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Chairmans Handicap

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.

Chairmans Handicap info

Date: Saturday 6th April 2019
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 2600 metres
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000
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).

2018 Chairmans Handicap result

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

then followed
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
Time: 2:41.57

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Chairmans Handicap winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Sir Charles Road Ventura Storm Peribsen 2:41.5
2017 Stampede The Chairman Chocante 2:05.2
2017 Big Duke Aloft Rock On 2:52.4
2016 Libran Alegria Cafe Society 2:48.1
2015 Epingle Index Linked Volkhere 2:18.3
2015 Tremec Sir John Hawkwood Grand Marshal 2:49.4
2014 The Offer Tremec Hippopus 2:51.6
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
2002 Henderson Bay Homewrecker Asia 2:29.7
2001 Steel Phoenix Giovana Wellington 2:32.0
2000 Pravda Consolidator Regal Touch 2:31.2
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
1995 Spiritual Star Daacha Balmeressa 2:50.5
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
1990 King Aussie Chaleyer Gopak 2:47.6
1989 Just Trish Palace Revolt Tawriffic 2:46.5
1988 Round The World Banderol Our Palliser 2:49.4