Chris Waller’s Sydney Cup-bound five-year-old Permit has opened top of the odds for the 2012 Chairman’s Handicap at Randwick this Saturday, the latest staying feature offering a Sydney Cup ballot exemption to the winner.
Equal $5.50 second pick along with 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain in the futures markets at bookmaker.com.au for the $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick on April 28, Dansili gelding Permit is also short odds to take out the $175,000 Group 2 Schweppes Chairman’s Quality Handicap (2600m) at the track this weekend.
Of the 16 gallopers accepted Permit is the $2.80 top elect in the Chairman’s Handicap odds at bookmaker.com.au, the emerging stayer coming off a win in the Listed NE Manion Cup (2400m) at Rosehill from March 31.
Following Permit in the Chairman’s Quality Handicap betting markets are then just three other chances at single-figure odds with:
- #3 Once Were Wild ($7) – Gai Waterhouse-trained Johannesburg mare comes off a good third in the Epoona Stakes over 1900m at Rosehill, step up in distance is going to suit as they are the defending Chairman’s Handicap winner having beaten a similar class field in this last autumn – On Track for Back-to-Back
- #4 Older Than Time ($7.50) – Waterhouse’s other hopeful is Don Eduardo mare Older Than Time, ran third to Permit in the NE Manion Cup last time out and can improve, finished fourth to their stablemate in this race 12 months ago before their Sydney Cup second – Save for Sydney Cup
- #1 Efficient ($8) – Rejuvenated 2007 Melbourne Cup winner the now eight-year-old grey showed a hint of their former greatness when third to Manighar in the Australian Cup over 2000-metres last time out, missed The BMW last start so are one run behind but don’t discount over the distance – Best Place Chance
Fancy something at a bit longer odds for some value this Australian Derby Day?
There is plenty of talent and good form in this year’s Chairman’s Handicap and longer-priced hopefuls worth a look include the Michael Moroney-trained Albury Gold Cup runner-up Muirfield ($10), last year’s Chairman’s runner-up Anudjawun ($13), Peter Moody’s progressive five-year-old Hanks ($16) coming off an Adelaide Cup fifth and Chris Wood’s Kiwi raider Guns At Five ($17).
Check out the full 2012 Chairman’s Quality Handicap fixed win odds in the table below courtesy of bookmaker.com.au.
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2012 Chairman’s Quality Odds
Royal Randwick Race 8 – 4:15pm – 14/04/2012
|3||ONCE WERE WILD (9)||7.00|
|4||OLDER THAN TIME (7)||7.50|
|7||SOLID BILLING (11)||81.00|
|8||BEIJING BOY (4)||26.00|
|11||GUNS AT FIVE (1)||17.00|
|14||OUR SERENA (10)||41.00|
|15||PRIDE OF COUPEZ (5)||101.00|
|16||PLANET PURPLE (15)||101.00|
*Fixed Win Odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change