Run over 2600m, the Chairman’s is a quality handicap for 3YO and older horses. This year the minimum weight is set to 54kg and following the final acceptors, the weights were raised 1kg to meet the handicap criteria. The 2016 edition of the race will carry total stakes of $300,000 with the winner to receive $180,000. The only Group 2 event on the opening day of The Championships, the race also offers an enticing benefit with the winner receiving both ballot and penalty exemption in the 2016 Sydney Cup.
The race was held at Group 3 level from 1979 and in 2002 the race was given Group 2 status. With the exemptions available the race has been a target for stayers on a Sydney Cup campaign and has often been won by the subsequent Sydney Cup winner.
The last horse to complete the double was The Offer in 2014 and other winners of this race include No Wine No Song (2007 & ’08), Mummify (2004), Te Akau Nick (1993) and What A Nuisance (1984).
The Chairman's Handicap forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Chairman's Handicap Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 2nd April 2016|
|Race Time:||12:20 AEST|
|Race Type:||3YO & Up Quality Handicap|
|2016 Chairman's Handicap Odds|
|4||CAFE SOCIETY||3RD||$2.70 (pl)|
|8||DEE I CEE||-||-|
Already the favourite in pre-post markets for the Sydney Cup, Libran is a clear favourite in this event. An Irish import trained by Chris Waller, the 5YO gelding steps up to 2600m for the first time in his career, but shows all the signs of being able to handle the distance. From 4 starts this preparation he opened with a 3rd in a 1600m handicap at Randwick and followed that with a 2 length 4th in the Listed Parramatta Cup over 1900m at Rosehill. Taking on the Listed Randwick City Stakes at 2000m he landed his first Australian win in fine style and cemented his Sydney Cup favouritism with a dominant win in the G3 Manion Cup over 2400m at Rosehill. Brenton Avdulla has ridden him in each of his 4 southern hemisphere starts and maintains the ride here.
A lightly raced 4YO from the Gai Waterhouse barn, the gelding began his career in New Zealand, winning 2 of his first 3 starts and at just his 5th start, finished 4th to Mongolian Khan in the G1 NZ Derby. He missed all of last Spring and to prepare for his Autumn campaign, trialled 3 times. 1st up in a benchmark 85 over 1600m he finished 3rd, beaten 2 lengths and 2nd up over 2400m in a benchmark 82 was under a length from the winner Lord Disick. Gai Waterhouse has held the gelding in high regard since joining her stables in April of 2015 and will be primed to deliver a quality performance, as he will need to win to guarantee his position in the Sydney Cup field.
A French bred, English import, the 6YO gelding is yet to taste success in Australia from 7 attempts. This campaign he started off in the Listed Parramatta Cup, finishing 7th, beaten just on 3 lengths. 2nd up in the Listed Randwick City Stakes he faded badly to be beaten 17 lengths. Bouncing back strongly in the G3 Manion Cup over 2400m he was well beaten by Libran, but looked to have the others easily covered when finishing 2nd. He has raced further than 2500m on just the one occasion when finishing last of 16 in the G3 Bart Cummings at Flemington in October.
Stepping up in class the Bjorn Baker trained 6YO has scored wins at his last 3 starts and is given his opportunity against the better class of horses as a reward for his efforts. The gelding has raced consistently in a heavy campaign that has seen him start 9 times since January, start each week in February and has not been in a race less than 2000m in his last 6 starts. His hat-trick has been assembled with wins in a benchmark 65 over 2600m at Gosford when carrying 59kg, at Kembla Grange over 2400m in a benchmark 74 carrying 56kg and at Warwick Farm on March 28 over 2400m in a benchmark 72 carrying 58kg. He drops to 54kg, has champion hoop Brett Prebble aboard is 1 from 1 at 2600m and after 45 career starts, makes his first appearance at Randwick.
The Chairman’s Handicap is a Group 2 race that is held at the famous Royal Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Taking place during the Championship Day 1, it is a Quality Handicap run over a distance of 2600m. The $300,000 prize money brings out some of the better quality horses from around the country. It is a perfect lead up to the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m). In 2014, Gai Waterhouse’s The Offer won the Chairman’s Handicap before taking out the Sydney Cup and being rated an early favourite for the Melbourne Cup (which he didn’t make due to injury).
Jessicabeel (2010), No Wine No Song (2008), Henderson Bay (2002), Linesman (1997) and King Aussie (1990) all completed this double as well. This event is held alongside some prominent Group 1 races such as ATC Australian Derby, the Doncaster Handicap and the TJ Smith Stakes. The winner of the Chairman’s Handicap is exempt from the ballot and a weight penalty for the Sydney Cup.
|2016||LIBRAN||BRENTON AVDULLA||CHRIS WALLER||02:48.1|
|2015||TREMEC||BRENTON AVDULLA||JOHN THOMPSON||02:49.4|
|2014||THE OFFER||TOMMY BERRY||GAI WATERHOUSE||02:51.6|
|2013||TREMEC||CRAIG NEWITT||JOHN THOMPSON||02:44.4|
|2012||PERMIT||COREY BROWN||CHRIS WALLER||02:41.9|
|2011||ONCE WERE WILD||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||02:43.4|
|2010||JESSICABEEL||CRAIG WILLIAMS||JOHN O’SHEA||02:44.6|
|2009||DIVINE REBEL||KERRIN MCEVOY||MICHAEL MORONEY||02:45.9|
|2008||NO WINE NO SONG||DAMIEN OLIVER||KEVIN MOSES||02:49.8|
|2007||NO WINE NO SONG||MICHAEL RODD||KEVIN MOSES||02:48.1|
|2006||FOORAM||DARREN BEADMAN||JOHN O’SHEA||02:45.0|