Racing history is full of stories of what might have been. To the long list, add Kachy – a length runner-up to Quiet Reflection in the Commonwealth Cup despite veering badly right in the final furlong.
Would he have won had he kept straight? Perhaps. Maybe. We will never know.
Kachy had never shown such behaviour in his previous five starts, which included a win in the Molecomb at Glorious Goodwood on his second start as a juvenile.
Fast forward to June 2019 and Kachy has now won nine of his 26 races, and is renowned for the rapid speed he shows from the stalls.
He again displayed that in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, back at Royal Ascot, with only Blue Point and Dream Of Dreams getting past him.
Trainer Tom Dascombe said: “I’m delighted. He’s been a super horse all winter on the all-weather but we were all disappointed with his fifth in the Temple Stakes.
“We couldn’t really pinpoint why, but I think he was probably trying to go too fast over the five furlongs, so this was the plan, although we weren’t really sure how he would run after that.
“He’s run an absolute blinder and he’s a lot happier when he’s just left alone – by Richard [Kingscote], not the other horses. He jumped out two lengths in front like a Wesley Ward horse.
“He’s so fast into his stride and after a furlong he’s four lengths clear. Over six he’s got so much early speed that they almost just let him go, whereas over five they are all with him.”