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The Everest rivals Chautauqua, English, Fell Swoop and Redzel are among the nominations for the 2017 Group 2 $200,000 Bowermans Office Furniture Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Favourite for The Everest, Chautauqua, above, is among the nominations for The Shorts at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Favourite for The Everest, Chautauqua, above, is among the nominations for The Shorts at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Jockey Brenton Avdulla is very excited to get his first race day feel of the Team Hawkes trained Chautauqua in the Shorts after being booked to ride the brilliant sprinter in the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14.

“I’m very excited to get the ride and very thankful,” Avdulla told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“I haven’t opened up the cylinders on him yet, I have to wait until Saturday. I have just given him a couple of quiet trials and I don’t ride him trackwork, but he feels like a nice horse, as you would expect. I’m looking forward to Saturday and the Everest.

“At the end of the day, he’s a horse that was under the stick at the 600m in the TJ Smith [Stakes] … He just seems to take a while to get to his top and then he gets there and sustains it.”

Chautauqua has had two barrier trials in preparation for his return to the races for a third over 800m at Warwick and a fifth over 1020m at Rosehill for Avdulla who replaces Tommy Berry who has steered the grey flash to victory in the last three runnings of the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes over the same course and distance as The Everest.

Berry has taken up duties in Hong Kong and was unable to obtain a release from the Hong Kong Jockey Club to ride in Sydney on October 14.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained English hold a slot for The Everest and will be out to justify that with a bold first up showing in The Shorts.

English will be facing the stater for the first time since running sixth to Secret Agenda in the Group 1 $1m Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on May 6 while the Matthew Dale trained Fell Swoop is also stepping out for the first time since finishing ninth to Redzel in the Group 1 $700,000 Doomben 10000 (1200m) at Doomben during the 2017 Brisbane Winter Carnival.

Redzel is among the nominations for The Shorts and resumed with a sizzling win in the Group 3 $150,000 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on September 2 but Team Snowden had indicated that the Snitzel speedster would be heading to Melbourne for the Group 1 $500,000 Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley on September 29.

Nominations for the 2017 The Shorts (1100m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 215942245x AFTER ALL THAT G 6 Rodney Northam 75
2 265x63394x BALL OF MUSCLE G 7 Joseph Pride 103
3 1x47x3231x CHAUTAUQUA G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 122
4 11113x410x ECKSTEIN M 4 Kurt Goldman 97
5 470x17266x ENGLISH M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 113
6 x323x6639x FELL SWOOP G 6 Matthew Dale 107
7 6x112653x I THOUGHT SO G 4 David Pfieffer 80
8 39x650980x JAPONISME G 5 Chris Waller 104
9 10112x14x3 NIETA M 5 John P Thompson 95
10 x19x72630x PALAZZO PUBBLICO M 6 Matthew Smith 97
11 181x2211x1 REDZEL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 113
12 12516x847x TAKEDOWN G 5 Gary Moore 110

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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