Barrier Shy Chautauqua Getting One Last Chance

“That dog won’t hunt,” is an expression sometimes used in some parts of the world to imply more than a judgement about the merits of a canine as those merits apply to a dog’s ability to locate targets for its master.

It is often used in a metaphorical sense to imply that a person or an idea lacks any hope of success, probably far more often than it is in describing actual dogs.

We could modify it to say, “That horse won’t race,” if we were to be in a pejorative mood when the discussion turned to the shyness that has kept Chautauqua from leaving the barrier of late, but the Grey Flash is one of our favourites and his mental issues are more deserving of sympathy than derision.

We often said that Chautauqua was showing good “horse sense,” by staying in the gate, rather than risk an injury, as his horse intuition may have been telling him.

It was with mixed emotions, therefore, that we learned of the Hawkes’ operation trying to get Chautauqua back in the race. On the one hand, we would like to see him race again. On the other, we do not wish to see him put down.

Were we of a suspicious or cynical nature, we would suspect that the three Hawkes are simply trying to get something out of the horse, as he has no value standing stud.

Our rosy natures, however, choose to take the rosy view that Chautauqua’s trainers are acting in his best interests.

Wayne Hawkes, speaking to reporters in remarks picked up by the AAP, said, “He has been on the water walker for a couple of weeks and we’ll just poke around with him as per normal. We’ll give him a normal preparation and he’s either going to come up and jump out or he’s not. There’s no grey area with him, it’s black and white.”

Nice turn of phrase, Mr. Hawkes. Thanks for not hitching him to a plough.

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