Chautauqua could race on as stewards allow the grey to barrier trial again
Chautauqua has won a surprise reprieve from Racing NSW stewards, who have decided not to enforce the preliminary ban on the horse following submissions from three of his owners on Tuesday.
It appeared the multiple Group 1-winning sprinter's career was at an end after refusing to jump with the field for a seventh time in a trial at Rosehill last Saturday, but Racing NSW stewards have offered a lifeline to the embattled grey after confirming that they did not consider that Chautauqua refused to jump in last Saturday's trial.
The Racing NSW stewards have ordered:
1. Chautauqua is not to barrier trial until after 22 September 2018, so as to allow sufficient time for a re-education process, having regard to the evidence of the (thoroughbred) behaviourist.
2. Chautauqua must barrier trial on two consecutive occasions to the satisfaction of the stewards before being permitted to race again.
3. Should Chautauqua not show improvement in commencing from the barriers as compared to its last barrier trial on 25 August 2018 and/or does not trial to the satisfaction of the stewards again, the gelding's nominations for all barrier trials and race meetings will be refused under AR50.
"Racing NSW is mindful of its responsibility to protect the image, interests and welfare of the NSW thoroughbred racing industry. Included in this responsibility is to ensure there is public confidence in the industry," read the release.
"The stewards have balanced this responsibility with the connections submissions. Having carefully considered all relevant matters the stewards have determined to allow Chautauqua to barrier trial again in an endeavour to have the embargo removed."
Racing NSW stewards heard submissions from part-owners Rupert Legh, Michael Ramsden and Peter Wright before making the decision not to enforce the ban.
"Evidence today was also taken from the gelding's behaviourist, who wished to remain anonymous, however, his credentials and details are known to stewards," the release continued.
"The behaviourist who has been educating Chautauqua to jump from the barriers advised stewards that he had been working with the gelding since on or around 1 August 2018.
"He said in that period of time, while Chautauqua had not jumped satisfactorily in official trials, the gelding had improved by jumping from the barriers, whereas previously Chautauqua had refused to begin.
"He indicated to the stewards that in his opinion, with further education and being encouraged by the gelding beginning well in jump outs, he was confident he could encourage the gelding to begin in a competitive manner.
"The connections of Chautauqua supported this opinion."
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