Progressive gelding Chautauqua (3g Encosta de Lago x Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) confirmed his potential when scoring a fast finishing win in the Group III Hawkesbury Guineas on Saturday.
An impressive maiden winner at Geelong back in March, the Hawkes Racing trained Chautaqua has since been seasoned with a couple of runs in stakes company before breaking through for his first Black Type win.
Ridden a patient race by James McDonald after missing the start, the gelded son of champion sire Encosta de Lago flew home from last to score a dominant win in the 1400 metre feature.
“He’s a very promising young horse that still does a few things wrong,” Hawkes said.
“When he puts it all together I think he’ll be a lovely horse next season.”
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.
A half-brother to this season’s Group III winning filly 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.
Chautauqua is the 103rd stakes-winner for champion sire Encosta de Lago, who will stand at Coolmore this year at a fee of $38,500.