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Chautauqua to race in Japan in Global Sprint Challenge bid

Posted on 03/06 by Pom de Turf

Chautauqua to race in Japan in Global Sprint Challenge bid
Chautauqua to race in Japan in Global Sprint Challenge bid

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Rupert Legh, co-owner of world champion sprinter Chautauqua has revealed a trip to japan is "more likely than not" in the 2016/2017 season.

During discussions last night with the other owners John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes, Mr Legh revealed the likely target will be the $A2,692,690 Group 1 Sprinters Stakes (1200m) at Nakayama, Japan on Sunday, October 2.

Legh said this will fit in well with the spring plans, and is a valuable leg of the of the Global Sprint Challenge.

Chautauqua already has two legs under his belt - the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington and the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin.

The Global Sprint Challenge carries a $US1 million bonus for a horse to win in a leg of the series in three different jurisdictions.

With the top priority for the owners being to win a third TJ Smith Stakes, Legh commented “Things like going to Hong Kong in December could delay his autumn campaign. Would it impact on the TJ? I think we may go to Japan"

Chautauqua became the first horse ever to win back to back TJ Smith Stakes winning both the 2015 and 2016 running of the Group 1 race.

Legh revealed he and the co-owners feel "privileged" to own Chautauqua, a winner of 5 Group 1's and prize money of $5.5 million to date.

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