Lexus Newmarket Handicap favourite Chautauqua continued his preparations for next Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 with a jumpout win at Flemington on Friday morning, reports Racing Victoria.

The Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained gelding took part in an 800-metre session on the inside grass track.

He led most of the way, despite not being pushed out by jockey Dwayne Dunn, to leave co-trainer Wayne Hawkes satisfied.

“It was just a bit of trackwork, that’s what it was,” he said. “We didn’t have to gallop him, just (give him) a jumpout.”

“He’s a bit fresh, but everything’s pretty good with him. We’ve got no complaints, he’s a pretty cruisy horse.”

The workout continued the solid grounding ahead of the 1200-metre sprint for the four-year-old son of Encosta de Lago.

It was his most serious workout since winning the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) on 14 February, before which he had two jumpouts, and Hawkes said they had deliberately given him a solid grounding for the Newmarket, for which he is TAB’s $3.20 favourite.

WATCH: Chautauqua win the Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield




Chautauqua was not the only leading fancy to have a jumpout at Flemington on Friday with $5.50 third pick Brazen Beau also stepping out.

The Coolmore Stud Stakes winner and Black Caviar Lightning runner-up worked with stablemate Delectation over 800m on the course proper just before sunrise, which Chris Waller’s Melbourne foreperson Justine Hales said was standard practice for the colt ahead of his straight-track runs.

“That worked well for us before the Coolmore and then again before the Lightning we did the same thing, so Chris thought he’d just follow that path again,” Hales said. “It seems to bring the horse on well.

Craig (Williams) was absolutely rapt with how he went. He said he was a little bit lost early because he had to lead and there was only two of them in it, but he said coming to the line he got stronger and stronger every time he asked him to do something and that’s what we wanted out of today.”

Craig Williams, who rode Brazen Beau in the Black Caviar Lightning, was aboard for the jumpout but will hand over the reins to Brazilian superstar Joao Moreira, who partnered Brazen Beau to Coolmore victory.