ATC Chairman’s Handicap

  • Date: Saturday April 1, 2017
  • Racecourse: Randwick
  • Race Distance: 2600m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $300,000

2016 ATC Chairman’s Handicap News

Sydney Cup Favourite Big Duke Wins Chairman’s Handicap

Sydney Cup Favourite Big Duke Wins Chairman’s Handicap

Big Duke is set to start next weekend’s 2017 Sydney Cup a clear race favourite after recording a strong win in the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Royal Randwick this afternoon.

Big Duke recorded a strong win in this afternoon’s Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap at Royal Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart

Jumping from the gates …

The 2017 ATC Chairman’s Handicap is a Group 2 race staged annually during the Sydney autumn racing carnival at Randwick Racecourse. It is an open handicap event with $300,000 in prize money on offer to the winners.

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The Chairman’s Handicap is one of the longer races of the carnival at 2600m in distance. As such the winner gains a ballot exemption to the longest event of the carnival, the Group 1 Sydney Cup over 3200m.

The Chairman’s Handicap is staged on one of the biggest days of the carnival, Day 1 of The Championships, on the same card as headline events like the Doncaster Mile, TJ Smith, Sires Produce Stakes and the Australian Derby.

It provides a fantastic form line for the Sydney Cup with King Aussie in 1990, Linesman in 1997, Henderson Bay in 2022, No Wine No Song in 2008 and Jessicabeel in 2010 all claiming the double.

No Wine No Song also has the rare honour of having claimed this race back to back with wins in 2007 and 2008.

Steel Phoenix also won it twice with a win in 1999 before returning to do it again in 2001.

Other notable champions include Grey Song in 2003, Mummify in 2004 and Once Were Wild in 2011.

2017 Chairman’s Handicap Field

The Chairman’s Handicap field usually features a fairly talented selection of stayers. Although it holds Group 2 status, many of the horses running in it will have their eyes set on the Group 1 Sydney Cup further down the track.

The 2017 Chairman’s Handicap field is provided below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x1x4211211 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Craig Williams 1 58kg 98
2 170x41x754 KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Zac Purton 9 58kg 98
3 2x1x7x39x1 ALOFT (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 8 56.5kg 95
4 067379×978 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jason Collett 3 56.5kg 95
5 2x9533x324 ALEGRIA John O’Shea Joao Moreira 6 55.5kg 93
6 38x2x20x4x POLARISATION (GB) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 7 55.5kg 88
7 2521341241 ROCK ON (NZ) John Sargent Brenton Avdulla 2 55.5kg 83
8 18×1931236 VANDANCER (NZ) Michael Moroney Tommy Berry 5 55.5kg 83
9 8835332465 SHALMANESER Jason Attard Tim Clark 4 55.5kg 78

2017 Chairman’s Handicap Nominations

The Chairman’s Handicap nominations are announced on the Monday prior to the race, with acceptances released two days later on the Wednesday.

The 2016 Chairman’s Handicap nominations will be published here.

ATC Chairman’s Handicap Winners & Results

Winners and placers in the ATC Chairman’s Handicap since 2000 with winning times.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2015 1 Tremec 2 Sir John Hawkwood 3 Grand Marshall  2:49.4
2014 1 The Offer 2 Tremec 3 Hippopus  2:51.6
2013 1 Tremec 2 Blood Brotha 3 Aliyana Tilde  2:44.4
2012 1 Permit 2 Older Than Time 3 Nextanix  2:41.9
2012 1 Permit 2 Older Than Time 3 Nextanix  2:41.9
2011 1 Once Were Wild 2 Anudjawun 3 C’est Le Guerre  2:43.4
2010 1 Jessicabeel 2 No Wine No Song 3 Harris Tweed  2:44.6
2009 1 Divine Rebel 2 Ice Chariot 3 Common Objective  2:45.9
2008 1 No Wine No Song 2 Sky Biscuit 3 Resolution  2:49.8
2007 1 No Wine No Song 2 Prince Arthur 3 Magic Instinct  2:48.1
2006 1 Fooram 2 Three Chimneys 3 Cross Bar  2:45.0
2005 1 Philosophe 2 Padfoot Charlie 3 County Tyrone  2:51.1
2004 1 Mummify 2 County Tyrone 3 Saturday Fever  2:47.7
2003 1 Grey Song 2 Honor Babe 3 County Tyrone  2:32.4
2002 1 Henderson Bay 2 Homewrecker 3 Asia  2:29.7
2001 1 Steel Phoenix 2 Giovana 3 Wellington  2:32.0
2000 1 Pravda 2 Consolidator 3 Regal Touch  2:31.2