Slumping Chautauqua Aimed at Randwick if Conditions Suit Hawkes

The world’s highest rated sprinter, Chautauqua, might be on the turf at Royal Randwick on Saturday as a runner in the Group 1 1300 m Canterbury Stakes.

The field for the race does not lack for quality. Eleven entries have been attracted, with six of those having won Group 1 races in the past.

Chautauqua has been absent from Sydney racing since he won the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes last year. At the moment, he is still in his stable at Flemington, but Michael Hawkes has reported that they will decide later in the week whether Chautauqua is to be shipped to Sydney or not.

Hawkes is keeping an eye on the weather and the Randwick course conditions.

Chautauqua has not fared so well of late, beaten in his last three starts, which makes one wonder how it is that he is rated the best sprinter in the world, but those decisions are best left to those more qualified.

If he runs in the Canterbury, he will be up against Epson Handicap winner Hauraki, two-time Group 1 champ Le Romain and several others with strong credentials, including Music Magnate, Japonisme, Ugo Foscolo and Impending.

The Hawkes operation is busy that same day as the Canterbury with entries in the Group 1 1600 m Royal Randwick Guineas and the Group 1 1600 m Australian Guineas at Flemington.

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