All eyes on a jump out at Flem­ing­ton

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - NEIL EVANS

JOCKEY Tommy Berry had “ev­ery­thing crossed,” man­ag­ing owner Ru­pert Legh was plan­ning Group 1 nom­i­na­tions and rac­ing fans were united in be­liev­ing the break­through had ar­rived.

With time tick­ing, con­nec­tions to send triple T.J. Smith win­ner Chautauqua to this morn­ing’s Flem­ing­ton jump-out, just one day be­fore the blan­ket trial ban in NSW is lifted. And they lined up brim­ming with con­fi­dence.

Legh told The Sports­man,

“We had two un­of­fi­cial jumpouts in Syd­ney, just prac­tice re­ally, but they went great, he flew the gates. That gave us con­fi­dence and I still have 100 per cent trust in all the team. The horse is so sound and ready.”

Reg­u­lar rider Berry told me last night: “He is healthy and go­ing well. Fin­gers crossed.”

Of course, an un­likely start in the $13 mil­lion The Ever­est at Royal Rand­wick on Oct 13 hinges al­most solely this morn­ing’s jump-out.

“We still have a gen­uine glim­mer of hope,” Legh said. “The fi­nal slot-hold­ers can af­ford to sit back and wait.”

Pro­vided this morn­ing was a suc­cess, Legh said Chautauqua would be nom­i­nated for both the WFA Group 1 Manikato Stakes un­der lights at Moonee Val­ley on Oct 26 and the Group 1 Dar­ley Clas­sic Flem­ing­ton Nov 10, pend­ing an of­fi­cial trial that would be re­quired.

And that could be be­tween races at the Val­ley next Fri­day (Sept 28) on Group 1 Moir Stakes night, given the next of­fi­cial Victorian tri­als aren’t slated un­til Oct 8.

But in any di­rec­tion, time is against an Ever­est start. NSW would still re­quire two sat­is­fac­tory of­fi­cial tri­als, but Vic­to­ria needs only one, and the Val­ley is bend­ing over back­wards to ac­com­mo­date big grey’s re­turn.

One thing’s for sure, ev­ery­thing would have to have gone per­fectly this morn­ing for Chautauqua be at Rand­wick on Oct 13. And if it doesn’t, don’t rule out the 8YO head­ing to Hong Kong or even the UK next year for a swan­song at Royal As­cot.

The most talked about “false start tri­aller” in the world, Chautauqua hasn’t raced since pow­er­ing home into fourth be­hind Redzel in last year’s Dar­ley Clas­sic.

Back on the track and I head into Group 1 Golden Rose Day at Rose­hill to­mor­row be­liev­ing what­ever beats New­cas­tle colt Graff wins the race. His close sec­ond in heavy ground in the Group 2 Run To The Rose cov­er­ing a stack of was a beauty and he gets the right draw to park just off speed.

In fact, Run To The Rose has never pro­duced a deeper form­line.

Lean Mean Ma­chine’s firstup win was dy­na­mite and Zou­sain also at­tacked the line nicely in prepa­ra­tion for step to 1400m.

Of course, The Au­tumn Sun has a gi­ant mo­tor and will be charg­ing home af­ter be­ing a good thing beaten first-up in the Group 2 Stan Fox (1500m),

al­though he’ll be forced to go well back from the wider gate. My GOLDEN ROSE Tips:

1. GRAFF; 2. Zou­sain; 3. Seabrook; 4. Lean Mean Ma­chine

Here are my other Early Value Se­lec­tions at Rose­hill:

Race 1 1. GEM SONG** Ex­pect: $3.85 – $4.15 My Early Rat­ing: $2.75

Race 4 2. HARPER’S CHOICE** Ex­pect: $4.65 – $4.85 My Early Rat­ing: $3.15

Race 5 4. NOIRE** Ex­pect: $4.00 – $4.35 Early Rat­ing: $2.85

Race 6 2. DAYSEE DOOM (E/W)*** Ex­pect: $7.00 – $7.50 My Early Rat­ing: $3.95

Tommy Berry aboard Chautauqua af­ter win­ning the T.J. Dar­ley Smith Stakes.

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