Chautauqua made an outstanding return to racing in Saturday’s Group II McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

Chautauqua ($2.60 fav) came from the second half of the field to beat Flamberge ($5.50) by 1 ½ lengths while Furnaces ($5.50) was third.

This is what the jockeys thought of the performance of their rides in the McEwen Stakes.

Race Horse Jockey Comment


Chautauqua Dwayne Dunn They went that quick and he was nice and smooth through the transition and he handled the track really well and that’s a bonus going forward. They weren’t going to quicken again from the turn so he was able to run home and pick them off.
2nd Flamberge Vlad Duric Winner was just too good.
3rd Furnaces Patrick Moloney I thought I was the winner at the top of the straight but he was just beaten by two seasoned Group I horses. He’s still a three-year-old and it’s onwards and upwards for him.
4th Klishina Craig Newitt Went great but she was just outclassed.
5th Sweet Emily Harry Coffey She ran really well. To run fifth in a Group II is a pretty good effort up against some of these elite horses so it was a really good training effort by Phil (Sweeney). There’s probably improvement.
6th Tycoon Tara Craig Williams She’s a really mature mare and she competed really well first-up against those horses with the way the race was run. She’s in for a nice spring.
7th The Quarterback Matthew Allen Ran super. Just run off his legs early. But he went well. He saved ground on the inside and he kept on really well.
8th Kuro Mark Zahra Ran all right. He got a bit of a bump at the 200(m). He’ll improve a lot from that.
9th It Is Written Damien Oliver Ran well. Wants further.
10th Written Dash Dean Yendall Just run off her feet early.
11th I’m All The Talk Michael Walker Being taken on didn’t suit our horse.
12th Sistonic Damian Lane Just went too hard. Over-raced all the way.