Quintessential has won the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap at Eagle Farm Racecourse today May 11, 2013.
The four-year-old relished the rain-affected track and won the race ahead of a fast finishing Rothera, who placed second, and third place-getter Sysmo.
Quintessential was paying odds of $7 to win the 2013 Chairman’s Handicap at bookmaker.com.au.
The Fast ‘N’ Famous mare has now won five of her 20 race starts and has earned more than $570,000 in prize money during her impressive career.
Quintessential’s most recent start resulted in a third placing in the Group 2 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa in New Zealand on April 27, 2013.
Trainer John Sargent was thrilled with Quintessential’s 2013 Chairman’s Handicap win, which marked her first victory in almost 12 months.
“I thought she might have been run down but she keeps kicking,” Sargent said.
“This will set her up for one of the 2,400 races (Doomben or Eagle farm Cup).
“Hopefully we’re on the right track now.
“She’s right back in the group.”
Jockey Damien Browne continued his successful partnership with Quintessential in the 2013 Chairman’s Handicap.
“It’s getting very hard to make ground,” Browne said after the ride.
“I knew it would be a hard slug up the straight.”
The jockey also shed some light on Buffering’s chances in the Group 1 BTC Cup next race on the rain affected track.
“I hope he loves it. Look obviously it’s probably not ideal for him,” Browne admitted.
“He’s a real guts as everyone knows.
“We can only play the cards we’re dealt.”
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2013 Chairman’s Handicap Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||3||QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ)||John Sargent||Damian Browne||–||13||57.5kg||$7|
|2||1||ROTHERA||Brian Smith||Ric McMahon||0.5L||6||59kg||$16|
|3||14||SYSMO (FR)||Tony McEvoy||Glen Colless||1.5L||5||54kg||$6|
|4||7||TOPPING||Tony Gollan||Larry Cassidy||3.8L||8||55.5kg||$14|
|5||16e||DAZZLE US||Bruce W Hill||Ms Tegan Harrison (a)||4.6L||12||54kg||$41|
|6||8||MARGINS||Ben Currie||Timothy Bell||6.1L||9||55kg||$4F|
|7||2||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Eddie Wilkinson||7.3L||4||58kg||$13|
|8||15e||ANAGOLD||Bryan Guy||Jim Byrne||8.3L||7||54kg||$41|
|9||9||SAINT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson||Anthony Allen (a)||8.4L||1||55kg||$31|
|10||10||POSTE RESTANTE (NZ)||Desleigh Forster||Michael Cahill||8.6L||3||54.5kg||$17|
|11||12||GOLD CAPE||John Wheeler||Micheal Hellyer||8.8L||10||54kg||$41|
|12||11||DOLLY DOLLY (NZ)||Brian Smith||Ryan Wiggins||11.6L||2||54kg||$7.50|
|13||6||CARRICK (NZ)||Tony Pike||Leith Innes||12.4L||14||56kg||$11|
|14||13||I GOTTA FEELING (NZ)||John Wheeler||Chris Munce||19.4L||11||54kg||$21|