Both Chautauqua and Brazen Beau enjoyed jumpout success at Flemington this morning (Friday) in preparation for the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) next Saturday.
Chautauqua is the $3.20 favourite in the Newmarket Handicap futures betting at Ladbrokes.com.au while Brazen Beau is on the third line of betting with odds of $5.50.
The Team Hawkes-trained Chautauqua won two of his three starts in the spring, including an impressive four length victory in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) on October 4, before finishing a close second to Terravista in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on November 8.
Following a three month spell, the four-year-old gelding resumed in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) on February 14. Chautuaqua was ridden quietly as usual but found himself held up in eighth place between runners. He was eased across heels at the 300m mark before running on strongly. After hitting the lead with 50m to go, the gelding went on for a narrow but impressive first-up win.
He took part in an 800-metre jumpout session this morning, which was his most serious piece of work since winning the Rubiton Stakes three weeks ago. He managed to lead for the majority of the trip despite not being pushed out by jockey Dwayne Dunn, which pleased his trainers.
“It was just a bit of trackwork, that’s what it was,” co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told Racing Victoria.
“We didn’t have to gallop him, just (give him) a jumpout.”
“He’s a bit fresh, but everything’s pretty good with him. We’ve got no complaints, he’s a pretty cruisy horse.”
The Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau also delivered a pleasing win in his 800-metre jumpout on the course proper at Flemington. Working with stablemate Delectation, Brazen Beau was ridden by Craig Williams.
The hoop rode the three-year-old colt in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) on February 21, in which the pair finished nearly three lengths off Lankan Rupee in second place, but international superstar jockey Joao Moreira will take over the reins for the 2015 Newmarket Handicap.
Moreira rode Brazen Beau to victory in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) back in November.
“That worked well for us before the Coolmore and then again before the Lightning we did the same thing, so Chris thought he’d just follow that path again,” Waller’s Melbourne foreperson Justine Hales said.
“It seems to bring the horse on well.
“Craig was absolutely rapt with how he went. He said he was a little bit lost early because he had to lead and there was only two of them in it, but he said coming to the line he got stronger and stronger every time he asked him to do something and that’s what we wanted out of today.”
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