Chautauqua Tops 2017 Darley Classic Nominations

Hawkes Racing’s super sprinter Chautauqua is one of the headline Darley Classic 2017 nominations taken by Racing Victoria for the Melbourne Cup Carnival feature this week.


The ‘Grey Flash’ Chautauqua is a key 2017 Darley Classic nomination for the Melbourne Cup Carnival sprint. Photo: Steve Hart.

Nominations and the latest round of acceptances for a number of key upcoming Group 1 spring races all closed on Tuesday including those for the Group 1 $1 million Darley Classic (1200m) run down the Flemington straight on November 11 as part of Emirates Stakes Day.

The Darley Classic nominations drew 62 short distance specialists including seven-year-old Chautauqua who could be south bound after contesting the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14.

The Darley Classic has been a bit of a hoodoo race for Chautauqua who has been beaten home by one in two of the past three editions of the race.

Chautauqua was runner-up to Terravista in 2014 and finished second again in the quinella behind Delectation in 2015 as the beaten odds-on favourite before skipping the race last year.

An international Group 1 winner and triple champion of Sydney’s TJ Smith Stakes, the veteran was a fast-finishing seventh first-up to Redzel in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) and races again this weekend in Randwick’s Group 2 $500,000 Premiere Stakes (1200m).

Redzel is one of just two Darley Classic nominees for Peter & Paul Snowden along with four-year-old Russian Revolution.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden prepared the 2012 winner Mental and has two livewire hopes in the flying Redzel who has won his past four starts on the trot and Snitzel entire Russian Revolution last seen winning the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

Reigning Darley Classic winner Malaguerra has also been nominated for the million dollar race this season looking to go back-to-back for the first time since super mare Black Caviar (2010-11).

The Peter Gelagotis-trained Magnus gelding hasn’t raced since a failed 16th to Vega Magic in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide on May 20 but is down to make his six-year-old debut on Friday night at Moonee Valley in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m).

Another possible Darley Classic-bound galloper being kept safe in futures betting at bookmakers around the country is the Bryce Heys-trained Spieth.

The Thorn Park stallion has been luckless in Group 1 sprints when nosed out of the Darley Classic win last year before a first-up second to Terravista, who also features in this season’s Darley Classic noms, at the same track and distance in February’s Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m).

His latest run was a first-up second behind aforementioned The Everest-bound Redzel in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) on September 2 and he looks in good form again this spring.

No three-year-old has won the Darley Classic since the filly Pharein back in 1999 but this year there are seven youngsters in the nominations.

The standout three-year-old that could take on the older horses in the event is Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign who is also engaged for a run in The Everest this spring.

The Darley Classic first acceptances close on October 24 followed by the final field announcement on November 8.

Check out the full 2017 Darley Classic nominations below with futures odds on the sprint to open shortly at

2017 Darley Classic Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 11/11/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 4136x1111x ABILITY G 5 Robert Smerdon
2 65x63394x2 BALL OF MUSCLE G 7 Joseph Pride
3 242x11160x BASSETT (NZ) G 5 Mick Price
4 157×321111 BONS AWAY G 4 Ciaron Maher
5 80x344x212 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 5 Darren Weir
6 151611125x CANNYESCENT G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
7 x47x3231x7 CHAUTAUQUA G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
8 x640x9113x CLEARLY INNOCENT G 6 Kris Lees
9 4735070×74 DANISH TWIST M 6 Kris Lees
10 17x121x DEBONAIRLY F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
11 111x21411x DEPLOY G 5 Gerald Ryan
12 x43181368x DERRYN H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
13 1113x410x9 ECKSTEIN M 4 Kurt Goldman
14 7x2504x527 EL DIVINO H 4 Darren Weir
15 70x17266x4 ENGLISH M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
16 25x720040x FAATINAH G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
17 323x6639x6 FELL SWOOP G 6 Matthew Dale
18 0743x1024x FIRST AMONG EQUALS G 6 Darren Weir
19 4x24141x23 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller
20 731x GO DADDY GO C 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings
21 121175x31x GRANDE ROSSO G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
22 3x34423x6x HELLBENT H 5 Darren Weir
23 x31196x140 HEY DOC G 4 Tony McEvoy
24 6x112653x4 I THOUGHT SO G 4 David Pfieffer
25 212x50020x ILLUSTRIOUS LAD G 6 Peter Gelagotis
26 14x643341x IMPENDING H 4 James Cummings
27 11115x523x IN HER TIME M 5 Benjamin Smith
28 1x6x INVINCIBLE STAR F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
29 9x650980x7 JAPONISME G 5 Chris Waller
30 11478×0455 KEEN ARRAY G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
31 21x4x KEMENTARI C 3 James Cummings
32 29x3380x53 LAND OF PLENTY H 4 Grahame Begg
33 9x3x34x20x LANKAN RUPEE G 8 Mick Price
34 x11202x250 LE ROMAIN G 5 Kris Lees
35 48x052820x LORD VON COSTA G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
36 254869x07x MAGICUS G 6 Tony Romeo
37 x215x1670x MALAGUERRA G 6 Peter Gelagotis
38 10x2125x64 MALIBU STYLE G 6 Neville Parnham
39 123x115x MAN FROM UNCLE G 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings
40 430x10210x MISS GUNPOWDER M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
41 x19242x144 MISSROCK M 4 Robbie Laing
42 1140x8180x OCEAN EMBERS M 5 Shea Eden
43 5x21x105x1 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
44 81x2211x11 REDZEL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
45 8116x1611x RELIGIFY G 7 Chris Waller
46 1123x4011x ROCK MAGIC G 8 Chris Gangemi
47 114x164x1x RUSSIAN REVOLUTION H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
48 11x121x SHE WILL REIGN F 3 Gary Portelli
49 52x1460x4x SHEIDEL M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
50 024x94010x SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller
51 231x21214x SILENT SEDITION M 5 Andrew Noblet
52 223100×2 SINGLE BULLET C 3 Gary Portelli
53 x12x290x2x SPIETH (NZ) H 5 Bryce Heys
54 6x143x180x SUPER CASH M 5 Andrew Noblet
55 13x930x15x SUPIDO H 6 Michael Kent
56 1310x4810x SWEET SHERRY M 4 Brent Stanley
57 2516x847x5 TAKEDOWN G 5 Gary Moore
58 96x20x100x TERRAVISTA G 8 Joseph Pride
59 39x146x00x THE QUARTERBACK G 7 Robbie Griffiths
60 9171x1x11x VEGA MAGIC G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
61 11×1 VIRIDINE C 3 James Cummings
62 210x257x14 VOODOO LAD G 6 Darren Weir

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