Champions Series dark horse: Cashla Bay
8 Feb 2017
Could this 1000 Guineas contender actually be better suited to sprinting?
Cashla Bay could give trainer John Gosden a headache. Pic: racingfotos.com
Trainer: John Gosden
The big, scopey Cashla Bay is one to look forward to this year, for all that she might represent something of a trainer’s challenge in terms of her best distance.
A daughter of Fastnet Rock, she made her debut in a 6f maiden at Haydock in mid-October and shaped with bags of promise in finishing three quarters of a length second to Eartha Kitt, the favourite, who had the benefit of a previous run, with Classical Times, who subsequently run well in Listed company, almost two lengths further back in third.
Cashla Bay, who had changed hands for 220,000gns as a yearling, looked in need of that experience and showed the benefit of that outing in a 7f maiden at Newmarket 15 days later – asserting in the closing stages from a dozen rivals.
A couple of bookmakers quote her at 50-1 for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 7 but it would not be a surprise if she drops back in distance and instead makes her mark as a sprinter.
It is asking a lot, but we will know more after she has had another run or two. Stan James make her 40-1 for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on June 23.
Brillant to end the season at newmarket with a winner!! Cashla bay you star 💕🏇#Newmarketraces#johngosden pic.twitter.com/pyKqxTs9z0
— Paige Ranger (@paigeeranger1) October 29, 2016