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Guineas hero Cachet chasing Classic double at ParisLongchamp

Sun 15 May 2022

George Boughey feels Qipco 1000 Guineas winner Cachet will be suited to the style of racing at ParisLongchamp as she goes in search of more Classic glory in the French equivalent on Sunday.

The daughter of Aclaim will again be partnered by double Guineas-winning jockey James Doyle in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, where she will take on 14 rivals.

However, the task for the Highclere Throughbred Racing-owned filly has been made difficult by the draw, with Cachet racing from stall 10.

Doyle made virtually all the running over Newmarket’s straight Rowley Mile to fend off Prosperous Voyage by a nose and Boughey, who is still trying to get over gaining a maiden British Classic success in just his fourth season with a licence, hopes the ante-post favourite will be able to overcome her tricky berth and dictate again.

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“Winning the Guineas was great,” said the young Newmarket handler. “She is in rude health since she won and she makes my job very easy really.

“She has been training good and and seems to have travelled over well.

“The draw is not ideal. It means she will have to go fast from the gate, but she is a forward-going filly and I’m certainly not going to break her stride.

“I think French racing will suit her if she can get away from the gate. They do seem to slow it up and with a lot of the fancied horses inside – it is amazing to even be in a position where we are talking about this!”

Only one filly has completed the English-French 1000 Guineas double this century. Special Duty achieved that feat in 2010 and the last to do so was Miesque in 1987.

Boughey is under no illusions about the task facing Cachet and added: “It can be quite a tall order, but she travelled well to America last season (when a length fourth to 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 too many chances to win a Classic, so we go again.”

Cachet is set to go off favourite, despite main market rival Rosacea favourably drawn in stall one.

Trained by Deauville-based Stephane Wattel, Rosacea landed the Group Three Prix de la Grotte over course and distance on her seasonal bow.

“Rosacea is doing very well,” said Wattel. “There have been no hitches with her preparation since she won the Prix de la Grotte.

“Has she improved since then? I can’t say, because, in the mornings, we do our best not to blunt her speed.”

Other British interest is provided by Jumbly, who steps up to a mile for the first time, having raced a little freely early on under Kieran Shoemark when beaten half a length by Wild Beauty on her return in the Fred Darling at Newbury last month.

Hollie Doyle, who was aboard when fourth to Hello You and Cachet in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket in September, and again when landing a Listed contest at Newbury on he final juvenile start, renews her partnership with the daughter of Gleneagles.

Trainer Roger Charlton feels the additional furlong will help Jumbly.

He said: “She was a bit keen at Newbury. Maybe she was a bit fresh, although it is not in her character to be like that. She ran well to be beaten half a length.

“She made good headway and I guess she is bred to appreciate an extra furlong, so I hope she settles and I think, although she won on very soft ground at Newbury last season, she is a good-moving filly and on the expected quick ground she should be OK.

“I think the draw (stall four) is good. It would be a good result to be in the first four.

“I hope the extra furlong will help her. When she ran at Newmarket, she came from a bit too far back and ended up being two lengths behind Cachet in the Rockfel.

“She was running on that day and she has a length or two to find, but with a bit of luck we might get in the money.”

Heat Of The Moment is also going up in trip for the third start of her career, having taken a Yarmouth novice with ease in October before finishing a close-up sixth to Wild Beauty on her seasonal bow in the Fred Darling.

Trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam is pleased that the daughter of Bobby’s Kitten has a better draw than her other big hope Claymore, who has been drawn widest of all in the French 2000 Guineas which takes place 40 minutes later.

Of Jim Crowley’s mount, she said: “Heat Of The Moment had a bad draw in the Fred Darling, where she was drawn one, but she is now drawn nine, so that’s good – she can jump and get cover and hopefully bring her home.

“We could have done with a bit of rain. We are not going to get that, but they tend to have a good cover of grass there.

“She looks great in her coat. It was still wintry in the Fred Darling, but she has totally come into her summer coat now, so that’s good. She is fit and well.”

Aidan O’Brien is represented by Toy, who landed a seven-furlong maiden at Cork on her second start this season, having had her colours lowered by Perfect Thunder in her three-year-old debut at the Curragh. Ryan Moore’s mount will break from stall five.

“I think we were all a bit surprised when she was beaten in her maiden on her reappearance as she had been working very well,” Moore told Betfair.

“And we all know how good her pedigree is, being related to a whole host of top-class performers such as Gleneagles and a conveyor belt of similarly good fillies.

