Sydney Cup Favourite Big Duke Wins Chairman’s Handicap

Deposit $100
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $50 bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $25
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $250
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

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

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 well, Big Duke strode forward and took an ideal position on the rails and on the heels of early leaders Aloft and Shalmaneser as the field past the post the first time.

Settling into a good rhythm and receiving a good run in transit, the Raven’s Pass gelding was shuffled back a pair as Vandancer took up the running across the back straight, but jockey Craig Williams remained patient aboard the standout stayer, clearly confident in the ability that he had underneath him.

Holding his positon towards the inside of the track as the field circled into the final straight, Williams allowed Big Duke plenty of time to balance before going for the whip and was able to easily find a passage between Aloft and Pentathlon, before producing a smart turn of foot to comfortably find the line in the clear.

Big Duke has been a strong and consistent performer for leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir this season and posted a third-consecutive race win in the Chairman’s Handicap this afternoon.

Having failing to justify his clear favouritism when second in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) on February 5th, the five-year-old was too good for his rivals in the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) a fortnight later and returned to the mainland for a smart win in the Group 3 NE Manion Stakes (2400m) two weeks ago.

Macedon Lodge runner Aloft was gallant in finishing second in the Chairman’s Handicap this afternoon and is another horse who appears likely to take a position in the 2017 Sydney Cup field on Day 2 of The Championships.

Four-year-old Rock On was settled towards the tail of the Chairman’s Handicap field and was impressive to finish third, in what was his first appearance at the races since arriving in Australia.

About The Author

Jared Timms

Jared graduated with a journalism degree in 2011. He is a keen sports fan and has enjoyed many accolades for his lively writing style and comprehensive coverage of major sporting events and horse racing. Today, you can find Jared cheering on his beloved Manchester City with a beer in hand.


  1. board.cologne-crossline.de

    Hi, I do think this is a great website. I stumbledupon it ;) I may return once again since
    i have bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may
    you be rich and continue to help other people.

  2. koojoote.de

    Hi there all, here every one is sharing these kinds of know-how, therefore it’s fastidious to read this web site, and I used to pay a
    quick visit this web site daily.

  3. Margareta

    Have you ever thought about creating an ebook or guest authoring on other websites?
    I have a blog centered on the same topics you discuss and would love to have
    you share some stories/information. I know my readers would appreciate your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

  4. Ezequiel

    I am sure this article has touched all the internet users, its
    really really nice piece of writing on building up new weblog.

  5. website designing agencies

    I’m no longer certain the place you’re getting your info,
    however great topic. I needs to spend a while finding out more or understanding more.
    Thank you for wonderful information I was looking for this information for my mission.

  6. kalion.de

    A motivating discussion is worth comment. I believe that you should publish more about
    this issue, it might not be a taboo subject but usually people don’t talk about
    these topics. To the next! Kind regards!!

  7. Carlos Eduardo Correa da Veig

    I am truly delighted to read this web site posts which contains lots of helpful information, thanks for providing such information.

  8. besting timex watches

    Awesome blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A theme like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog stand out.
    Please let me know where you got your theme. Cheers

  9. Luiz Gastão Bittencourt da Silva

    I do accept as true with all the ideas you have introduced for your post.

    They’re very convincing and can definitely work.

    Nonetheless, the posts are too short for beginners. Could you please extend them a
    bit from next time? Thank you for the post.

  10. last resort asbestos

    I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills
    as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s
    rare to see a great blog like this one today.

  11. Grupo Serval presídios

    Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.
    Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! However, how can we communicate?

  12. Itamar Serp

    Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it
    ;) I’m going to return yet again since I book marked it.
    Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help
    other people.

  13. Egli Diana Pinto

    I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your site.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a
    developer to create your theme? Great work!

  14. Luiz Gastao Bittencourt da Silva

    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your
    website and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account
    your blog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  15. tercio borlenghi junior

    It’s awesome in favor of me to have a site, which is helpful in support of my experience.

    thanks admin

  16. domain names

    Keep this going please, great job!

  17. Egli Diana Pinto

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished
    to mention that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.
    In any case I’ll be subscribing in your feed and I hope you write once
    more very soon!

  18. Grupo Serval escandalo

    Thanks for finally talking about >Sydney Cup Favourite Big Duke
    Wins Chairmans Handicap – HorseRacing.com.au <Liked it!

  19. wireless home security system

    Heya! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new
    iphone 3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and
    look forward to all your posts! Carry on the superb work!

  20. Itamar Serpa Fernandes

    Hello, I believe your site may be having browser compatibility issues.
    Whenever I take a look at your website in Safari,
    it looks fine however, when opening in IE, it has some
    overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up!
    Apart from that, great website!

  21. Lélio Vieira Carneiro Junio

    Hello, i think that i saw you visited my weblog thus i came
    to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your

  22. Grupo Serval presídios

    Hey! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using
    for this website? I’m getting fed up of WordPress because
    I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform.
    I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  23. wireless home security system

    Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your
    weblog? My blog site is in the exact same area of interest as yours and my visitors would
    really benefit from some of the information you present here.
    Please let me know if this ok with you. Appreciate it!

  24. website design

    Magnificent items from you, man. I’ve be aware your stuff
    previous to and you are just too wonderful. I actually like what you have received right here, certainly like what you
    are saying and the way wherein you are saying it.
    You are making it enjoyable and you continue to take care of to stay it wise.

    I can not wait to learn far more from you.
    This is really a terrific site.

  25. asbestos spores

    Great site you’ve got here.. It’s difficult to find
    high-quality writing like yours nowadays. I really appreciate
    individuals like you! Take care!!

  26. Jose Wilame Araujo Rodrigues

    Greetings! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your posts.

    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same topics?
    Appreciate it!

  27. Egli Diana Pinto

    I was recommended this website via my cousin. I’m now not positive whether this submit is
    written by means of him as no one else recognise such precise approximately
    my problem. You are wonderful! Thanks!

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *