Kachy team 'blown away' by public response to loss of star sprinter

Seven-year-old could be honoured at beloved Lingfield.

  • Tuesday 18 February
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Kachy’s owner David Lowe is to liaise with Lingfield over a fitting tribute to his star sprinter.

The seven-year-old lined up in a handicap at the Surrey track at the weekend, after his planned appearance in the Listed Cleves Stakes two weeks ago was scuppered by a last-minute setback.

He broke in his usual electric style, but took a false step before the race began in earnest and was swiftly pulled up by Richard Kingscote. Kachy was attended to, but sadly could not be saved and the decision was taken to put him down.

Trained by Tom Dascombe, the son of Kyllachy enjoyed a stellar career.

He took the Group Three Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood as a juvenile and was twice placed in Group One company at Royal Ascot, finishing second in the 2016 Commonwealth Cup and third in last year’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes. He also won three times at Chester.

However, it was at Lingfield where he will be best remembered, thanks to four victories, including last year’s all-weather sprint championship.

Lowe praised the officials and staff at the course for all their efforts.

“They could not have done enough for us on Saturday,” Lowe told Sky Sports Racing.

“They have been part of the journey all along and named a bar after him and they asked me to join them down there.

“George (Hill, clerk of the course) looked after us every time we went down there. No doubt we’ll come up with something between us to honour him.”

Lowe admitted being overwhelmed by the public reaction to Kachy’s death.

“We were obviously devastated, but we can’t believe the public response, it has just blown us away,” he said.

“People latched on to him and were excited by his run style.

“We were travelling home on the minibus from Lingfield on Saturday. We were numb more than devastated, as it hadn’t sunk in.

“All of a sudden I felt I had to tweet something just to say ‘RIP’ and the response was just crazy. You’re reading all the comments and there were floods of tears coming home. It certainly helped us through it and people adored him.

“It was a sad end to a great story.”

Kachy team 'blown away' by public response to loss of star sprinter
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