21 December 2018
Top sprinter Kachy kicks off his All-Weather Championships campaign in the six-furlong £20,000 Betway Conditions Race (3.55pm) on Tapeta at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day, Wednesday, December 26.
The Tom Dascombe-trained five-year-old, who is rated 110, gained two victories over six furlongs at Lingfield Park last season, following up success off top-weight in a handicap in January with a short-head verdict in the Listed Betway Cleves Stakes the following month.
His only defeat of the 2017/2018 Championships came in the six-furlong £150,000 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships on Good Friday in March, when he finished runner-up to French raider and subsequent G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up City Light.
Kachy has himself came second in one of Royal Ascot's premier sprints, going down by a length to Quiet Reflection in the 2016 G1 Commonwealth Cup, and the Kyllachy entire once again showed a very high level of form over five furlongs during the 2018 turf season.
After scoring by nine lengths at Chester, Kachy lost out in a photo-finish when coming home a close third to Battaash in the G2 Temple Stakes at Haydock Park before a rare below par effort in the G1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, in which he was ninth.
He is set to make his first appearance since finishing fifth, again behind Battaash, in the G2 King George Qatar Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in August.
His owner David Lowe reported: "Kachy is in good order and ready to go - he is at his ideal racing weight and everything looks good for Wolverhampton on Boxing Day.
"He always goes well first time and we gave him a break after his run at Goodwood with the aim of keeping him for the All-Weather Championships.
"We thought that we might get placed at Goodwood, but we came up against Battaash, who was probably in the best form of his life at the time.
"There were a few offers from studs during the summer, but I always wanted to get one more season out of him, especially having gone so close on Good Friday last year, and I might even stand him myself in the future.
"The plan is to run on Boxing Day and then head back to Lingfield Park for the Cleves Stakes, which he won last year.
"He has never raced at Wolverhampton, but I'm pretty sure that he had a pre-race gallop around there as a two-year-old. Tom's gallops are very similar to Wolverhampton, so we don't expect any problems with the course.
"If he wins that, then we might go straight to Finals Day, or, if he doesn't, then we might go for the Hever Sprint on February 23. Easter is a bit later this year, so we have got a bit more time and that is one of the reasons why he hasn't run yet as we don't want to peak too soon.
"It was unfortunate on Finals Day last year in that we left it until that day to have the worst possible break from the stalls that we have probably ever had. He was always up against it and used up a lot of energy coming round the home straight.
"City Light is still a very good horse though, and you can't argue with the strength of the form."
The 11 entries for the Betway Conditions Race on Boxing Day also feature the David O'Meara-trained pair of Listed Betway Golden Rose second Intisaab and Gulliver, plus Island Of Life (William Haggas), who is seeking a hat-trick of All-Weather victories.
The first of the seven races at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day is due off at 1.40pm, with the last scheduled for 4.55pm.