The Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m), running at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday, will see the return of high-class sprinting sensation Chautauqua.
The four-year-old gelding dominated the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne, winning the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) first-up before a dominate four length victory in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m).
His superb sprint performances then earned him a place in the field for Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) among the likes of Terravista, Lankan Rupee, and Buffering. Chautauqua kept coming on the line but just missed the win by a head.
The gelding gave punters and racing fans alike a tantalising taste of his upcoming autumn form in a successful jumpout at Flemington on February 6 and will make his official return in the 2015 Rubiton Stakes.
Dwayne Dunn rode Chautauqua in all three of his spring starts and can’t wait to return to the saddle on Saturday.
“He looks great in his coat, he’s spelled well and he’s had no setbacks so I’m looking forward to a great autumn with him,” Dunn told Racing Victoria.
“It’s hard to say that he could go any faster, those times he was running were sensational. If he could go a fraction quicker I’d love it and hopefully he can be dominant.”
Chautauqua is the $1.65 odds-on favourite in the Rubiton Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au but some punters query whether he’ll be as effective around the Caulfield corner track as down the Flemington straight.
Dunn believes the gelding will be successful since he possesses the rare ability to accelerate so quickly out the gates while others take a while to wind into their sprints.
“He’s been stepping (out of the barriers) well in his jumpouts and I’d expect him to race a bit closer than what he has been down the straight,” he said.
“There’s no reason why he can’t be as dominant around a corner if he can produce that same turn of foot we see down the straight.
“I think he’s really matured physically and mentally and hopefully he can put himself in a good spot in the run and not have to make up too much ground.”
Chautauqua will enjoy a good jump from barrier three in the Rubiton Stakes but does face some tough competition from the likes of Flamberge, Richie’s Vibe, and Eloping.
Following the 2015 Rubiton Stakes, Chautauqua will be aimed at races including the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 28 and the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 14.
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