Fairytale return for rising Chaillot

After 18-months on the sideline four-year-old mare Chaillot has made a sensational return to the races, retaining her unbeaten record winning at Flemington on Wednesday.

To win first up after a host of injury issues would have been impressive enough, but the daughter of Testa Rossa did it extra tough having to make up a lot of ground after missing the start in the final event at Headquarters.

Archie Alexander’s mare defeated a handy field including the Danny O’Brien-trained Cordilla, with the well-backed favourite having another luckless run second-up.

The victory makes it three-from-three for Chaillot, who was a stakes winner as a two-year-old when beating Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth.

“It was a freakish performance to get left at the start by three to four lengths and round them up, unbelievable,” said Alexander.

“I know it wasn’t a Group race or a Group 1 but that was a huge performance.

“When they’ve had a life like her it is incredibly satisfying and a huge amount of thanks to a lot of people.

“Huge team effort from everyone in Victoria who’s put her together and rehabbed her and all the owners. Neil Farley rides her every day Danielle looks after her, incredibly special.”

The Ballarat trainer said he was unsure where the OTI-galloper would head next, after being surprised just how well she performed first-up under jockey Declan Bates.

“I wasn’t even worried about the race today I was only worried about her getting out the barriers.

“That was our first mission to get her out of the barriers and Declan did a great job, Neil trialed her the other day and got her mind right.”

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