Next NSW Race

Latest News

Flindell Relives Chautauqua Call

By Brad Gray

Chautauqua’s breathtaking win in the $2.5m Darley TJ Smith Stakes on Saturday was matched by the outstanding call from Darren Flindell who, like the rest of us, had to pick his jaw up off the floor.

“It’s probably the most spectacular win I’ve ever seen. I can’t say I’ve ever called a horse winning like that before,” reflected Flindell who has been calling for the best part of 20 years.

Chautauqua's third TJ Smith win

“I was focused on him all the way and reiterated that he was last on the turn however I really thought English and Fell Swoop were the only two chances at the 100m.

“I had one last look back and caught a glimpse of him and mentioned that he was still running on but it was unbelievable, as I described it at the time.

“It’s a replay that has become very addictive for people.”

After the race, Flindell took to Twitter to reply to punters’ praise, tweeting “I do get a kick out of calling Chautauqua home. It’s the biggest win of a horse I’ve had the privilege to call.”

So what compares to Chautauqua’s third TJ triumph?

“In some respects his win last year, although it wasn’t quite as spectacular. There were some good wins in Hong Kong too but nothing of that magnitude,” said Flindell before mentioning Able Friend and Good Baba winning his third Hong Kong Mile.

The reason last year’s TJ Smith victory from Chautauqua is remembered so fondly is largely due to the “BOOM!” Flindell roared as the grey flash charged down the Randwick straight, however there was no script to work in another mention this time around.

“To be honest, it all happened so fast. It was best the way it worked out, the emotion of it. Watching the replay I estimate that he is still five lengths down at the 100m. It was impossible to win.”

“You’re very mindful that it’ll be historical if he could do it but you can never really prepare lines as such. Although I find with Winx I sometimes have to because you know she is going to win. It’s hard to prepare a specific line though because you don’t want to get tied down to it.”

Racing NSW - home to live racing, replays, the latest news and form

The Latest Racing News

What You Missed - Rosehill 17th November

By Ray Hickson At Rosehill Gardens As Good As Rabbit Season For Bridge There are few trainers out there like ...
Read More

Roheryn Defeat Subject Of Lengthy Inquiry

By Ray Hickson The question of whether jockey Josh Parr could have had done more to place beaten odds-on favourite ...
Read More

Fiesty Mare On Target For Kembla Victory (Saturday)

Bargain buy Feisty Fox is reaching her peak and is ready to add to her win tally at Kembla Grange ...
Read More

Outcome Of Appeal - Licensed Jockey Chad Lever

Chad Lever – Before the Racing NSW Appeal Panel Licensed Jockey Chad Lever lodged an appeal against conviction and penalty ...
Read More

Brosnan Hoping To Take A Portion Of Winnings At Grafton (Monday)

Gold Coast trainer Maryann Brosnan is expecting a positive first-up showing from former Victorian galloper Portion Control when he kicks ...
Read More
Loading...
Racing NSW Apps
View
Mobile Version
Contact
Forms
Information
Industry Links