“That form of that Curragh maiden defeat hasn’t worked out that well either, but clearly a lot of our horses were needing their first runs more than we thought, and she did it well at Cork next time.

“This is clearly a huge step up in class but she has been showing us all the right signals at home, so let’s see how she gets on.

“The extra furlong is an obvious plus, and she may just surprise some much higher-rated fillies. She has it prove though, stepping out of maiden company against a Classic winner in Cachet, Group winners and the likes of Boussac runner-up Times Square, as well as plenty of other promising fillies. You always need luck from your draw around here.”

Jane Chapple-Hyam: Claymore faces tough task at Parislongchamp

Jane Chapple-Hyam admitted she had been left with a sinking feeling after top British hope Claymore was handed the widest draw of all in Sunday’s Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains at ParisLongchamp.

The Mary Slack-owned son of New Bay was three and a half lengths behind Native Trail in the Group Three Craven Stakes on his seasonal debut.

That form was subsequently franked by the winner, who chased home Godolphin stablemate Coroebus in the English 2000 Guineas.

Yet the twice-raced Claymore, who landed a soft-ground novice over seven furlongs on debut at Newmarket in October, has been done no favours being drawn widest of all in stall 16 for the Group One, which is also referred to as the French 2000 Guineas.

“I was having a wonderful day until I saw the draw,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“It is so disappointing. You go through all winter with the dream and then you see 16 of 16 and you just sink.

“The horse is well and I’ve got a brilliant horseman in Adam Kirby aboard, so it is down to him.

“It is just unfortunate for a small yard. It is just the way the cookie crumbles.”

Chapple-Hyam, who saddles Heat Of The Moment in the equivalent fillies’ race 40 minutes earlier, sent her team over a day earlier than scheduled in a bid to give them a little experience of their surroundings.

She added: “The horses have arrived safely and settled in. I went a day early because I didn’t want to get held up in Friday traffic.

“They are going to have a little gentle canter and they will get to see the track and the grandstand.

“Claymore is a quick learner, so I suppose that is one plus point in the fact he gets to see the track rather than just seeing it on raceday.

“He is in the French and English Derby and we will make a plan after he runs, but I’ve just got to get over the bad news about the draw first!”

Roger Varian was also left to bemoan a berth in stall 14 for Bayside Boy, who makes his first start of the season, having signed off last term with a close-up third to Luxembourg in the Group One Futurity Trophy at Doncaster.

Olivier Peslier comes in for the ride for the first time and Varian said: “It is not a great draw. It is what it is, we can’t do anything about it. The horse is in good form and we will have to do our best to overcome the draw.

“The ground is going to be quick – it is dry and warm in Paris – but we have no concerns about the ground.

“You want a low-numbered draw on the mile at Longchamp, so of course you have to be disappointed with the draw, but what can we do about it. It is out of our control, but the horse is in good form.”

Charlie Appleby, who saddled the 2000 Guineas one-two with Coroebus and Native Trail, was hoping for a low draw for Modern Games.

And his wish was granted as last season’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner, who will again be partnered by William Buick, is set to race from stall four.

The Godolphin-owned ante-post favourite has been pleasing connections at home.

“We have been delighted with his preparation,” Appleby told the Godolphin website.

“We can’t fault his preparation and are looking forward to having his first start as a three-year-old.”

Formula One driver Charles Leclerc, currently leading the world rankings at the wheel of his Ferrari, will be cheering on course-and-distance winner Lassaut, having recently acquired a share in the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained colt, who has won both starts this season.

Aidan O’Brien has won this race five times, including last year with St Mark’s Basilica, and he is represented by The Acropolis, the mount of Ryan Moore.

The Acropolis, winner of one of his nine starts, has yet to tackle a mile but stuck on well when finishing a half-length runner-up to Dr Zempf over seven furlongs at Leopardstown in the 2,000 Guineas Trial early last month.

“He certainly didn’t lack for experience at two, and he probably saved his best until last with a close fifth in a Group Three at Leopardstown in October,” Moore reported on his Betfair blog.

“I didn’t ride him on his return at the same track last month but he showed improved form to a much higher-rated opponent off levels.

“That form obviously needs improving on again here – and considerably so with the likes of Breeders’ Cup winner Modern Games in opposition, as well as the Craven runner-up Claymore – but maybe he has just come to himself now, so he is another worth chancing in this higher grade, with the step up to a mile expected to suit.”

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