Chautauqua One Step Closer To Return

By Daithi Harvey

The dashing grey Chautauqua (Aus) (Encosta De Lago {Aus}) took a further step towards a return to competitive action when taking part in a barrier trial at Rosehill on Monday. Partered by Brenton Avdulla the 7-year-old took a keen hold towards the rear of the 1020m contest and swinging wide into the straight Avdulla never really asked his mount a question as Chautauqua ambled home fifth of the seven starters, three lengths behind the Group 3 winner Trapeze Artist (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}). A rerun of the trial can be seen here and Chautauqua is expected to make his next racecourse start in The Shorts over 1100m at Randwick Sept. 16.

In other news, last year’s G1 Blue Diamond S. winner Catchy (Aus) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) is to take on the males on her next start in the G2 Danehill S. at Flemington also on Sept. 16. The Hayes/Dabernig trained filly made a perfectly satisfactory start to the season when second to Crown Witness (Aus) (Star Witness {Aus}) in the G3 Quezette S. at Caulfield Aug. 19 and her trainer is waiting to see how she gets on against the opposite sex on her next start before deciding whether to aim at the G1 Caulfield Guineas or the G1 Thousand Guineas which take place the same day next month. There is A$1.5m prize-money difference between the two contests with the colts race the more valuable and David Hayes commented, “She’s going to have her next start in the Danehill on the 16th. She’ll be really hard to beat and if she beats them, I’d say we’ll go for the boys [race]. And if she doesn’t we’ll go conservative and go against the girls.”


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