All Aged Stakes 2015: John Hawkes not rattled by Chautauqua’s inside draw in Group 1 sprint   Leave a comment

All Aged Stakes 2015: John Hawkes not rattled by Chautauqua’s inside draw in Group 1 sprint

Chautauqua will be better suited stepping up to 1400m, says trainer John Hawkes. Picture:

Chautauqua will be better suited stepping up to 1400m, says trainer John Hawkes. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

THERE is a growing body of opinion that emerging sprint superstar Chautauqua is vulnerable from the inside barrier in the Group 1 $400,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal ­Randwick on Saturday.

But Hall of Fame trainer John Hawkes was succinct in is reply when the theory was put to him on Friday: “One barrier is better than 13.’’

Chautauqua, the grey flyer with the most powerful finish in Australian ­racing, is an easing $3 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds for the feature weight-for-age race.

Hawkes is relying on the combination of a wet track, the navigational skills of Tommy Berry and Chautauqua’s acceleration to net another major.

Chautauqua had to demonstrate his championship qualities to overcome “traffic” problems to come from last on the turn for an epic win in the T.J. Smith Stakes on Easter Monday.

“He has come through that race well,’’ Hawkes said. “This is a different race, he is up to 1400m but I feel the distance will actually suit him better.

Chautauqua will be hard to beat in the All Aged Stakes.

Chautauqua will be hard to beat in the All Aged Stakes. Source: Getty Images

“The wet track will mess the race up a little because a few of them won’t handle it, but we know he gets through it and he is a fit horse.’’

Chautauqua is poised to join Shamekha (2005) and Bentley Biscuit (2007) as the only winners of the T.J. Smith Stakes-All Aged Stakes Group 1 double.

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Team Hawkes is also bringing another of the nation’s most exciting sprinters, Our Boy Malachi to Randwick for the Group 3 $150,000 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m).

Our Boy Malachi, the “Rockhampton Rocket”, has won 16 of his 18 starts, including his only three since being transferred to the Hawkes stable.

“He is a nice horse, trialled well, but this is not an easy race,’’ Hawkes said. “It’s his second preparation for us and he has to go to a different league now. He seems to be going a bit better again this time but you never know until you line him up against the better horses.’’

Our Boy Malachi is a firming $2.60 favourite and stablemate Leebaz is also in the betting at $3.20 for the Group 3 $150,000 JRA Plate (2000m).

Our Boy Malachi returns in the Hall Mark Stakes. Picture: Simon Bullard

Our Boy Malachi returns in the Hall Mark Stakes. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: Supplied

Meanwhile, form guru Gary Crispe has declared emerging three-year-old Wandjina ready to upstage Chautauqua.

Crispe said Australian Guineas winner Wandjina had been “trained specifically for this race, is the fresh horse on the scene and with scope for the most improvement.’’

“Wandjina comes into the race with one of the higher last-start Timeform ratings in the field — 119 off his Guineas win — but importantly with the promise to take that figure higher,” he said.

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“With no recognised leader in the race and given Wandjina has drawn barrier 12, race rider Damien Oliver may have little choice but to head towards the front and take it up as he has done in his last two winning performances.

“There is little doubt Chautauqua brings the best recent Group 1 form into the race and ran close to his master Timeform rating of 127 to win the T.J. Smith Stakes.

“If Chautauqua can reproduce a run like that this afternoon, the youngsters in the race will need to perform at their best or above it to hold him off.’’

$400,000 ALL AGED STAKES

Group 1, 1400m, Randwick

Saturday 3.40pm

Track: Soft 5

Weather: Late rain (60 per cent chance). Max 27C.

Rail: Out 8m 1600m to the winning post, 5m for remainder.

THE FIELD

Randwick, Saturday, 3.45pm

1. CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1 59kg

2. DISSIDENT Peter G Moody Jim Cassidy 6 59kg

3. TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Hugh Bowman 2 59kg

4. LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Glen Boss 13 59kg

5. REBEL DANE Gary Portelli Blake Shinn 8 59kg

6. FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Kerrin McEvoy 11 59kg

7. LASER HAWK Joseph Pride Steven Arnold 7 59kg

8. WEARY (FR) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 10 59kg

9. FONTELINA Anthony Cummings Jason Collett 5 59kg

10. GENERALIFE John O’Shea James McDonald 9 59kg

11. SHOOTING TO WIN Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 3 56.5kg

12. WANDJINA Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 12 56.5kg

13. SCISSOR KICK Paul Messara Tye Angland 4 56.5kg

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Chautauqua showcased his blistering turn of foot in the T.J. Smith last start.

Chautauqua showcased his blistering turn of foot in the T.J. Smith last start. Source: Getty Images

THE ANALYSIS

Compiled by MATT STEWART

CHAUTAUQUA

Clearly the best horse. But there are some complications. The speed map has a classy gang of three rolling along upfront and Chautauqua bottled up midfield or worse on the fence. If the track plays fair and the gaps appear he probably should win.

DISSIDENT

Very hard to gauge. Big fresh throw at the stumps before shuffled off to stud off the back of Futurity flop at Caulfield. Will get grouse run on-pace and his best would almost win. But how would you know?

TERRAVISTA

The gloss hasn’t been wiped off, but it’s not gleaming after two OK runs this prep. Firming track might suit, as might the 1400m where he might settle that little bit closer.

LUCKY HUSSLER

A year ago you’d have laughed at this bid, but he did a Trust In A Gust and just kept stepping up. Spectacular swooping win at the Valley off hot speed. Not sure he can give these that sort of a break and win.

REBEL DANE

Lovely little horse but has he become a bit of a non-winner? The plus is he’s coming in on the fresh side and does go well second-up. Probably fringe winning chance if sunny forecast is wrong.

FAMOUS SEAMUS

Had two goes at the trip for two placings. Stats aren’t everything, but …

LASER HAWK

Reads like an ambitious throw at stumps; three trials, good fresh record. But can you really see him winning?

WEARY

A year ago he was flying and would have given this a nudge. Not sure he’s going well enough.

FONTELINA

Anthony Cummings is probably overdue for one of his ridiculous annual big-race upsets and this horse was OK first-up. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

GENERALIFE

Seems a much better horse in Sydney and was pretty good last start. But not sure he’s good enough to give this a nudge.

SHOOTING TO WIN

Top class three-year-old who seems at the perfect point of his campaign to race on-pace and win. Two runs back excellent and recent trial to keep him ticking over. The one to beat.

WANDJINA

Not seen since Australian Guineas when led all the-way (not easy at cambered Headquarters). Note luckless fourth-placed Kermadec won Doncaster. Seems odd he missed The Championships but if he’s 100 per cent must be respected.

SCISSOR KICK

Has similar formlines as Shooting To Win, even down to competing in same trial recently. And he’s double the odds.

SPEED MAP

Looks to be a classy gang of three — Wandjina (who should take it up), Dissident and Shooting To Win — who will set the agenda here. Terravista might be able to sit a little closer up to 1400m; ditto Chautauqua, although he is awkwardly drawn.

MATT STEWART SELECTS

1st SHOOTING TO WIN

2nd Chautauqua

3rd Wandjina

4th Terravista

Originally published as Hawkes not rattled by star’s inside draw

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Posted April 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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