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Newmarket trainer George Boughey hoping Believing can help to create history in the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize at Sha Tin

George Boughey has established himself as one of the most ambitious trainers on the global stage and the Newmarket handler will bid for his own slice of history when saddling Believing for the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize at Sha Tin.

Saffron House Stables-based Boughey, who is in his sixth domestic season, has already speared a British Classic courtesy of Cachet’s QIPCO1,000 Guineas triumph in 2022 and he is also an established name in Europe and the Middle East.

And he will now go in search of a ground-breaking first victory in Hong Kong on April 28, when he hopes to become the feature sprint’s first international winner.

George Boughey is looking to break new ground in Hong Kong later this month Picture: Mark Westley
George Boughey is looking to break new ground in Hong Kong later this month Picture: Mark Westley

“It has never been done and it might never be done, but I’m really interested to give it a go,” said the 32-year-old. “I’m not underestimating the task we’re setting ourselves but I’m looking forward to it. It’s the most prize money I think we’ve run for and that’s key.

“I think it’s almost the pinnacle of racing to travel horses. It’s something I’ve set out to do and the racing is almost perfect in Hong Kong. It’s always fascinated me.

“They’ve been fantastic in inviting us and we’re looking forward to it.”

Believing only turned four at the start of 2024, yet Boughey is confident that she has more to offer at the elite level this campaign.

He has his sights on trips to Royal Ascot and the Breeders’ Cup now she’s at her physical and mental peak – and he also sees similarities to Classic winner Cachet.

Boughey added: “She had her quirks earlier in her career. She used to kick the horsebox the whole way to the races and now she stands as quiet as a lamb.

“She’s maturing and she’s much better in the gates than she used to be. All the signs are right that she should be able to handle the journey and the event. This year she looks like a different filly, she’s got a full summer coat and she’s glowing.

“She lives in Cachet’s box and she has a very similar attitude. She’s got a low head carriage, wants fast ground and is fast. They were both bought from the same sale and run for Highclere. She’s got to go and do it but all the suggestions are that she may well have improved again.”