Track Conditions at Sha Tin Favourable to Chautauqua for Chairman’s Sprint

Rain and cooler temperatures in Hong Kong have prompted the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s track management to move the rail 4.5 metres to the outside in order to eliminate any existing damage ahead of the Chairman’s Sprint on Sunday.

Executive Manager Pako Ip Pak-Chung says that the track will deserve a good rating for the first three races and end up as being softer by the end of the meeting.

A soft track would seem to favour Chautauqua, as evidenced by the similar conditions he encountered in winning the T.J smith Stakes at Randwick on April 2.

Ip examined the track after the last meeting subsequent to a 13-millimetre rainfall, paying special attention to the back and home straight where the turf appeared to have experienced the most wear and tear. He expressed confidence that the track will be acceptable for the $10 million HKD race. He credits the cooler weather and moisture with preserving the winter rye grass as the summer grass began to emerge. He is hoping for some clearer weather and the opportunity to roll the track as part of the preparation.

Chautauqua is currently priced at $2.20 by Sportsbet, followed at some distance by Buffering at $6.50.

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