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Chautauqua Launches Everest Campaign
Co-trainer Michael Hawkes is adamant that star sprinter Chautauqua has never been in better shape ahead of his return to racing in tomorrow's Gr2 Shorts (1100m) at Royal Randwick. Last seen in creating history by becoming the first horse to win three Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes' in April, Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) is being aimed at the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "He always spells well but where do you get to in suggesting he has got better and better? Where is the cut-off point?" Hawkes told racingnsw.com.au. "It's hard to explain that he looks better, or is going better, because everybody knows what he has done in the past three or four years at the highest level so it's all about maintaining it. He is a horse that has only had light preparations and that's why we've been able to get him so far so who knows where he'll end up." Hawkes, who prepares the world's best sprinter with father John and brother Wayne, added: "He is in a great frame of mind and physically he looks phenomenal. He is forward enough but here is improvement to come. At this stage, we are happy with him." Chautauqua is surprisingly second favourite for the Shorts with TAB at $3.70 behind Redzel at $2.40.