19 April 2019
It was a case of Kachy if you can in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Sprint as Tom Dascombe's charge produced a blitzkrieg to capture the six-furlong event.
Having to break from stall eight under Richard Kingscote, the six-year-old Kyllachy entire showed electric pace and bagged the inside rail within a matter of strides.
From there, the result was never in doubt as the well-supported 4/9 favourite ran on strongly, extending his lead turning in to score by three and a quarter-lengths from Richard Fahey's George Bowen (10/1) in second.
Kachy was second in this contest last year, but broke the track record at Lingfield Park in February, having also scored on his only other start this term at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day, also breaking the track record at Dunstall Park. This was his fourth victory from five starts at the Surrey venue.
Dascombe said: "Kachy has always been a horse that has a very fast reaction, he is very quick into his stride and that is why we let him make the running as that is his strength.
"Kachy was three lengths clear after 100 yards. Richard is just brilliant on him and gets him out of the stalls really well. The horse is half asleep most of the time, but as soon as the stalls opened he is just gone.
"He had won the race after 100 yards and he never saw another horse - it was comfortable.
"Kachy has to be a better horse this year. He ran today off his highest ever rating of 112 and broke track record here last time - just everything about you makes you think he is a better horse.
"It doesn't really make up for last year as I would rather have won both. It is just great that we have won. It's great for the owner [Dave Lowe] and the yard.
"The Temple Stakes at Haydock [May 25] is the obvious target next."
Winning owner Dave Lowe remarked: "That is mission accomplished. Today has been our goal since Kachy was second in this race last year.
"Well done to Tom and Richard - today is a brilliant day. It is a dream come true to own a horse like him - it is just amazing.
"Kachy has broke very well in all three of his starts this year since he had a wind op and I think he is just more comfortable that he can breathe.
"He is very calm this year and it's brilliant to win."
Kachy goes one better than in 2018 with easy all-the-way win
Richard Kingscote was full of praise for his great pal Kachy (4/9) after the six-year-old had stepped up considerably on last year's second place in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championship for a three-and-a-quarter length defeat of George Bowen (10/1) that was never in doubt from the moment he broke fast and grabbed the lead.
Irish St Leger winner Brown Panther might always hold pride of place in Kingscote's affections, but Kachy, on whom he has now won nine times, is closing in second.
Kingscote, who recently recorded his 1,000th UK win at Lingfield, said: "Kingscote: "Firstly, I would just like to say thank you to Tom and Alyson (Deniel). They have Kachy teed up perfectly every time. Alyson rides him every day and loves him as much as I do.
"Kachy has a lot of natural boot so if you are able to let him use it, it puts the others under the cosh early. Today, he hit the lids just right and we came out just as they were opening. When you are 4lb better than the next best one and you get two lengths on them at the start, they don't have much chance, do they?
"Kachy's owner loves coming here and the horse has been very consistent on the All-Weather.
"Brown Panther was my first really good horse and I owe a lot to him. He'll be hard to replace, but I really do love this horse and he's doing everything right now.
"I'm the only jockey who has ever ridden Kachy in a race, and he's a nice horse and races for nice people. Dave (Lowe) is a great enthusiast and a big supporter. He always tries to get to the track to see his horses run, and his business, Galloways, are my sponsors."
He added: "Kachy is a class act around here and that was nice and smooth. He's always been very good and very fast, but there was a patch in the middle of his career when things weren't easy for him and now he's come through the other side.
"He's a very mature horse now and he's nice to ride and nice to deal with, so it makes our life easy. The wind op has helped his confidence and he's not for catching. The start is obviously important as he likes to do it himself up front, and today he got an absolute flyer and it was perfect. He saved the best for the right day and it was lovely, as other horses struggle to lay up with him when he gets into rhythm at his natural pace.
"He really enjoys the turns, but he had some pretty good form on turf last year and put it up to them at Haydock. He's got a nice one in him."
BOWEN AND MERHOOB FOLLOW KACHY
George Bowen (10/1), came out of the pack to chase home three and a quarter-length decisive winner, 4/9 favourite Kachy, in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championship.
The second was ridden by David Nolan for Malton trainer Richard Fahey, and Nolan said after the race: "He ran a great a great race and was a comfortable second, he just ran into a good one. Not just a good one, but a very very good All-Weather horse."
James Doyle, partner of the third home, 20/1 chance Merhoob, commented: "He has outrun his odds. All went to plan really.
"He has an excellent record here and obviously has a liking for Lingfield. I just couldn't catch Katchy, who strung us all out!"