Chautauqua can’t reel off sectionals much faster than he’s currently running but it seems the one-dimensional style he’s developed in the last couple of seasons is costing him.
Take a look at the Punter’s Intel data out of the Premiere Stakes.
The big grey’s first 200m was easily the slowest of the race – he crawled it in 14.39 seconds. Interestingly English was the second slowest (14.12) as she was jagged back to second last.
From there he ran four consecutive sub-11 second 200m splits and the fastest last 200m in 11.03 – but it was mathematically impossible for him to win.
The PI data showed he was 24 metres off the leader at about the 950m, he lost ground between the 600m and 400m before charging to go down by 9m.
Under similar conditions in the Everest he’s going to need to pull out something special – but he’s done that before.
Clearly Innocent’s last 600m of 32.90 was bettered only by English and Chautauqua and he did it somewhat cramped for room at vital stages in the straight.
As for English, that blistering turn of foot she showed as she chased after In Her Time saw her produce the best 200m split of the race running 10.51 between the 400m and 200m.
Away from the Premiere Stakes, the run of Echo Effect in the Snitzel Sprint suggests he’s not far off a win.
He’s been ridden right out the back in his two starts this preparation but he produced a 33 second flat last 600m including the fastest last two 200m splits.
Fourth placed Improvement backed up her second-up effort in similar company running fourth and she covered more ground than any other in the race, 6.8m more than the race distance.
We’re not sure how much more Tom Melbourne can be doing in his races but he keeps finding one better.
In the Epsom his last 600m of 33.46 was easily the best of the race and only he, Happy Clapper and Foxplay broke the 34 second mark.
Fastest last 600m: English 32.37
Most ground covered (in the finish): +11.7m Foundry; +10.9m Foxplay; +10.6m Sambro.
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