Carif Narrow Favourite in Chairman’s Quality 2020 Betting

April 2, 2020

Carif Narrow Favourite in Chairman’s Quality 2020 Betting

A final chance at a Sydney Cup run is on the line for the gallopers in Saturday’s 2020 Chairman’s Quality with Team Snowden’s four-year-old stayer Carif on the quick back-up leading betting on the Royal Randwick showdown.

A key support act on Day 1 of The Championships, this season’s Group 2 $300,000 Schweppes Chairman’s Quality (2600m) has attracted a 15-horse field.

The race serves as a potential lead-up into Saturday week’s Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) back at the track over the two miles, a double last completed by The Offer (2014).

Two horses are currently battling for favouritism in Chairman’s Quality betting at Ladbrokes.com.au with Carif the narrow $5 top elect over the Kiwi stayer The Chosen One ($5.50).

Drawn gate five with Tim Clark continuing associations, So You Think four-year-old Carif is on the short turnaround after his fifth to Verry Elleegant in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) last Saturday.

He drops notably in weight from 58.5kg to 55.5kg bringing him right back into winning contention, while the extra distance also suits as he ran second behind True Self last November in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) in Melbourne.

Hot on Carif’s heels in betting, The Chosen One is prepared across the Tasman by Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman and jumps from barrier four with James McDonald in the saddle.

A four-year-old son of Savabeel, the entire also ran fifth last start when only two lengths off the winner Young Rascal in the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) at Rosehill.

Melbourne Cup performed when 17th from a wide barrier 18 in the ‘race that stops a nation’ last November, The Chosen One chases his first win since taking out Caulfield’s Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes last October.

It is a wide-open affair in Chairman’s Quality betting this season with a further five horses under double-figures for the win including the 59kg topweight Mirage Dancer ($7.50) and Chris Waller’s well-weighted mare Youngstar ($7.50).

Mirage Dancer has New Zealander Opie Bosson in the saddle on Saturday, the well-bred Frankel six-year-old another Tancred Stakes graduate having run fourth last weekend.

Sixth prior to that in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington, the genuine stayer was 14th in the Melbourne Cup results last spring only 4.3 lengths off the winner Vow And Declare on the back of a Caulfield Cup third.

He presents fit this weekend and looks well-suited to the distance dropping down in grade, but does give notable weight away to his rivals.

Youngstar meanwhile carries just 53.5kg from gate eight with Kerrin McEvoy sticking with the five-year-old High Chaparral mare.

Third in the $500,000 St Leger (2600m) at this track and distance before finishing 20th in the Melbourne Cup, Youngstar was last seen running fifth in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on Slipper Day.

That form was franked by her second-placed stablemate Verry Elleegant when she won the Tancred, so there are plenty of boxes ticked by Youngstar in the Chairman’s with her advantageous weight.

The other runners at the shortest Chairman’s Quality odds in 2020 are Hugh Bowman’s mount Raheen House ($8.50) for Kris Lees, another of Waller’s runners with Pierro mare Gayatri ($9) coming off a Group 3 Epona Stakes second and the rails-drawn Gallic Chieftain ($9.50).

Click here for the latest Chairman’s Quality Handicap 2020 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Chairman’s Quality Field & Barriers

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 22x30x0364 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Opie Bosson 14 59kg 107
2 591950×385 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman James McDonald 4 57kg 103
3 x042874x97 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Jason Collett 1 56.5kg 102
4 4x23960x66 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 7 56kg 101
5 015222×035 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 5 55.5kg 100
6 850x23x789 YOGI (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Nash Rawiller 12 55kg (prob. wgt. 56kg) 99
7 65800×8957 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Glen Boss 10 54.5kg 98
8 0077×45697 ALL TOO SOON David Payne Glyn Schofield 11 54kg 77
9 x169412934 GREAT GLEN (GB) Todd Smart Robbie Dolan (a) 13 54kg 70
10 437x47Px96 FAIRLIGHT (IRE) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 2 54kg 69
11 878730×425 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 8 53.5kg 100
12 9092154×82 GAYATRI Chris Waller Tommy Berry 9 53kg 91
13 x801033844 HOUSE OF CARTIER John Sargent Ms Rachel King 15 53kg 85
14 34x1x24144 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Jay Ford 6 53kg 84
15 64x8146x09 MRS MADRID Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 3 53kg 71

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