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 prize money. The 2020 Chairmans Handicap was won by Raheen House from Carif with Mirage Dancer 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 Group 1 Doncaster Handicap.
|Date:||Saturday 4th April 2020|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2020 Winner:||Raheen House|
The Chairmans Handicap is a 2600m distance race run under handicap conditions and has traditonally been used as a lead up race to the Group 1 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 Group 3 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.
Gallic Chieftain (2019) ran fifth in the Yarra Valley Cup over 1950m at Yarra Valley in Victoria before heading north to win this event for Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander.
Recent Chairman's Handicap winners include Sir Charles Road (2018) and Big Duke (2017).
1. $16.00 Gallic Chieftain 54.0 Damian Lane
2. $8.00 Shraaoh 53.0 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $19.00 Semari 53.0 Dwayne Dunn
4. $10.00 Sir Charles Road 55.5 Blake Shinn
5. $14.00 Self Sense 55.5 Luke Nolen
6. $3.50 Supernova 53.0 Brenton Avdulla
7. $10.00 Goathland 53.0 Jason Collett
8. $51.00 Auvray 55.0 Christian Reith
9. $71.00 Rodrico 53.0 Sam Clipperton
10. $21.00 Vengeur Masque 56.5 Patrick Moloney
11. $15.00 One Foot In Heaven 54.0 Tommy Berry
12. $41.00 Etymology 54.0 Craig Williams
13. $10.00 The Taj Mahal 58.5 James McDonald
14. $51.00 Casterton 53.5 Karis Teetan
15. $101.00 Zacada 54.5 Luke Currie
16. $31.00 Vin De Dance 54.5 Opie Bosson
17. $61.00 High Bridge 53.0 Corey Brown
18. $41.00 Ventura Storm 55.5 Brett Prebble
19. $31.00 Muntahaa 59.0 Mark Zahra
Margins: 0.5 len, 1.3 len
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|2020||Raheen House||Carif||Mirage Dancer||2:47.8|
|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|