Career over? Chautauqua refuses to jump again
THE career of Australia's greatest stakes-earning sprinter is in doubt after Chautauqua's stubborn refusal to leave the barriers in a Rosehill trial on Tuesday morning.
Chautauqua was the world's top-rated sprinter for two years but his refusal to even leave the barriers in recent trials - and again on Wednesay - has prevented him from racing for 10 months.
The champion lined up against nine rivals, including The Everest favourite Trapeze Artist, in his trial.
The only thing Team Hawkes and the grey's owners wanted to see was the gelding jump with the field.
But Chautauqua had other ideas.
The grey again demonstrated his unwanted and frustrating habit of refusing to jump away with the field in his 900m trial, eventually leaving the gates when the others in his heat were on the home turn, nearly 500m away.
When Chautauqua consented to finally leave the barriers, he galloped solo under jockey Tommy Berry, completing the trial course but finishing nearly 100 lengths behind his rivals.
It is the sixth time in the calendar year that Chautauqua has refused to leave the barriers in a jump-out or barrier trial, leaving his celebrated racing career in jeopardy.
Chautauqua has earned $8.8 million in his career.