Make or break for Chantilly Chateau over mid­dle dis­tance

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MATT JONES

SHE’S had two at­tempts at 2000m for one third but Jason Reilly says this is the day for Chantilly Chateau to break through at the trip when he runs in a Bench­mark 55 Hand­i­cap (2020m) at Mur­willum­bah.

The five-year-old mare comes into the race off a fourth at Grafton over 1610m and, af­ter a luck­less run over 2100m at Lis­more a start ear­lier, Reilly is go­ing back to the mid­dle dis­tance trip for an­other crack.

“Her run at Grafton was ex­cel­lent af­ter a month be­tween runs,” he said.

“She got crowded from the 600m and couldn’t get a good crack at them but she hit the line nicely and in­di­cated that the 2000m would be right up her al­ley.

“She’s an older mare now and this is the way she works for me. You’ve just got to look at the way she ran last start. This should be the per­fect dis­tance for her.”

She’s back in grade for to­day’s run but has to carry 4.5kg more.

Chantilly Chateau did win four starts ago with 59.5kg on her back, though, and her trainer said the drop in class is the more in­flu­en­tial as­pect.

“The weight is a con­cern but I’ll still be dis­ap­pointed if she doesn’t run well con­sid­er­ing how she’s come on since Grafton,” he said.

Reilly said she’ll look to make her own luck and sit just be­hind the speed from bar­rier seven and jockey Belinda Hod­der will likely park in be­hind Joueur who doesn’t mind lead­ing.

“I’m hop­ing she’ll be in the first three or four,” Reilly said.

“If she can’t run out the 2020m against this field, we’ll go back to 1600m and 1800m races.

“This is her chance. She’s five runs in and her work has been ex­cel­lent.”

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