ATC Chairman’s Handicap

The 2017 ATC Chairman's Handicap is a staying event held during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of 'The Championships - Doncaster Mile Day.

ATC Chairman’s Handicap News

The Championships Day 1 Track Report & Scratchings

The Championships Day 1 Track Report & Scratchings

The Championships are finally here and we are set for outstanding day of racing at Royal Randwick this afternoon, with four Group 1 races the highlight of ten very exciting races.

Winx will be the star attraction in the Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick this afternoon. Photo by: Steve Hart

The Royal Randwick track is currently rated as a soft ...

The 2017 ATC Chairman’s Handicap is a 2600m staying event held at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse on the first Saturday in April as part of the opening day of ‘The Championships’.

Doncaster Mile Day features four Group 1 status races led by the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) as well as a number of Group 2 and 3 status races including the Chairman’s Handicap.

Worth $300,000 in prize money, the Group 2 quality 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 Sydney Cup is run one week later at the same Royal Randwick track and The Offer (2014) was the latest horse to complete the Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup double. In 2016 the Chairman’s Handicap winner Libran went on to run second next-up in the Sydney Cup.

The Chairman’s Handicap 2017 will be run on Saturday April 1.

ATC Chairman’s Handicap
Date: April 1, 2017
Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 2600m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000

2017 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Field

The Chairman’s Handicap field attracts a smart line-up of Sydney Cup-bound stayers and many horses come via an earlier Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival run in a traditional lead-up race like Rosehill’s Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) held a fortnight before.

The official 2017 ATC Chairman’s Handicap field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 29, 2017 and will published in full below.

2017 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Nominations

The ATC Chairman’s Handicap nominations 2017 will be published below as soon as released by Racing NSW on Monday March 27, 2017.

ATC Chairman’s Handicap History

The Chairman’s 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, as did Tremec (2013 & 2015).

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. The race started in 1979 as a Group 3 race and reached its current Group 2 status for the first time in 2002 when Henderson Bay won. It was run over 2600m from 1979 – 1999, but from 2000 – 2003 ran over a shorter distance of 2400m. It has been back up to 2600m since 2004.

See below for the full list of ATC / AJC Chairman’s Handicap results going back to 2000.

Past Chairman’s Handicap Winners





Chairmans Handicap
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Chairmans Handicap
1st Libran 2 minutes 48.13 seconds
2nd Alegria
3rd Café Society
Chairmans Handicap
1st Tremec 2 minutes 49.40 seconds
2nd Sir John Hawkwood
3rd Grand Marshal
Chairmans Handicap
1st The Offer 2 minutes 51.63 seconds
2nd Tremec
3rd Hippopus
Chairmans Handicap
1st Tremec 2 minutes 44.4 seconds
2nd Blood Brotha
3rd Aliyana Tilde
Chairmans Handicap
1st Permit 2 minutes 41.9 seconds
2nd Older Than Time
3rd Nextanix
Chairmans Handicap
1st Once Were Wild 2 minutes 43.4 seconds
2nd Anudjawun
3rd C’est Le Guerre
Chairmans Handicap
1st Jessicabeel 2 minutes 44.6 seconds
2nd No Wine No Song
3rd Harris Tweed
Chairmans Handicap
Divine Rebel
2 minutes 45.91 seconds
2nd Ice Chariot
3rd Common Objective
Chairmans Handicap
1st No Wine No Song 2 minutes 49.84 seconds
2nd Sky Biscuit
3rd Resolution
Chairmans Handicap
1st No Wine No Song 2 minutes 48.19 seconds
2nd Prince Arthur
3rd Magic Instinct
Chairmans Handicap
1st Fooram 2 minutes 45.06 seconds
2nd Three Chimneys
3rd Cross Bar
Chairmans Handicap
1st Philosophe 2 minutes 51.13 seconds
2nd Padfoot Charlie
3rd County Tyrone
Chairmans Handicap
1st Mummify 2 minutes 47.77 seconds
2nd County Tyrone
3rd Saturday Fever
Chairmans Handicap
1st Grey Song 2 minutes 32.44 seconds
2nd Honor Babe
3rd County Tyrone
Chairmans Handicap
1st Henderson Bay 2 minutes 29.79 seconds
2nd Homewrecker
3rd Asia
Chairmans Handicap
1st Steel Phoenix 2 minutes 32.06 seconds
2nd Giovana
3rd Wellington
Chairmans Handicap
1st Pravda 2 minutes 31.25 seconds
2nd Consolidator
3rd Regal Touch