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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 2018 SPORT 69 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA TRACK TALK MORPHETTVILLE THE QUADDIE THE TRAINER BEST OF THE BEST DOMINATION Race 4, No 1 Easy winner at Balaklava first-up before a solid run behind Akkacan. Had issues before the start, then raced keenly before fading behind Balwarra Gold before bouncing back with a six length Balaklava win last time. The testing material with the claim. CHRIS BIEG WITH A BIT OF DASH (Race 1) Shes been good at all three runs back from a long spell, with 51kg on her back shell be a good chance over the mile TEMPS VOLEUR (Race 6) Hes up in class but hell be in front for a long way. He pulled-up super from Balaklava and will take some running down. MAZUREK (Race 7) She had some foot issues. This is the toughest race shes run in, but she hasnt had a trial but she goes in pretty fit. LETTSY LIKES FREEHEARTED Race 8, No 4 Has a good record and got a long way back when only beaten 1.4 lengths last time. Drawn out but that should be OK with the claim for young Lachlan King. Should send punters home a winner. First leg 1, 4, 5, 9 Second leg 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 Third leg 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, Fourth leg 4 INSIDE 8-PAGE FORMGUIDE THE EYE-CATCHER DIAPASON Race 1, No 4 Plenty to like about the way she finished off behind Tan Tat Trusting two starts back and her run in the Balaklava Cup was very good under the circumstances. Inside alley tricky but shes ready to win. DEBT COLLECTOR Race 5, No 5 Impressive return when he got back and charged home to score impressively. should have taken plenty of benefit from the run. Hes a very nice horse destined for better races and he should take beating again. Trainer rolls the dice with Casino Wizard LINCOLN MOORE MT Gambier trainer Lee Creek wont be surprised if Casino Wizard can overcome his big weight and win the $100,000 Listed WH Wylie Handicap (1100M) at Morphettville today. Casino Wizard hasnt raced since finishing four lengths behind Sprightly Lass in the DC McKay Stakes at Morphettville in May, and Creek said the eight-year-old was in pretty good shape for his return to racing despite carrying 60kg. He still looks a bit wintry in the coat, Creek said. But I won't be surprised to see him winning the race. Nothing has changed and his work has been the same, so I couldnt be happier with him. Hes carried weight most of his career the trip away and run on Saturday will do him the world of good. Casino Wizard was placed in the Spring Stakes, Durbridge Stakes, Kevin Heffernan Stakes and City of Marion Stakes before winning his second successive Christmas Handicap at Morphettville last December. Creek said the 2017 Goodwood placegetter still had plenty to offer as an eightyear-old and said a return to Victoria during the Melbourne Cup Carnival was again on the cards. His main goal will be the Durbridge, Creek said. Hell go there and then Ill look at going back to Melbourne. Hell either go back up the straight on Cup Day or go over 1400m. Creek said he decided to bring Casino Wizard back a little later than last year in a bid to avoid the wet tracks. I wanted to avoid running him first-up in the Spring Stakes this year on a heavy track, Creek said. He ran third in that race last year but it left him a bit flat. Casino Wizard is a $14 chance with Ladbrokes which also has Godolphin runner Demerara as a $2.80 favourite. Dom Tourneur takes the ride on Demerara who was a multiple Melbourne winner earlier in the year and hasnt raced since running a strong sixth in the Listed Densies Joy Stakes at Scone in May when favourite. TEAM Hawkes is daring to dream again with Chautauqua after the champion grey cleared a significant hurdle in a possible return to racing after successfully jumping out of the starting gates at Flemington yesterday. But, as relieved and pleased as John and Wayne Hawkes were at the sprinters improved barrier manners in an 800m trial, there was a sobering note of caution. Theres no point in putting the cart ahead of the horse, especially with this bloke, Wayne Hawkes said. Now that hes ticked the first box, we need to go and speak to the stewards about what our options are. Theres a few big bridges to jump yet, and were under no illusions its not the end of the match. Were only at the start He jumped! Hope for star sprinter LEO SCHLINK of the first set, thats for sure and certain. The bottom line is the dream hasnt died. Its as simple as that. Hes been a great horse to us the movie isnt there yet but if he comes back and does something special, they said Bert Newton would be playing me so thats what is going to happen. Hawkes said he noticed a remarkable difference in Chautauquas attitude after the six-time Group 1 winner returned to Flemington. He wasnt switched on but more focused, I suppose, Hawkes said He was more on the job and probably showed that this morning. In truth, he wasnt out to have a hard jump-out. It wasnt about his fastness, it was more about the first five seconds. Banned after failing to jump with the field in a string of trials, Chautauquas future now rests in the hands of Racing Victoria stewards. Jockey Tommy Berry said the Grey Flash was a neck slow out of the gates before finishing a restrained last in the four-horse trial. After settling at the tail of the field, Berry did not push Chautauqua in a trial won by Runson. It was great that he jumped, Hawkes said. Theres been a lot of hard work in the last month from everyone in Sydney so Im just the recipient of all their good work. Hawkes would not elaborate on what work has been done on Chautauqua, with connections advising NSW Racing stewards the mercurial speedster has been working with an anonymous horseman known only as Mr Q. I dont really want to go to into it, Hawkes said. Sometimes, things are better left unsaid theyre our little secrets. The truth is were not getting ahead of ourselves. Its only one jump-out and theres another big hurdle to jump yet. Its certainly a step in the right direction because if he didnt jump he would have been in the paddock, its as simple as that. So theres still hope for the Chautauqua followers. Chautauqua still needs to leave the barriers cleanly at an official barrier trial to have his ban lifted. He hasnt raced since finishing fourth to Redzel in the Darley Classic at Flemington in November. His next step towards regaining his racing ticket could involve a trial in between races. An encouraging sign as Chautauqua (second from left) finally jumps out of the barrier stalls at Flemington Racecourse yesterday Picture: DAVID CROSLING ~ ~ ' - ' ' 1 2. ~ r) .. ; -i . . -~
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