Chau­tauqua is one step closer to a re­turn

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - WAR­REN HUNTLY

CHAU­TAUQUA was the cen­tre of at­ten­tion dur­ing last Fri­day’s jumpouts and star sprinter pre­pared by Team Hawkes took a step closer to re­sum­ing his rac­ing ca­reer.

He left the bar­ri­ers cleanly and was al­lowed to set­tle at the tail of field of four with TRUE EX­CEL­SIOR mus­ter­ing good speed to win the heat.

Her win­ning time of 45.46 for dis­tance of about 800m was the quick­est the morn­ing’s ses­sion with SUN­SET WATCH and BOOKER com­plet­ing the high class quar­tet that par­tic­i­pated in the heat.

Chau­tauqua wasn’t ex­tended at any stage to fin­ish about three or four lengths from True Ex­cel­sior and now must gain the stew­ards ap­proval in an of­fi­cial bar­rier trial be­fore he can head back to the races.

FUN FACT wasn’t able to adopt his usual on speed tac­tics in Ade­laide last time out but he has re­turned to Gai Water­house and Adrian Bott’s Flem­ing­ton base in great or­der and heads to the Derby Trial at

to­mor­row for his next start.

He looked strong and fit gal­lop­ing over 1200m last Tues­day morn­ing pulled up well af­ter cov­er­ing the jour­ney in 1.21.23 and his last 400m in. 25.25.

It would be no sur­prise to see him set­tle in a for­ward po­si­tion to­mor­row and prove hard to run down. The Chris Waller-trained

has come through her re­cent win at Moonee Val­ley in ter­rific shape and looked a pic­ture of health go­ing through her paces last Tues­day morn­ing.

She ap­peared to have plenty up her sleeve gal­lop­ing over 1000m and looked bright and fit af­ter com­plet­ing her work­out in 1.10.34 and clos­ing 400m 25.28.

Con­nec­tions are sure to find an­other suit­able race in the next week or so and she is ready to run to her best.

STRIKE FORCE is deep into his prepa­ra­tion but the Mike Moroney-trained gal­loper looks to have fresh­ened up nicely since his last start vic­tory at Moonee Val­ley and is hold­ing con­di­tion well.

He was kept up to the mark cov­er­ing 1400m last Thurs­day morn­ing and fin­ished off his work in good style to clock 1.38.74 for the trip and 25.04 for his fi­nal 400m.

Moroney has him in great or­der to step out over 1630m at Flem­ing­ton to­mor­row and he is sure run well again.

VAIN­GLO­RI­OUS has been kept on the fresh side since her last start over 1600m at Sandown and Steve Richard­strained daugh­ter of So You Think looks in good or­der to head to Flem­ing­ton to­mor­row.

Last Fri­day she was given a fairly easy time in a jumpout over ap­prox­i­mately 800m to fin­ish about two lengths from the DI­ABOL­I­CAL who clocked 45.89 in win­ning the heat.

That time com­pared favourably with most other heats con­ducted dur­ing the morn­ing and Vain­glo­ri­ous is ca­pa­ble of im­prov­ing dra­matic all on her most re­cent run to­mor­row.

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