Michael Hawkes Warns Chautauqua Rival Ahead of Moir
In a few hours’ time, the prediction of Chautauqua trainer Michael Hawkes will be proved true or false, depending on the outcome of the 1000 m Group 1 A.J. Moore Stakes at Moonee Valley.
According to Hawkes, Chautauqua, generally acknowledged as not only the best sprinter in Australia, but also the best sprinter in the world, is even stronger than he has been in the past.
The Moir is Chautauqua’s spring kick off race and will be following two good jump outs combined with a higher level of maturity and strength.
He is listed with the TAB at $2.30, which seems like an opportunity to steal bookmaker money. Online bookmaker Sportsbet has him at $2.25 coming out of barrier five. Of the other eight horses in the field, Extreme Choice out of barrier nine at $4.80, Buffering at $6.50 out of barrier six and Lucky Hussler at $7.00 out of barrier two are the only others with single digit odds.