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Chautauqua Refuses To Jump Again
As the racing world held its collective breath yestrday morning at the Rosehill barrier trials, Champion sprinter Chautauqua again refused to jump with the rest of the field. The six-time Gr1 winning son of Encosta de Lago has now failed 6 barrier tests in 2018. Jockey Tommy Berry eventually coaxed the star out of the gates in the trial but he still finished tailed-off 92.7 lengths behind the second last horse. It now appears a forlorn race against the clock to reform Chautauqua for one final tilt at the Spring Carnival. Perhaps a "movie style" intervention from 83 year old "horse whisperer" Monty Roberts may now be the best chance of reforming Chautauqua's barrier psychology. Owner Rupert Legh had previously commented in the The Sydney Morning Herald on July 30, "If we don't have success between now and next week, using Monty may be something [Team Hawkes] will consider." Roberts noted last week, “If [connections] meet my demands, I will be there as soon as possible. This kind of thing that’s happened to Chautauqua is not uncommon at all. I know why, and I know how to fix it. I’ll do it in a week. I’ve done it with Pakistan Star in Hong Kong and I can do it with him." Trainer John Hawkes said no decision would be made on what happens next with Chautauqua until Legh returns from overseas. Legh, meanwhile, told Melbourne radio station SEN1116 that, "There is no way known we would at all harm this horse mentally or physically." Legh added, "Everyone needs to sit back and have some confidence in the trainer and let John at the end of the day make the decision. He might make the decision and say I think we've gone as far as we can or he might say you know I think we're making headway with this horse."