2013 Chairman’s Handicap – Final Field and Barrier Draw

Brisbane’s winter carnival action kicks off with a bang on Saturday at Eagle Farm and one of the more open races on the eight-race program is the Group 3 2013 Chairman’s Handicap (2100m).

Quintessential returns to Queensland in the Chairman's Handicap on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The $115,000 event has attracted a full 14-horse field plus five emergencies and contains a number of local hopes and raiders.

Returning to the scene of success is last year’s Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential who has received a horror “visitor’s draw” in barrier 17.

The New Zealand mare has been in solid form this preparation and was last seen running third in the Group 2 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa.

There is a strong New Zealand presence in the race with Quintessential joined by Tony Pike’s gelding Carrick, Lisa Latta’s mare Zennista and John Wheeler-trained pair Gold Cape and I Gotta Feeling.

It is a definite rise in grade for Wheeler’s hopes but both are coming off last-start victories.

One of the top local hopes is Ben Currie-trained gelding Margins who was a two-length winner in the Listed Tails Stakes on April 27.

Also representing the Queenslanders is Tony Gollan-trained gelding Topping who finished one place in front of Margins in the Members’ Handicap on April 20.

Winner of the Members’ Handicap was Transporter who showed the the Queensland form is strong when third to Lights Of Heaven and Forteller in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes on Saturday.

Making the trip north is Tony McEvoy’s French import Sysmo who is coming off a sixth-place finish to Kelinni in the JRA Plate.

Others in the Chairman’s Handicap field include Michael Moroney’s stayer Shenzhou Steeds and Brian Smith-trained pair Rothera and Dolly Dolly.

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Chairman’s Handicap 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 65354341×8 ROTHERA Brian Smith Ric McMahon 7 59kg 99
2 x648630x40 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney Eddie Wilkinson 5 58kg 97
3 2x056x5253 QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ) John Sargent Damian Browne 17 57.5kg 100
4 7257217×27 ZENNISTA (NZ) Lisa Latta Jonathan Riddell 18 57kg 99
5 x8939x7050 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings TBA 16 56.5kg 94
6 x610x05x32 CARRICK (NZ) Tony Pike Leith Innes 19 56kg 93
7 152243×842 TOPPING Tony Gollan Larry Cassidy 10 55.5kg 92
8 2x74x94131 MARGINS Ben Currie Timothy Bell 11 55kg 91
9 144415×800 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson TBA 1 55kg 91
10 0x141116x7 POSTE RESTANTE (NZ) Desleigh Forster Michael Cahill 3 54.5kg 94
11 1224124136 DOLLY DOLLY (NZ) Brian Smith Ryan Wiggins 2 54kg 89
12 003×442371 GOLD CAPE John Wheeler TBA 12 54kg 83
13 3931344×01 I GOTTA FEELING (NZ) John Wheeler TBA 14 54kg 82
14 16x533x216 SYSMO (FR) Tony McEvoy Glen Colless 6 54kg 81
15e x221132x70 ANAGOLD Bryan Guy Jim Byrne 9 54kg 81
16e 3241381125 DAZZLE US Bruce W Hill TBA 15 54kg 80
17e 14175×0213 MARKOUT Pat Richardson TBA 13 54kg 79.5
18e 3x11119x41 MASTER AVATAR Gary Duncan TBA 8 54kg 78
19e 427716×260 BOREHOLE David J Lawlor Andrew Spinks 4 54kg 72