As a daughter of Nijinsky, Terpsichorist was a sister to Glad Rags' most famous foal Gorytus
, the impressive winner of the Acomb and Champagne Stakes in 1982 who was overturned in one of the shock results of the decade when virtually pulled up behind Diesis in the Dewhurst Stakes.
The same rumours swirled around Gorytus
, who was a top juvenile who promised so much in 1982 until he was mysteriously beaten at 1-2 in the Dewhurst.
Castle says: "We thought we would dabble in breeding, starting with a Gorytus
mare of Charlie Booth's, who was sent to a cheap stallion."
HERN turns the tables on the HQ team when his Gorytus
(W Carson) strolls to victory from the odds-on Salieri (L Piggott) in York's Acomb Stakes.
However, in one of the most sensational racing turn-ups of the 1980s the wheels fell off, with Gorytus
virtually pulled up under Willie Carson as Diesis crossed the line.
She seemed to click best with Nijinsky and matings between the pair produced Champagne Stakes winner Gorytus
and Grade 2 scorer Terpsichorist.
Few of the previous season's top two-year-olds had promised to stay middle distances and of those who had allowed that hope Danzatore and Dunbeath were now in disgrace, Gorytus
was ruled out by the prevailing soft ground and Caerleon was being reserved for the Prix du Jockey-Club.
But at the time Sadler's Wells retired, Coolmore had a roster of 12 other sires that were steady but far from stellar: Be My Guest, Caerleon, Dalsaan, Glenstal, Gorytus
, Hello Gorgeous, Kings Lake, Lomond, Pas De Seul, Salmon Leap, Thatching and Try My Best.
The last occasion that Group 1 produced the winner of this was when Diesis upset the 1-2 favourite Gorytus
DIESIS - 1982 HENRY CECIL and a never satisfactorily explained mystery burst the bubble of another outstanding two-year-old prospect apparently destined for greatness 28 years ago when Gorytus
put his unbeaten record on the line in the Dewhurst Stakes.
Frankel v Dream Ahead v Saamidd is simply the most eagerly-anticipated juvenile race since Gorytus
flopped behind Diesis in the 1982 Dewhurst, an outcome that was deemed worthy of showing on that evening's BBC news, I recall.
Perhaps not since 1982, when Gorytus
was odds-on after Frankelesque performances in the build-up to his clash with Diesis, has the Dewhurst promised so much - though that renewal famously ended in anti-climax with Gorytus
trailing in 37 lengths behind Diesis, connections believing he was doped.