Chairman’s Handicap 2012 Taken by Outsider Hume

Brian Smith-trained gelding Hume has produced an upset victory to take top honours in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) at Doomben today.

Paying a massive $51.00, the Zabeel eight-year-old peeled down the outside at the straight and produced a gallant effort to reign in eventual runner-up Ironstein.

It was the first victory since June 2009 for the experienced gelding and his trainer Smith was over the moon with the result.

“The owners I am glad they’re patient [because] I had so much faith in this horse,” Smith said.

“Eight-year-old or whatever he is, he doesn’t know it. I begged them to put him back, give him one more go.

“To back him up second up and win, I am just one proud man.”

It was a special effort from Hume who finished in spectacular fashion, running the final 600 metres in 34.72 seconds.

“I didn’t know, I couldn’t say he was ready for it but I felt in my gut,” Smith said.

“I’ve always been a gut feeling trainer and I just felt in my gut that he was ready.”

Smith will take some time to decide where to next for the now two-time Group level winner with one possible option the Group 2 Brisbane Cup.

Hume now has seven wins from 32 starts and today’s victory takes his total prize pool to more than $390,000.

It was a promising return for fellow Zabeel gelding Ironstein who had copped plenty of criticism for back-field finishes in his last three starts.

Gold Coast-based gelding Warrior Within produced a solid run from the inside barrier to finish third.

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Chairman’s Handicap 2012 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight SP
1 9 HUME (NZ) Brian Smith Scott Galloway 5 54kg $41
2 2 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan Josh Adams (a) 0.8L 12 57.5kg $6
3 8 WARRIOR WITHIN Bruce W Hill Paul Hammersley 1.3L 1 54kg $12
4 4 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens Ryan Wiggins 1.4L 6 54kg $26
5 7 RUNDLE Kelly Purdy Timothy Bell (a) 1.6L 10 54kg $26
6 5 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 2.4L 3 54kg $7
7 3 SHUFFLE THE CASH Bryan Guy Jim Byrne 4.4L 13 54kg $12
8 6 FANTASTIC BLUE Paul N Nolan Chris Munce 4.5L 4 54kg $26
9 10 STREETS AWAY (NZ) Alan Bailey Glen Colless 4.6L 8 54kg $4.80F
10 11 DIAGO Liam Birchley Brad Stewart 4.8L 7 54kg $8
11 13 MARKED Robert Heathcote Larry Cassidy 4.9L 2 54kg $15
12 12 HEAD NORTH Alan L Jones Jason Taylor 5.7L 9 54kg $31
13 1 SIX O’CLOCK NEWS (NZ) T Busuttin & N Young Nash Rawiller 11.2L 11 58.5kg $6