The 2016 ATC Chairmans Handicap is a 2600m staying event held at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse in mid-April.
Worth $300,000 in prize money, the Group 2 open handicap has a minimum weight of 52kg and a high weight of 61kg. It is a lead-up race to the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) and the winner of the Chairmans Handicap is exempt from ballot and penalty for the Sydney Cup. The ATC Chairmans Handicap takes place on the same day as the Group 1 ATC Australian Derby.
The Chairman’s Handicap 2016 will be run on Saturday April 2nd, 2016.
|Date:||April 2nd, 2016|
|Track:||Randwick Racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
2016 Chairmans Handicap Field
The Chairmans Handicap field usually features some genuinely strong stayers, hailing from a variety of racing backgrounds and depths of experience. The Chairmans Handicap field, usually announced on the Wednesday prior to the race, always puts on a decent racing performance.
The 2016 Chairmans Handicap field is provided below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x47226x122||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||Donna Logan||James McDonald||5||59kg||110|
|2||05143×0075||DISCLAIMER (GB)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Sam Clipperton||2||54.5kg||97|
|3||9×35742001||PERMIT (GB)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||11||54.5kg||97|
|4||50554×0675||HONORIUS||David Payne||Dwayne Dunn||7||54kg||96|
|5||x35150x084||QUEENSTOWN||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||8||53kg||98|
|6||2183672192||PHRASES||Bindi Cheers||Ms Kathy O’Hara||1||53kg||94|
|7||x9x676x016||SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE)||Peter G Moody||Glen Boss||9||53kg||92|
|8||532x086x01||SCRATCHY BOTTOM||Michael Kent||Craig Williams||4||53kg||90|
|9||320x44x078||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||Brenton Avdulla||10||53kg||90|
|10||23211×8894||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||3||53kg||88|
|11||3625353420||MARTINVAST (IRE)||Archie Alexander||Kerrin McEvoy||6||53kg||81|
2016 Chairmans Handicap Nominations
The Chairmans Handicap nominations attract horses with extensive staying experience from stables around the country. While the majority of horses which enter the Chairmans Handicap nominations are from local stables, many make the journey from Victoria and Queensland to contest the race.
The 2016 Chairmans Handicap nominations will be published here.
Chairmans Handicap History
The Chairmans Handicap first recorded win was in 1979 by Lady Dignitas. Since then, No Wine No Song has been the only horse to win the event in two consecutive years in 2007 and 2008. Steel Phoenix has also won the event twice in 1999 and 2001.
The Chairmans Handicap/Sydney Cup double most recent winners include No Wine No Song in 2008, Henderson Bay in 2002, Linesman in 1997 and King Aussie in 1990. The fastest recorded winning time was 2 minutes 29.79 seconds by Henderson Bay in 2002 and the slowest winning time was recorded by Philosophe in 2005 with 2 minutes 51.13 seconds.
Past Chairman’s Handicap Winners
|1st||Tremec||2 minutes 49.40 seconds|
|2nd||Sir John Hawkwood|
|1st||The Offer||2 minutes 51.63 seconds|
|1st||Tremec||2 minutes 44.4 seconds|
|1st||Permit||2 minutes 41.9 seconds|
|2nd||Older Than Time|
|1st||Once Were Wild||2 minutes 43.4 seconds|
|3rd||C’est Le Guerre|
|1st||Jessicabeel||2 minutes 44.6 seconds|
|2nd||No Wine No Song|
|2 minutes 45.91 seconds|
|1st||No Wine No Song||2 minutes 49.84 seconds|
|1st||No Wine No Song||2 minutes 48.19 seconds|
|1st||Fooram||2 minutes 45.06 seconds|
|1st||Philosophe||2 minutes 51.13 seconds|
|1st||Mummify||2 minutes 47.77 seconds|
|1st||Grey Song||2 minutes 32.44 seconds|
|1st||Henderson Bay||2 minutes 29.79 seconds|
|1st||Steel Phoenix||2 minutes 32.06 seconds|
|1st||Pravda||2 minutes 31.25 seconds|