The Chairmans Handicap is a Group 2 open handicap race held each year in April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 2600 metres and worth $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Chairmans Handicap was won by Sir Charles Road from Ventura Storm with Peribsen third.
The winner of the Chairman's Handicap race is exempt from a Sydney Cup ballot & penalty and the race is held on the first day of The Championships, alongside the feature race of the day, the Gr1 Doncaster Handicap.
|Date:||Saturday 6th April 2019|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Sir Charles Road|
The Chairmans Handicap is a 2600m distance race run under handicap conditions and has traditonally been used as a lead up race to the Gr1 Sydney Cup over 3200m on the second day of The Championships. It is typically a more than handy race for staying types who are looking for an event somewhat closer in distance to the two mile journey of the upcoming Sydney Cup and the field quality tends to vary each year.
A race like the Gr3 NE Manion Cup is a good lead up event and both Big Duke (2017) and Lidari (2016) won the Manion Cup prior to winning the Chairman's Handicap.
As far as the Sydney Cup goes, in recent times The Offer (2014), Jessicabeel (2010), No Wine No Song (2008), Henderson Bay (2002), Linesman (1997) and King Aussie (1990) all won this race and then went on to win the Sydney Cup at their next start. Grand Marshal (4th in 2015) & Mourayan (4th in 2013) proved too strong in the Sydney Cup after running fourth in the Chairman's Handicap beforehand, while Aliyana Tilde (3rd in 2013) ran third in both races.
A number of horses including Older Than Time (2nd in 2012), Once Were Wild (2011), Harris Tweed (3rd in 2010) and Divine Rebel (2009) all managed to place in the Sydney Cup after this race, with Ista Kareem (4th in 2009) winning the Sydney Cup following his fourth here.
Sir Charles Road (2018) ran sixth in the Gr1 Auckland Cup over 3200m at Ellerslie in new Zealand before crossing the tasman to win this event in stylish fashion and recent Chairman's Handicap winners include Big Duke (2017) and Libran (2016).
1. $7.00 Sir Charles Road 56.0 Blake Shinn
2. $11.00 Ventura Storm 59.0 Mark Zahra
3. $11.00 Peribsen 53.0 Sam Clipperton
4. $10.00 Ormito 53.0 Craig Williams
5. $91.00 Doukhan 53.0 Craig Newitt
6. $4.80 Alward 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy
7. $16.00 Admiral Jello 53.0 Jason Collett
8. $5.50 Cismontane 55.5 Stephen Baster
9. $12.00 Master Of Arts 57.5 Damian Lane
10. $41.00 Zacada 56.5 Michael Dee
11. $11.00 Domed 53.0 Ms Rachel King (a)
12. $41.00 Imperial Aviator 53.0 Tim Clark
13. $21.00 Wheal Leisure 53.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
14. $41.00 Double Bluff 54.5 Damien Oliver
15. $91.00 Up Cups 53.0 Anthony Darmanin
Margins: 0.2 len, 3.3 len
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|2018||Sir Charles Road||Ventura Storm||Peribsen||2:41.5|
|2017||Big Duke||Aloft||Rock On||2:52.4|
|2015||Tremec||Sir John Hawkwood||Grand Marshal||2:49.4|
|2013||Tremec||Blood Brotha||Aliyana Tilde||2:44.4|
|2012||Permit||Older Than Time||Nextanix||2:41.9|
|2011||Once Were Wild||Anudjawun||C'est Le Guerre||2:43.4|
|2010||Jessicabeel||No Wine No Song||Harris Tweed||2:44.6|
|2009||Divine Rebel||Ice Chariot||Common Objective||2:45.9|
|2008||No Wine No Song||Sky Biscuit||Resolution||2:49.8|
|2007||No Wine No Song||Prince Arthur||Magic Instinct||2:48.1|
|2006||Fooram||Three Chimneys||Cross Bar||2:45.0|
|2005||Philosophe||Padfoot Charlie||County Tyrone||2:51.1|
|2004||Mummify||County Tyrone||Saturday Fever||2:47.7|
|2003||Grey Song||Honor Babe||County Tyrone||2:32.4|
|1999||Steel Phoenix||Lahar||For The Moment||2:48.2|
|1998||Joss Sticks||Pharagrove||Court of Honour||2:47.3|
|1997||Linesman||Nimzo Indian||Aurum Heights||2:42.6|
|1996||Cornwall King||Racing Writer||Seto Bridge||2:44.8|
|1994||Paris Fire||Cross Swords||Red For Go||2:49.4|
|1993||Te Akau Nick||Chishendo||Mercator||2:43.7|
|1992||Demerit||Val D'Arno||Magnolia Hall||2:44.7|
|1991||Prizaan||String Quartet||Fill The Bill||2:44.4|
|1989||Just Trish||Palace Revolt||Tawriffic||2:46.5|
|1988||Round The World||Banderol||Our Palliser||2:49.4|