Racing NSW Stewards have given consideration to the requirement for Chautauqua to pass a barrier embargo, after again failing to jump from the barriers at the Rosehill Gardens barrier trials today.
Co-trainer John Hawkes advised Stewards that no firm decision has been made in respect to the gelding's racing future. He was advised that should a decision be made to continue to race the gelding, Racing NSW Stewards have determined that Chautauqua must barrier trial satisfactorily on two consecutive occasions prior to being permitted to race again.
Mr Hawkes indicated that should connections decide to continue to race the gelding, Chautauqua may be transported to his Melbourne stable.
After consulting with Racing Victoria Stewards and having regard to the frequency of official barrier trials in Victoria, Stewards have determined that should connections seek to have the requirement to barrier trial on two occasions lifted in Victoria, that Chautauqua could pass one of the two tests in a Victorian official jump out which is observed by the Stewards, consistent with the current practice in that state. However, the remaining test must be in an official barrier trial.
Mr Hawkes was advised that should Chautauqua fail to jump again, consideration may be given to whether the nominations of the gelding are accepted.