Trainer Henry Cecil plans to step Chachamaidee (4f Footstepsinthesand-Canterbury Lace, by Danehill) up to G1 company after she became Footstepsinthesand’s second G3 winner in 24 hours on Friday.
Goodwood’s seven-furlong G3 Oak Tree Stakes looked a high-class renewal with 17 runners but there was only going to be one winner, as Chachamaidee cruised to a two and three-quarters length success under Tom Queally.
“She used to be very highly strung and pulled quite a lot,” said Cecil. “But she has settled right down now and ran very well last time at Ascot, when she was second. I think that she is on the upgrade and that she will get a mile now easily. She finished really well today and, the further she went, the better she went. It’s easier to find mile races for fillies rather than seven-furlong ones.
“We are winning the battle with her and she is really coming round into a high-class filly. She could be Group 1 class and I would like to keep her against her own sex if possible. We will have to look through the programme book very carefully.”
Earlier, Footsteps four-year-old Boom And Bust (4g Footstepsinthesand-Forest Call, by Wolfhound) won the feature £125,000 totesport Mile for trainer Marcus Tregoning.
“He’ll have learned from the experience today,” said Tregoning. “I think he’s improving and might improve a bit further.”
The two successes were coming a day after Giant Sandman (4c Footstepsinthesand-Sharamana, by Darshaan) won the G3 Polar Cup in Norway.