Chautauqua Jockey Dunn Concerned by Soggy A.J. Moir Track
Group 1 A.J. Moir Stakes favourite Chautauqua might have to deal with a soggy Moonee Valley track Friday night in the upcoming race. Following, he will have to contend with an ambitious schedule over the next year-and-a-half that includes more than a few trips to race in Hong Kong, a venture to Royal Ascot and the attempt to win his third consecutive T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick.
Chautauqua’s jockey Dwayne Dunn spoke recently of the challenge typically encountered by the mighty champion and pointed to the somewhat high fixed odds of $2.25 as indication that some stiff competition is in store, aside from potentially sloppy running.
Dunn thinks that the rail at Moonee Valley will be to him and his horse’s advantage, while at the same time hoping that things do not get so choppy that only a leader can win the race. Chautauqua has placed five times in seven attempts on tracks rated soft or heavy and Dunn’s comments could be interpreted as an attempt to deflect some of the focus away from his ride. After all, regardless of the condition of the track, all the runners will have the same track underneath them.