You would have thought with a name like Chachamaidee Sir Henry Cecil’s mare would be quick to step away from the stalls after four seasons in the game, but a disastrous break from the gates under Tom Queally certainly cost the talented performer victory in the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes on the second day of the outstanding Royal Ascot meeting, writes Elliot Slater.
A punters who regularly bet on sports will know, Chachamaidee often comes from some way off the pace – as she did last time out when producing an electrifying burst to score in Group 3 company at Lingfield. However, the six lengths Queally’s mount conceded at the start proved just too much to give away and was the difference between victory and defeat as the five-year-old eventually failed by just a neck to catch the William buck-ridden Joviality in the well contested event on the straight mile.
Queally didn’t panic once the damage had been done leaving the stalls and by the end of the second furlong Chachamaidee was slotted in at the back of the field. As they quickened up two furlongs from home the daughter of Footstepsinthesand began to cut her way through the pack and inside the final furlong she drew alongside Joviality, who had always been perfectly placed under winning trainer John Gosden’s talented young stable jockey.
Cecil’s charge may just have nosed to the front 75 yards out, but the effort of getting there after giving away so much ground took its toll in the last few strides and eventually, for the second year running, Chachamaidee had to settle for the runner’s up berth in the coveted race. The betting line points to the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes as the most suitable next option for the runner-up who deserves to get a big race victory under her belt having last season found only the smart French mare Sahpresa too good for her in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on the Rowley Mile.