Chautauqua set for Sydney trial
Champion sprinter Chautauqua will head back to Sydney for another trial after coming through his jump-out at Flemington in good order, connections have confirmed.
Chautauqua needs to trial twice to the satisfaction of stewards after failing to leave the gates four times in barrier trials earlier this year, and much to the relief of everyone, has got the first one out of the way.
He's going on Tuesday night, he'll trial on Monday week at Rosehill. He looks perfect.Wayne Hawkes
Chautauqua successfully left the gates with the field in Friday's jump-out at Flemington and has also come through the run in good order.
"He's pulled up exceptionally well," co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said.
The multiple Group I winner is now scheduled to travel back to Hawkes Racing's Sydney base from its Melbourne stable this week to continue preparations towards an official barrier trial the following week.
The Missile Stakes on 4th August has been pencilled in for his return with a view to heading to The Everest in October, should all go well with the next trial and he be reinstated to racing.
"He's going on Tuesday night," Hawkes said. "He'll trial on Monday week at Rosehill. He looks perfect."
Chautauqua is 1000.00 on a win and each way bet to win The Everest in October with Trapeze Artist 10.00 and Kementari 1000.00.
One of Chautauqua's part-owners, Greg Ingham's G P I Racing, has an Everest slot which the sprinter will take up if things to go to plan.
"We've got a slot," Chautauqua's co-owner Rupert Legh said. "We've got to get over that trial at Rosehill on the 23rd and then after that the Missile Stakes and then one more run and then into The Everest."
Kementari is priced at 7.00 to win the Winx Stakes next month.
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