Star sprinter Chautauqua cemented his place in history with a phenomenal victory in the $1 million Group 1 MVRC Manikato Stakes (1200m) on Friday night.
Chautauqua (5g Encosta de Lago – Lovely Jubly by Lion Hunter) was last at the half-way mark and still had ground to make up when Buffering went for home at the top of the straight. Stand-in jockey Tommy Berry didn’t panic and guided the grey around the field before letting down to win going away.
“I wasn’t worried where he was in the run,” trainer John Hawkes said. “I know how good a horse he is and knew he was capable of picking them up with a clear run.
“I told Tommy I didn’t care if he got out late. The horse would win anyway.”
Bred in the Hunter Valley by Edwina Throsby, Chautauqua was the result of a service fee to Encosta de Lago that was purchased at a Victorian Bushfire Appeal in 2009. Edwina utilised the charity auction purchase for her multiple Group 1 winner Lovely Jubly and the mare subsequently gave birth to a grey colt at Berkeley Park Stud.
Lovely Jubly won the Qld Sires’ Produce Stakes and T J Smith Classic in 2002 and she’s also the dam of Adelaide stakes winner London Lolly (Charge Forward). Her latest is a yearling filly by More Than Ready.
Chautauqua was runner-up to Terravista in the 2014 Darley Stakes and finished the season with a Group 1 first in the T J Smith Stakes at Randwick. Friday’s Manikato made it a winning hat-trick this season following the G2 McEwan Stakes and G2 Gilgai Stakes.
He will head to the G1 Darley Stakes (1200m) at Flemington with future plans that include Hong Kong and, long-term, Royal Ascot.