James Doyle became just the fifth jockey of the modern era to land both Newmarket Classics in the same year when making all on Cachet to give George Boughey an incredible first Group 1 win in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas.
Just 24 hours after laying a few ghosts to rest in the 2,000 Guineas when steering Coroebus home for his employers Godolphin, Doyle returned to the Rowley Mile to bag the fillies’ equivalent for the first time on the ‘iron horse’ Cachet.
Remarkably, the daughter of Aclaim had given Boughey a first Group win in Britain in the Nell Gwyn Stakes only 19 days before and did things the hard way by making all from stall three to hold the late thrust of her old rival Prosperous Voyage by a neck, with Aidan O’Brien’s second string Tuesday back in third.
Never has a 16-1 winner been so lauded from the stands and also later in the winner’s enclosure with the victorious 20-strong Highclere Thoroughbred-Wild Flower syndicate in raptures after a coveted first British Classic win in their colours.
Doyle said: “It’s incredible. I’m not as emotional today after getting yesterday right and that was very enjoyable. I knew this filly from last year having ridden her to be third in the Fillies’ Mile and George felt she’d got stronger over the winter.
“She was an iron horse last year and looked a picture in the paddock; she just loves this track. She’s run here many times before and just eyes up the Dip and flies through it as if it’s not there. We were praying for the line but thankfully it came in time.
“Fair play to George and all the team at Saffron House as it’s an incredible achievement. Yesterday was pretty incredible but I was pretty hopeful coming here today as she has such great track knowledge and I kept it simple. I’ll have some sort of a celebration tonight but I’m at Windsor tomorrow so we’ll keep a lid on it for now.”
Members of the winning syndicate who had come from as far away as Texas were in raptures, while syndicate organiser Harry Herbert was among those almost moved to tears. He said: “It’s a dream, the ultimate dream. I’ve dreamt of those blue silks winning a British Classic. We did it in the Irish Oaks with Petrushka and the Royal Ascot Racing Club with Motivator in the Derby but to win the 1,000 Guineas is incredible. I can’t take it on board.
“She did it the hard way and is so tough, Jake Warren bought her at the breeze-up sales a year ago for 60,000 guineas and she’s now won a Classic. This shows that syndicates can do this and to win it for 20 lovely people. This here in the blue silks, it’s off the scale.”
Cachet will now head to Highclere’s own stomping ground of Royal Ascot for the Group 1 Coronation Stakes in June where she may encounter her old rival Inspiral, who was ruled out of the Classic a week earlier.
“In the end, I went second year and one of the first ones was this filly and she’s now won a Classic and that in just his third year as a trainer, it’s incredible. He’s a terrific talent and a lovely, lovely person.”
After the race, the stewards handed Doyle a two-day ban for using his whip above the permitted level.
Ralph Beckett, trainer of runner-up Prosperous Voyage, said: “I think it was a good effort and everything went to plan through the race and we were always going to ride her positively. We just ran out of road but that is life. It was a terrific effort and she will probably go a mile and a quarter now.
“She’s in the Prix Saint-Alary and that might be an option. I never felt she would get further than ten furlongs but we will see.”
Aidan O’Brien finished third in Saturday’s 2,000 Guineas with Luxembourg and Tuesday filled the same position for the trainer who had won five of the last six runnings of the 1,000 Guineas prior to Cachet’s success.
“Tuesday ran very well and we’re delighted,” O’Brien said. “She will go further obviously so it was a good run from her. Frankie [Dettori] was happy enough and the ground was quick but we know she will stay further and he was happy with the run.
“She has made great progress in the last couple of weeks and that is testament to her character and I couldn’t be more happier with that. It is possible [the Oaks] but she could go to an Irish 1,000 Guineas on the way.”
On last season’s Cheveley Park winner Tenebrism, who was sent off favourite but finished eighth, he added: “Ryan [Moore] said it was a little bit rough early for her and that might have taken its toll on her but we will get her home and see.
“There is always a chance that the trip might have been too far but we will get back and see but we thought she would get the mile. Looking at that you would have to think about if she did get that trip. There are still plenty of big days for her.”
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