisters, cousins, mum, dad, it was amazing. That was probably where quite a lot of the noise came from.”

A lot of the noise also came from the 20 members of the Highclere Racing Syndicate which owns Cachet. As one of the Coolmore contingent mentioned as he passed by the winner's enclosure, a major winner for a syndicate is a superb result for racing's broader appeal, as that joy was multiplied and shared by so many.

“That's the families of all those owners celebrating now, and it's great to see,” he said. 

With one riotously happy weekend stored in the memory banks to sustain them through the darker months of winters, the smiling riders of George Boughey's string pulled out on Monday morning as usual. It may have been a Bank Holiday in Britain but the work never stops in a racing stable, even if it started a little later than usual, with eyes a bit blearier following the previous night's celebrations. The trainer was back in his usual spot atop Warren Hill, keenly observing his string as they completed a steady canter. As he drove back down the Moulton Road, he received a cheery wave of congratulation from fellow trainer Chris Wall, cycling by.

Chatting to TDN a little later on, the equable Boughey confessed, “I never thought I'd have one like her in a lifetime. The first horse I bought, I made Sam Haggas buy me something to try to win a classified race, so it's come a long way for sure.”

That was only in 2019. Boughey has indeed come a long way. He'll go farther still, for sure.

Acclaim For Aclaim

There has been plenty of interest in the offspring of Time Test (GB) at recent sales but he has been firmly usurped by his National Stud mate Aclaim (Ire) in the second-crop sires' race. A Group 1-winning son of Acclamation (GB) from the family of Montjeu (Ire), Aclaim is the first of that intake to sire a Group 1 winner this year. Cachet remains his sole black-type winner, but his first crop also contains the Group 2-placed Jacinda (GB), and he has the clearly highly regarded Royal Aclaim (Ire) entered for both the G1 King's Stand S. and the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Trained by James Tate, Royal Aclaim is on the comeback trail since her sole run at Newcastle in May 2021, three weeks after graduating from the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-up Sale with a price tag of 60,000gns, the same amount paid by Highclere for Cachet at the earlier Craven Sale. We may have seen nothing of Royal Aclaim since her maiden victory but she had some pretty smart horses behind her that day, notably the subsequent dual Group 1 winner Perfect Power (Ire) (Ardad {Ire}) and the Listed winner and multiple Group-placed Fearby (Ire) (Havana Gold {Ire}).

Like Dark Angel (Ire) and Mehmas (Ire) before him, Aclaim could yet prove to be another influential member of the expanding line of one of Northern Dancer's less heralded sons, Try My Best, through grandson Royal Applause (GB). The latter remains in luxurious retirement at The Royal Studs in Sandringham at the age of 29.

On The Attack

In Rome on Sunday, the Endo Botti-trained Swipe Up (Ire) rather appropriately became the 50th group winner for Teofilo's old friend Holy Roman Emperor (Ire) when landing the G3 Premio Regina Elena (Italian 1000 Guineas). Bred by George Kent at Knockenduff Stud and sold for just £6,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale, she was followed home, at a five-length distance, by another daughter of the same sire, Nonna Ercolina (Ire). Another Coolmore stallion Highland Reel (Ire) provided the third home, Atamisque (Ire), to bring up an Irish-bred trifecta. 

In the Italian 2000 Guineas, the G3 Premio Parioli, the winner See Hector (Ger) represented, like Cachet, another European second-season sire in Counterattack (Aus). The son of Redoute's Choice (Aus) may be less familiar to European breeders as he did all of his racing in Australia, where he won a Group 3 sprint and earned three Group 1 placings. Bred on the same Redoute's Choice-Snippets cross as Australian supersire Snitzel (Aus) and a half-brother to the Dane Shadow-sired Group 1 winners Red Tracer (Aus) and Shellscrape (Aus), Counterattack joined the Faust family's Gestut Karlshof in 2018. He was represented by his first stakes winner, Pirouz (Ger), in the Listed Premio Emanuele Filiberto, a trial for the Derby Italiano, in Milan on Saturday. This was swiftly followed by his first group success with See Hector, both winners having been bred by Gestut Karlshof. 

“It's extraordinary. We're very happy to see Counterattack have a Classic winner in his first crop, especially as he has only 20 to 25 horses in training,” said Holger Faust, the racing manager for See Hector's owner Cometica Ag and whose parents run Gestut Karlshof.

He added, “We were looking for a son of Redoute's Choice. Back in the days when Counterattack started at our place Redoute's Choice was the sire of 11 stallions who have produced a Group 1 winner, and now I think that number is 15. We are very keen to stand stallions by a good sire of sires. In our opinion that is very important.”

He added, “So Redoute's Choice was one factor, but the other was that Counterattack ran 27 times in three years, so he was tough. Also it was a question of quality, because the Australians maybe have the best sprinters in the world. Last but not least, on his dam side, he is a brother to two Group 1 winners. The fact also that he is out of a Snippets mare made it more and more exciting.”

Along with See Hector, potential forthcoming runners for Counterattack in Classics in Germany and Italy include Pirouz, Open Skies (Ger), and Zandjan (Ger), who broke his maiden in Munich on Saturday. 

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