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O.P. « 2019-Feb-19, 11:50 AM »
Legh hints at Chautauqua comeback
James Tzaferis James Tzaferis@Jtzaf   11:16am
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Enigmatic sprinter Chautauqua could make a shock return to racing later this year, according to his owner Rupert Legh.

On Tuesday, Leigh told RadioTAB Australia that the five-time Group 1 winner could return to work for a tilt at international Group 1 races with options in Hong Kong, the UK and Dubai.

The eight-year-old was retired in September after a series of failed barrier trials and jumpouts in which he refused to leave the gates and participate with the rest of the field.

Legh said Hall of Fame trainer John Hawkes would be consulted on the horse's future before any decision was made.

"We're just tossing it around at the moment, deciding what we do with him," Legh told RadioTAB Australia.

"It (comeback) is in the back of our minds and the horse is just doing a little bit of work at the moment.

"You've got to go through a certain process with the stewards in Melbourne and Sydney and get their consent that he can trial again.

"This is not about money, this is not about egos, it's about saying this horse has still got so much to offer the Australian public.

"If he does show all the signs that he wants to be back racing then, rather than everyone get on our backs, we'd love to see some support because we do the right things by our horses and we've never been ones to abuse or over-race our horses."

Racing Victoria's Chairman of Stewards Robert Cram confirmed Chautauqua would need to successfully trial twice to the satisfaction of stewards before being permitted to race in Victoria again.


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« 2019-Feb-19, 12:26 PM Reply #1 »
Couldn’t agree more :clap2:


This is not about money, this is not about egos, it's about saying this horse has still got so much to offer the Australian public.

"If he does show all the signs that he wants to be back racing then, rather than everyone get on our backs, we'd love to see some support because we do the right things by our horses and we've never been ones to abuse or over-race our horses."

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« 2019-Feb-19, 03:01 PM Reply #2 »
He has since clarified

Rupert Legh, Chautauqua's managing owner, had a change of heart on Tuesday after stating there was a chance the horse could go back into work a few hours prior.

Legh told RadioTAB that Chautauqua could return to racing if he gained permission to trial from stewards.

The owner then spoke to RSN in Melbourne and put out a vastly different message stating Chautauqua will never race again.

“All I said (in the radio interview) was that a hell of a lot of water would have to flow under the bridge to even contemplate the first notion of a comeback,” Legh said.

 “Won’t happen. He’s retired. That’s the end of it. I should have made that clearer.


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