Horse Racing
2015 McEwen Stakes result - Chautauqua leaves rivals standing

2015 McEwen Stakes result - Chautauqua leaves rivals standing

An incident shortly after the start cost Chautauqua a clean start however it made little difference to the result of Saturday's Group II McEwen Stakes (1000m) Jockey Dwayne Dunn explained he was further back than he planned following an incident soon after the start.

"He began pretty well today but then he got bashed by another horse and got himself in a bit of a tangle,” Dunn said.

"That put me back further than I'd anticipated, my plan was to follow Craig Williams (Tycoon Tara).

"After that it all fell into place. I was close enough to them at the turn in and I knew he'd pick them off.”

Chautauqua ($2.60 fav.) gave the leaders eight lengths start passing the 600 metres before accelerating around the field to outclass his rivals, coming away to defeat Flamberge ($5.50) by 1 1/2-lengths with the three-year-old Furnaces ($5.50) a further 1 1/4-lengths away third.

Dunn said the five-year-old has matured mentally since the autumn.

"We haven't put much pressure on him yet. The race today was unknown territory for him, a thousand metres around the Valley,” Dunn said.

"I was off the bridle at the 800 metres but from the 600 he just started to grow underneath me and just took me there.

"It took a little while for him to wind up but to see him do that was extraordinary.

"He handles himself so much better now. The little things he was doing wrong before he's not now.

Wayne Hawkes, who trains Chautauqua in partnership with father John and brother Michael, said he was not concerned when Chautauqua was towards the rear through the early stages/

"It wasn't where you'd want to be with a normal horse, but he's no normal horse,” Hawkes said.

"They went lickety-split up front and Dwayne rode him like he was the best horse in the race and the horse did the rest.”

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