Up and coming sprint star Chautauqua (4g Encosta de Lago x Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) made it look all too easy at Flemington on Saturday.
Prepared by Team Hawkes, Chautauqua dazzled at his first run up the Flemington straight last start when winning the Group III VRC Bobbie Lewis Quality and was even more impressive in taking the Group II VRC Gilgai Stakes.
Ridden quietly back in the field by Dwayne Dunn, Chautauqua showed an explosive turn of foot over the final furlong to dash right away from Kiwi Group I winner Bounding to win by four lengths.
“His win today was a lot better than the other day. He just ambled up to them before the clock tower,” said Dunn.
“A lot of those horses were under pressure and I had not released him.”
Bred by the Throsby family, who raced his dam Lovely Jubly, Chautauqua was consigned to the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale where he passed in shy of his $400,000 reserve and now runs for a group of Hawkes stable clients including his breeders.
With four wins and three seconds from nine starts and $386,500 in prizemoney, it seems as though the best is still to come for Chautauqua, who may take on the big guns in the Group I Darley Classic at Flemington next month.
A half-brother to stakes-winner London Lolly, he is one of six winners from seven to race for Lovely Jubly, who won over $1.4 million in prizemoney highlighted by Group I wins in the QTC TJ Smith Stakes and Sires Produce Stakes as well as the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.