Last year Chautauqua carried 55.5kg when he ran 2nd to Brazen Beau in the Newmarket. Since then he has won 5 races including the Group 1 T.J Smith, Group 1 Manikato and the Group 1 Lightning Stakes last week. Here is that race below
Only four horses have carried the same weight or more in the last 40 years Haylist, Black Caviar and Shaftsbury Avenue.
Racing Victoria Handicapper, David Hegan, said Chautauqua deserved to be top weight since he has been dominating the Sydney and Melbourne springs in devastating fashion.
“Chautauqua carried 55.5kg when runner-up in last year’s Newmarket Handicap and rises to 58kg this year after subsequent weight-for-age Group 1 victories in the T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m), Manikato Stakes (1200m) and Black Caviar Lightning (1000m),” Hegan said.
“He will become just the fourth horse in 50 years to win the Newmarket Handicap carrying at least 58kg should he be first to salute the judge, which would be an outstanding achievement.”
Delectation who won the Group 1 Darley Classic in Cup week over the same course and distance has 56kg and Chautauqua’s nemesis Terravista who probably deserved to win the Black Caviar Lightening Stakes has 56.5kg, he ran third in this race last year.
The horse I am very keen on is Japonisme, he has been allocated 52.5kg. His Coolmore Stud Stakes victory was phenomenal and in the Black Caviar Lightening he was very good, now he gets a big weight swing on his past opponents. In his favour as well is the success the 3 year olds have in this race. Last year’s winner was also trained by Chris Waller and won as a 3 year old on his way to Royal Ascot that horse being Brazen Beau. In fact 9 of the last 18 editions of this race have been won by 3 year olds.