Chautauqua Jumps… Alleluia!

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Six-time Group 1 winner Chautauqua overcame his first hurdle this morning in a bid to come back to racing, with The Everest now on the radar.

Hong Kong based jockey Tommy Berry made a special trip to Flemington to ride Chautauqua in this morning’s jump-out. Chautauqua went into the barrier last and bounded out of the gates like the champion sprinter of old, satisfying connections and racing officials.

Berry has ridden Chautauqua to five Group 1 wins and has an affinity with the horse. Looks like he’s now Berry’d this Chautuaqua hatchet.

The seven-year-old has sometimes shown a tendency to be tardy away and was barred from racing after refusing to jump in trial and jump-outs. Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said the stable plans to take the entire to Sydney for an official barrier trial and provided he jumps again, will lift his ban from racing.

Hawkes did not reveal plans, but provided all goes well in Sydney Chautauqua will almost certainly target The Everest, at Randwick in October, where he finished fourth to Redzel last year.

There’s no denying the excitement. The Grey Flash is back!

 

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