Chautauqua's racing career is up in the air after the seven-year-old failed to jump with the field again in a trial at Cranbourne on Monday. 

The cantankerous grey remained in the stalls for the fourth time this autumn. 

Chautauqua stayed in the barriers on two occasions at Randwick on February 27 and again refused to jump with the field at Rosehill on March 8 before eventually coming out on his own and following the field around.

The T J Smith Stakes on April 7 had been the target for the Team Hawkes-trained gelding had he been able to gain clearance, but owner Rupert Legh said that was now off the table.

"That's definitely off the agenda now," Legh said on RSN.

Chautauqua has won the past three Group One T J Smith Stakes. 

Legh said John Hawkes would make the call on what was next for Chautauqua, but said it was likely the seven-year-old would head to the paddock for a long spell.

Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes would not be drawn on whether Chautauqua had run his last race.

"It's race day today and you never make a decision on race day but the time is coming, sooner rather than later," Hawkes said.

"He owes us nothing.

"If I had another horse that won five Group Ones and eight-and-a-half million (dollars) I'd cop that everyday of the week.

"It's not a throw away line, it's the truth."

Chautauqua was sent to renowned horseman Julien Welsh in a bid to correct his barrier antics before Monday's trial.

"We sent him doing different things, just poking along and that's why he was here today," Hawkes said.

"He's never been here before but if they don't want to do it, they won't do it."

Hawkes said he could never be disappointed with Chautauqua.

He rates the sprinter up with the best horses he's had anything to do with including Lonhro, Octagonal and All Too Hard.

"He's as good a sprinter as you'll ever see," Hawkes said.

"All the good sprinters are leaders and for him, being a backmarker, it's never easy.

"But I can think about Hong Kong and his three TJs (wins).

"He hasn't died, but everything comes to an end."

 

 

 

 

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