2011 Chairman’s Handicap Final Field & Barriers – AJC Derby Day Race Previews

One of the best staying races on the 2011 AJC Australian Derby Day programme at Randwick this Saturday April 9 will be the $1750,000 Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m), which has drawn a final field of 17 acceptors.

A talented field of gallopers will contest the 2011 Chairman’s Handicap, but in a setback for one of the early favourites, the in-form Older Than Time has drawn wide with barrier 14.

Gai Waterhouse’s four-year-old Don Eduardo mare Older Than Time has won all four of her starts this season including her most recent victory in the Listed Sky High Stakes (1900m) ahead of Luen Yat Forever at Rosehill on March 19.

On Saturday Older Than Time will attempt to extend her succession of wins to five but has to contend from barrier 14 of 17, the first time the mare has drawn a double-digit gate.

Waterhouse will also be represented in the race by her Johannesburg mare Once Were Wild, drawn in barrier three and due to be ridden by Nash Rawiller.

There are two other last-start winners along with Older Than Time in this year’s Chairman’s Handicap with the John Thompson-trained Galizani who won the Listed Epona Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill on March 26 and Guy Walter’s Cyber Crime coming off a recent win over 2500m at Randwick’s Kensington track.

Another top elect in the Chairman’s Handicap markets is sure to be Kiwi galloper Showcause despite their wider barrier 11 draw.

The Frank Ritchie-trained Giant’s Causeway five-year-old is coming off some impressive recent form in New Zealand including their win in the Group 2 Avondale Cup (2400m) on February 19 and their last-start second behind Titch in the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) on March 9.

Showcause will be ridden by Corey Brown for their Aussie debut on Saturday, connections hoping the gelding can emulate star three-year-old Jimmy Choux who claimed their first start on Australian turf with ease in the Rosehill Guineas ahead of their run in the $1.5 million Group 1 AJC Australian Derby (2400m) this weekend.

Other notable stayers facing off in the Chairman’s Handicap on Saturday include the Lee Freedman-trained Speed Gifted in the far outside barrier 17, Shaun Dwyer’s in-form Toowoomba galloper Anudjawun (barrier five) and the Luke Price-trained The Patriot (barrier nine).

The 2011 Schweppes Chairman’s Handicap will jump at 1:10pm (AEST) as Randwick Race 3 this Saturday.

2011 Schweppes Chairman’s Handicap Field, Barriers & Weights

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 X030X80X03 SPEED GIFTED (GB) Lee Freedman Hugh Bowman 17 58kg 106
2 X05160X005 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott Michael Rodd 6 57.5kg 105
3 280830X409 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 3 56kg 106
4 9723181912 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie Corey Brown 11 56kg 102
5 25X2413880 TINSELTOWN (NZ) Michael Moroney Glyn Schofield 8 55.5kg 101
6 16287X4818 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 15 52.5kg 95
7 1X52272567 STRIKE ONE (GB) Chris Waller 16 52.5kg 95
8 12224X1111 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse Glen Boss 14 52kg 97
9 X808X95260 MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ) Joseph Pride Nathan Berry (a0) 13 52kg 94
10 74657X8778 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 4 52kg 90
11 21130X641 GALIZANI John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 7 52kg 89
12 00230X7578 MISS DARCEY Anthony Cummings Rod Quinn 10 52kg 88
13 1X7441X843 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller 12 52kg 88
14 X320X03232 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer Craig Williams 5 52kg 78
15 3113X47816 SANDBERG Guy Walter Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 52kg 76
16 713X203533 THE PATRIOT Luke Price 9 52kg 68
17 7X62241451 CYBER CRIME Guy Walter Christian Reith 2 52kg 64