Next stop, Royal Ascot for Highclere Agency’s Guineas heroine Cachet

Next stop, Royal Ascot for Highclere Agency’s Guineas heroine Cachet

19th May 2022

Having already stamped her mark in the history books with euphoric scenes at HQ, it was another Classic weekend for the 1,000 Guineas winner CACHET who set out for more history making in the French counterpart, a feat that hasn’t been achieved in over a decade.

It was a first British Classic success for Highclere Agency as the three-year-old daughter of Aclaim made all the running in the prestigious fillies’ mile contest earlier this month. Subsequently providing a first victory of its kind on home soil for owner Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, trainer George Boughey, jockey James Doyle and her sire furthermore.

Newmarket’s Rowley Mile was familiar territory for the dual Group-winning filly, having dominated the Nell Gwyn Stakes in April and just over a year previous, being the location where she caught the eye of Jake Warren at Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale [purchased for just 60,000gns from Hyde Park Stud]. Reflecting on his purchase of Cachet, Jake caught up with Nick Luck on his daily podcast:

“With the system that we have, we focus very heavily on them breezing, we look at the times closely, we look at the manner in which they breeze, we look at how they gallop out and we are very strict on the physicals. She fitted all those boxes.

It was a system that has brought her to the top and we were lucky enough to be able to buy her. You can look at all the high price horses that go through the ring and think how did this filly slip through at 60,000? But she had very interesting markers in her breeze and she fitted our criteria and that’s the criteria that has got us good horses in the past, fillies like Queen Of Bermuda [Gr.3-winning juvenile], Spycatcher [multiple Group-performing stakes winner], Spirit Of Bermuda [stakes-placed 2yo debut winner], those horses have all had similar profiles.”

Cachet put in a blinding run in the French 1000 Guineas to just narrowly be denied by the Mikel Delzangles-trained Mangoustine. Trainer George Boughey was full of praise for his filly and it is likely she will now have a rematch with the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winner at the Royal meeting:

“I’m sure there are more big races in her and to finish second just two weeks after Newmarket is a compliment to her. The draw possibly cost us and she’ll go for the Coronation Stakes now.”

Cachet winning the 2022 QIPCO 1,000 Guineas Stakes, Gr.1