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Chautauqua’s career is in the balance

Jackson Oldham in Latest News 10 Jul 2018
  • Chautauqua is set for a Jumpout at Flemington on Friday morning 
  • Will the Grey flash leave the barriers? 
  • Tommy Berry has been booked to ride
Chautauqua refuses to leave the barriers in a Cranbourne trial.

It is D-Day for champion sprinter Chautauqua, as the six-time Group One winner will be given, what is likely to be his last chance to jump from the barriers in a jumpout at Flemington on Friday morning. 

Chautauqua made headlines in the Autumn after he failed to leave the barriers on four separate occasions, three times in Sydney and once at the official Cranbourne trials.  



Chautauqua currently has an embargo and is unable to race. Despite this, co-trainer Wayne Hawkes is still confident that his stable star is happy within himself and will get back to the races sooner rather than later. 

Hawkes even spoke of a possible Everest tilt on Racing.com’s After The Last program, however, he knows there is plenty of water to go under the bridge first. 

In an effort to get Chautauqua back performing at his brilliant best, Jockey Tommy Berry will reunite with the grey flash in Friday’s jumpout. Berry hasn’t ridden Chautauqua since his unbelievable victory in the 2017 T.J. Smith. 

“Tommy Berry’s going to come back from Hong Kong and ride him in the jumpout on Friday.” Wayne Hawkes told Racing.com.   
“We spoke about it and thought, ‘you know what, it’s our last-ditch effort, let’s leave no stone unturned’. Tommy’s won five Group 1s on him and if he rides him and it doesn’t happen, we’ve done everything we possibly can, haven’t we?”

It is against the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s protocol to allow jockeys to travel overseas for rides that aren’t on a Group 1 raceday, however noting the special circumstances, the HKJC have allowed Tommy Berry to fly back to Australia to ride Chautauqua on Friday morning. 

Chautauqua’s 2017 T.J. Smith Replay 





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Chautauqua’s career is in the balance

It is D-Day for champion sprinter Chautauqua, as the six-time Group One winner will be given, what is likely to be his last chance to jump from the barriers in a jumpout at Flemington on Friday morning.

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