George Boughey

The Boughey Juveniles: 'Breeze-Ups Are A Big Part Of Our System'

It was two years ago this week that Cachet (Ire) won the G3 Nell Gwyn S. at Newmarket's Craven Meeting, setting her on the path to Classic glory for trainer George Boughey, who enjoyed the biggest success of his burgeoning career so far when the daughter of Aclaim (Ire) returned to the Rowley Mile to win the G1 1,000 Guineas less than three weeks later. That was a maiden victory at the top level for Boughey, who wasted no time doubling his tally in 2023 when Via Sistina (Ire) (Fastnet...

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La Grotte Then French 1000 Guineas Pencilled In For Chic Colombine

Fresh off her victory in the Listed Prix La Camargo last Saturday, Chic Colombine (Fr) (Seahenge) has been tasked with the Apr. 14 G3 Prix La Grotte followed by the G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches on May 12, according to trainer George Boughey. The Highclere Thoroughbred Racing colourbearer was fourth in the G3 Oh So Sharp S. in October, and was making her eighth start on Mar. 16. "She was good, I think the fashion of her win was a bit surprising but it didn't surprise me that she won,"...

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November Handicap Relocated to Newcastle

The Virgin Bet November H., originally to be run at Doncaster but abandoned due to a waterlogged track, will now be run at Newcastle and has attracted 34 entries headlined by Charlie Appleby trainee SW Local Dynasty (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), who was gelded since his last run in July, and George Boughey charge Mr Alan (GB) (Ulysses {Ire}). Fresh off his Breeders' Cup success, Michael Appleby enters a pair--In The Breeze (Ire) (Harzand {Ire}) and Sonnerie Power (Fr) (Almanzor {Fr})--and William Haggas, who won this handicap 10 years ago with...

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Via Sistina Returns to the December Sale a Group 1 Winner

With the benefit of glorious hindsight it seems scarcely believable that Via Sistina (GB) could have been sold at the December Yearling Sale four years ago for just 5,000gns by her breeder Laundry Cottage Stud. One thing is certain: when the Group 1 winner returns to Tattersalls in a few weeks among the elite Sceptre Sessions of the December Mares' Sale, her price will have many more zeroes on the end. A big, scopey mare who took some time to fill her statuesque frame, the five-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock...

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Classic Winner Cachet Retired; Heads Next to Tattersalls

Cachet (Ire) (Aclaim {Ire}), the winner of last season's 1000 Guineas, has been retired and will be seen next in the Tattersalls December Mares Sale. The filly, owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, gave Newmarket trainer George Boughey his first Classic success at the Rowley Mile and was narrowly denied a follow-up victory in France when second by a head to Mangoustine (Fr) (Dark Angel {Ire}) in the G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches. Cachet picked up an injury when fifth in the G1 Coronation S. at Royal Ascot the following month...

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Chic Columbine Takes Fillies' Final of British EBF £100K 2YO Series

Highclere Racing's Chic Columbine (Fr) (Seahenge) nosed out Lexington Belle (Ire) (Belardo {Ire}) to land the Fillies' Final of the British EBF £100,000 2yo Series at Goodwood Racecourse Wednesday. Group 2-placed Les Blues (GB) (Blue Point {Ire}) finished back in third. A €10,000 Osarus yearling graduate, the George Boughey- trained filly has finished in the top three in five prior starts, including her most recent success in the £50,000 British Stallion Studs EBF Carrie Red Nursery H. at Doncaster's St Leger meeting Sept. 14. The Highclere filly qualified via two...

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Via Sistina to Seek Romanet Riches at Deauville

Rebecca Hillen's G1 Pretty Polly S. winner Via Sistina (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) will head to France for her next start in the G1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville. She most recently finished third in the G1 Tattersalls Falmouth S. at Newmarket on July 14. "Via Sistina is in great shape," Boughey said. "It was a little frustrating watching the [G1] Nassau [last week at Goodwood] without having her in it in that [soft] ground, but it was never really the plan after we went to the Falmouth and she's...

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Classic Heroine Nashwa Supplemented To Falmouth

Imad Al Sagar's Classic winner Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) has been supplemented at a cost of £20,000 to the G1 Falmouth S. at Newmarket on July 14. Trained by John and Thady Gosden, the dual Group 1 winner captured both the Prix de Diane and Nassau S. after running third in the G1 Oaks at Epsom last term. A good second in the G1 Prix de l'Opera that October, she ended her season with a fourth in the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf in the U.S. Now four,...

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Falmouth Stakes The Target For Boughey's Via Sistina

George Boughey has pencilled the G1 Falmouth S. at Newmarket in for his Group 1 heroine Via Sistina (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) following her Pretty Polly S. romp at the Curragh on Saturday.  Stepping up to the highest level for the first time following a brilliant display in the Dahlia S. in May, Via Sistina ran out an authoritative winner of the Pretty Polly to provide her trainer with a first ever success on Irish soil in the hands of Jamie Spencer. Boughey says that his stable star deserves even...

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Fastnet Rock's Via Sistina Survives Inquiry To Win The Pretty Polly

Connections of Via Sistina (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}--Nigh {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) had an anxious wait to learn whether their star mare would keep Saturday's G1 Yulong Pretty Polly S. at The Curragh, but ultimately the inquiry accepted that Becky Hillen's uber-bargain 5,000gns Tatts December Yearling purchase was clear best despite causing significant interference. So impressive on her favoured rain-deadened ground in last month's G2 Dahlia S. at Newmarket, the George Boughey-trained 5-year-old who had also captured the G3 Prix Fille de l'Air in the autumn was confidently-supported into 6-4...

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Big-Name Transfer: Asadna Switched From George Boughey To Alice Haynes

Asadna (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), one of the big talking horses this season, has been switched from George Boughey to Alice Haynes by Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah after the colt's ninth-placed effort in the G2 Coventry S. at Royal Ascot.  Much of the hype surrounding the colt stemmed from a scintillating 12-length victory on debut at Ripon. It was on the strength of that performance that Asadna was sent off just 7-2 for the Coventry but he failed to land a glove on River Tiber (Ire) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) and was...

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Plays And Lays: Who Are The Juveniles To Side With And Against At Ascot?

It never ceases to amaze how much debate the two-year-old races at Royal Ascot generate each year. A quick scan on racing Twitter over the past few days confirmed as much.  For all the fascinating puzzles that the royal meeting will serve up this week, including whether Paddington (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}) can cope with Chaldean (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the St James's Palace, what will reign supreme in the Prince Of Wales's or if any of the Australian sprinters can land a blow in the King's Stand S., it's the...

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