Chautauqua's stunning Manikato Stakes win in 2015 (Image: Racing Photos)
Melbourne racegoers will get to see Chautauqua this autumn after all following a decision to switch the famous sprinter south for the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley later this month.
Chautauqua was to have trialled at Warwick Farm on Monday morning on his way to his first-up run in the Canterbury Stakes at Randwick this Saturday, but Hawkes Racing indicated on Monday the horse will instead trial this Thursday at Rosehill before heading to Melbourne.
The Group 1 William Reid Stakes is worth $500,000 and is run over 1200 metres at night on March 23.
Chautauqua's autumn plans have changed a few times in 2018 with a first-up Oakleigh Plate tilt abandoned late before the new plan to run in the Canterbury Stakes was also spoiled when Chautauqua twice refused to trial at Randwick last Tuesday.
Co-owner Rupert Legh explained on Sunday that the great sprinter was put-off by a nearby camera and so refused to jump at the trials.
"He's such a peculiar animal," he told RSN 927. "If you change things for him, he loses it - he gets pretty cranky. He's got a mind of his own."
Hawkes Racing will use Thursday's trials for Chautauqua to return to racing after he suffered a ban until he trials satisfactorily following the Randwick debacle. He will return to Sydney after the William Reid for a shot at a fourth victory in the $2.5million T J Smith Stakes over 1200 metres at Randwick on April 7.
Chautauqua's run in the William Reid will be a welcome back to Moonee Valley where the sprinter has endured mixed fortunes.
The winner of more than $8.8million in stakes has not raced at Moonee Valley since the spring of 2016 when he was unplaced in both the Moir Stakes (fourth) and Manikato Stakes (seventh).
He did return last spring but was sensationally scratched at the barriers from last spring’s Manikato Stakes.
His first two runs at Moonee Valley resulted in breathtaking wins in the McEwen Stakes and Manikato Stakes of 2015.
WATCH: Chautauqua's 2015 Manikato Stakes win