On day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta De Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) celebrated an elite race quinella when outstanding Australian-bred 6YO gelding Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) put up a breathtaking performance when unleashing his trademark electrifying burst of speed to score a last-to-first 0.2 length win for trainers John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes in the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (2400m) for 3YO+, over 4YO mare English (Encosta de Lago-Court, by Anabaa) & 5YO gelding Fell Swoop (Not a Single Doubt-Touched in Flight, by Fasliyev). In claiming his sixth Gr1 victory, the mighty grey advanced his record to 13 wins (including the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize, Gr1 Lightning Stakes, Gr1 Manikato Stakes, Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes - twice, Gr2 Gilgai Stakes, Gr2 Rubiton Stakes, Gr2 Gilgai Stakes, Gr3 McEwen Stakes, Gr3 Bobbie Lewis Handicap & Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas) and 11 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Canterbury Stakes, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap - twice, Gr1 Darley Classic & Listed Gosford Guineas) from 28 starts for $8,309,243 earnings. Bred by the Throsby family, who raced his dam Gr1 QTC Sires' Produce Stakes & Gr1 QTC TJ Smith Classic winner Lovely Jubly, Chautauqua was passed in for $300,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and was retained to race by his breeders in partnership with prominent owner Rupert Legh in whose blue and gold lightning bolt silks he carried to victory. Not only did Chautauqua create history by becoming the first horse to win three TJ Smith Stakes', but he also surpassed the $7,364,462 earned by Black Caviar to become the highest earning Australian sprinter of all time. Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes was effusive in his praise of the star sprinter. "This horse defies everything. There were a lot of knockers. This horse is the king. He always has been," he said. "Hong Kong was special, last year here was special, this is special. For everyone who loves the horse, what a thrill." He added: "He was cool as a cucumber. He's a rock star and owns the 1200 metres at Randwick."