Chautauqua scores last to first win to claim 3rd T J Smith Stakes

April 1st, 2017

Super sprinter Chautauqua scored a last to first win to claim his third successive victory in the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on the first day of ‘The Championships’ today.

Chautauqua, above, wins his third straight T J Smith Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Chautauqua, above, wins his third straight T J Smith Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Jockey Tommy Berry rode his usual patient race on Chautauqua and after settling him at the tail of the field, weaved through the pack coming down the rise before the grey flash stormed down the middle of the track to score a hat trick of T J Smith Stakes wins.

Berry has been aboard the Team Hawkes trained six year old for all three T J Smith Stakes wins and was also in charge of the reins when the grey won the Group 1 HK$10,000,000 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin in Hong Kong on May 1 last year.

“Came up underneath them and once he got through he was so great,” Berry said.

Today’s win was his first since his victory in the Chairman’s Sprint but Chautauqua showed why he is rated the world’s best sprinter.

“That was special,” co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said.

“1200m at Randwick he just owns it.”

“This is what people come to see, these great horses.”

“You just have to love him.

“Hong Kong was special, last year was special and today was special to see.”

“This horse is the king and always has been,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes added.

“He is an international super star.”

Chautauqua started at the good odds at $5.50 to beat the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained English ($12) by a neck with Fell Swoop ($21) battling away on the fence for third.

The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Russian Revolution was sent out as the $3.40 favourite and after sharing the lead failed to go on with it in the straight and missed a place to finish sixth while the other well fancied three year old Astern ($7) was always mid field and never threatened and was a well beaten thirteenth.