Cachet's Guineas Win The Ultimate Thrill For Syndicate

Features | 6th May 2022

The 20 owners of Highclere Racing’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas heroine Cachet are still re-living “the ultimate thrill” of owning a Classic winner.

The daughter of Aclaim gave Highclere their second Classic success and her young trainer George Boughey his first when repelling every rival under an inspired front-running ride by James Doyle, himself completing a famous Guineas double after winning the colts’ version 24 hours earlier.

Now Cachet’s proud owners are relishing the prospect of a trip to Paris for the French Guineas or a day out at Royal Ascot next month to see their star filly re-appear in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes.

Director Alex Smith told In The Paddock, “Our shareholders in the Wild Flower Syndicate, who come from a variety of backgrounds including several who are retired, dared to dream and their dream came true. It was the most amazing day.

“Sixteen of them were at Newmarket to shout her home, including Jo Black, who came all the way from Texas. They watched the race from the parade ring and the noise was deafening as they cheered her home.

“It was a very long last furlong for all of us as she was stepping into unknown territory but saw out the mile really well. The scenes were rapturous. It was the ultimate thrill.”

Cachet, a relatively cheap purchase at last year’s Newmarket breeze up sale at 60,000gns, had already taken her owners on an unforgettable adventure before upsetting the odds in the Guineas.

The tough filly ran eight times as a two-year-old for Newmarket based Boughey, reaching the frame in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes and the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile before taking her owners to the Breeders Cup at Del Mar, where she finished fourth in the Grade 1 Juvenile Fillies’ Turf.

Then last month Cachet re-appeared to win the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket before taking her form to the highest level in the Guineas – her third win at her home track.

“She takes her racing very well and seems to love Newmarket,” adds Alex. “We’re excited about what she may achieve next.

“She’s a credit to George and his team. Apart from being a very talented young trainer he is a fantastic host and a great communicator who always makes our owners welcome.

“This victory is right up there with Highclere’s greatest successes of the past, including our first classic victory when Petrushka won the Irish Oaks in 2000 and once again demonstrates that syndicates can compete with the very best in racing.”


Highclere Thoroughbred Racing specialises in putting together small groups of people to share in a number of top quality racehorses.

This enables people to own a share in a racehorse and to enjoy racing at the highest level without the very high costs normally associated with owning racehorses.

Since its creation in 1992, twenty seven per cent of Highclere’s syndicates have produced Black Type performers (Group 1, 2, 3 and Listed races), making Highclere the most successful multiple ownership company in Europe.