2017 Chairman’s Handicap Field & Barrier Draw

Nine runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Royal Randwick, highlighted by the inclusion of several horses seeking a berth in next weekend’s Group 1 Sydney Cup.

Big Duke has been confirmed in the 2017 Chairman's Handicap field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Big Duke has been confirmed in the 2017 Chairman’s Handicap field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Big Duke has found terrific form for trainer Darren Weir this season and has been confirmed to be partnered by Craig Williams when he takes his place in the 2017 Chairman’s Handicap field.

Posting consecutive wins in a pair of Victorian minors over 1800m and 2040m respectively through late December and January, Big Duke was unable to justify his outright favouritism when second in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m), but responded with a dominant win in the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) a fortnight later.

Having since won the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) a fortnight ago, the Raven’s Pass gelding has drawn into the Chairman’s Handicap field on the rails.

Kinema has continued to improve upon stepping up in distance this time in and the talented stayer could find ideal conditions when he lines up in the Chairman’s Handicap field.

Capping his first Australian campaign with a smart win in the Prince Of Penzance Plate (2800m) on Melbourne Cup Day, Kinema returned this time for seventh in the James Ruse Handicap (1500m) on February 18th.

Progressing to fifth in the Listed Randwick City Cup (2000m), the Galileo gelding worked to the line well for fourth in the NE Manion Cup last time out.

Polarisation has been set for the Sydney Cup and will make his Australian debut this weekend after been confirmed in the 2017 Chairman’s Handicap field.

A strong and consistent performer for Godolphin’s British trainer Charlie Appleby, Polarisation made only three appearances at the races in 2016, but his genuine staying ability and first-up form suggests that he will be tough to beat in the Chairman’s Handicap.

Last seen running on for fourth in the Ladbrokes Mallard Stakes (2937m) on September 9th, the Echo Of Light gelding is drawn well to finish a position off the pace in barrier 7.

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2017 Chairman’s Handicap Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x1x4211211 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Craig Williams 1 58kg 98
2 170x41x754 KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Zac Purton 9 58kg 98
3 2x1x7x39x1 ALOFT (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 8 56.5kg 95
4 067379×978 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jason Collett 3 56.5kg 95
5 2x9533x324 ALEGRIA John O’Shea Joao Moreira 6 55.5kg 93
6 38x2x20x4x POLARISATION (GB) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 7 55.5kg 88
7 2521341241 ROCK ON (NZ) John Sargent Brenton Avdulla 2 55.5kg 83
8 18×1931236 VANDANCER (NZ) Michael Moroney Tommy Berry 5 55.5kg 83
9 8835332465 SHALMANESER Jason Attard Tim Clark 4 55.5kg 78


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