George Boughey may only be in his second training season, but he will travel to Royal Ascot next week with an enviable squad.
Boughey has excelled with his juveniles this season and has leading chances in most races for two-year-olds – but he’s far from a one-lap pony.
Oscula, Beautiful Sunshine and Navello will be well-liked for Albany, Queen Mary and Norfolk respectively, but smart stayer Lostwithiel and recent Doncaster winner Air To Air will keep him interested in handicaps.
It’s the Albany, more than six stadiums for fillies, in which he holds his strongest hand, however, with five-and-a-half-year-old Newmarket winner Cachet likely to join recent Epsom winner Oscula.
“Cachet will be traveling to Albany. Her job was very good before her debut so her victory was not a huge surprise. I think I would have lied if we thought she would win the way she did, however! ”said Boughey.
“She looks like a miler and I think that will probably be where her future is, at least in her three-year career.
“Nicola Currie will keep the focus on her. Nicola has worked with her a lot and is an increasingly important member of the team.
“Oscula won the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom last Friday. She will probably head to Albany as well. She has been a very easy filly to train. She is by Galileo Gold who made a great start as a stallion.
“I’ve never worked on her with Cachet, but they’re pretty similar fillies.”
Boughey also has two live chances in the Queen Mary with the undefeated Thunder Love as well as Beautiful Sunshine, but as both race under the Amo Racing banner, only one is likely to give it a shot.
“Thunder Love has been impressive in her two starts at Kempton. We had planned to have her run in Marygate, but the ground went against her,” said Boughey.
Rossa (Ryan) thinks she’ll be the best on a fast surface and that the Queen Mary is a possibility, but we’ll probably be leading Beautiful Sunshine there. They are both Amo Racing so we probably won’t run. one.
“Beautiful Sunshine was very impressive in Sandown under penalty and they are two very exciting fillies.”
Navello’s winning run ended in the National Stakes at Sandown, but Boughey is inclined to blame the slow pace of his loss there.
He said: “The plan before the National Stakes in Sandown was the Norfolk Stakes and we haven’t changed our mind since his third there.
“He barely lifts his feet off the ground suggesting quick action on the ground. I think we might see a different horse in Norfolk than the one we saw in Sandown.”
Lostwithiel is one of the favorites for the Northumberland Plate, but has a few options first next week.
“Lostwithiel received two entries on Tuesday. The Ascot Stakes and the Copper Horse are options for him,” said Boughey.
“He’s ranked 96 so would be near the top of the Ascot Stakes weight.
“Hollie Doyle has worked with him a lot at home and she will do the trick. He’s a lovable horse with a great future. At this point I would probably go for the Ascot Stakes.”