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The 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.
2020 Chairman's Quality Results
- 1st: #4 Raheen House
- 2nd: #5 Carif
- 3rd: #1 Mirage Dancer
ATC Chairman’s Handicap News
- Sydney Cup Back-Up for Chairman’s Winner Raheen House
- The Championships Day 1: Doncaster Mile Day Scratchings & Track Report
- Carif Narrow Favourite in Chairman’s Quality 2020 Betting
- Caloundra Cup for Upset Chairman’s Handicap Winner Anton En Avant
- Sydney Cup 2018 Next Race for Chairman’s Winner Sir Charles Road
The 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 Group 1 $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) as well as a number of Group 2 and 3 status races including the Chairman’s Handicap, also known as the Chairman’s Quality.
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 when becoming the eighth 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, while in 2017 Big Duke won the Chairman’s before a third in the Sydney Cup. More recently, the 2019 Sydney Cup winner Shraaoh improved on a lead-up Chairman’s Quality second before taking out the two mile classic.
The Chairman’s Quality 2020 ran on Saturday April 4, 2020 and was won by Kris Lees’ Sydney Cup-bound import Raheen House.
|2020 ATC Chairman’s Handicap|
|Date:||Saturday April 4, 2020|
|Track:||Randwick Racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
2020 ATC Chairman’s Quality Results
- 1st: #4 Raheen House
- 2nd: #5 Carif
- 3rd: #1 Mirage Dancer
Jockey Hugh Bowman gave the Kris Lees-trained import Raheen House ($17) a well-timed ride to improve from a midfield position on the straight with a charging late win in the Chairman’s Quality 2020 results. Raheen House broke a 911 day winning drought to salute and earn his spot in Saturday week’s Group 1 Sydney Cup field over the two miles after beaten the Chairman’s favourite Carif ($5) by 1.3 lengths.
Click here to read more on the Chairman’s Quality 2020 win by Raheen House.
|1||4||RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE)||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||–||6||56kg||$17|
|2||5||CARIF||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tim Clark||1.3L||4||55.5kg||$5F|
|3||1||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Opie Bosson||1.7L||12||59kg||$15|
|4||3||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Archie Alexander||Jason Collett||2.4L||1||56.5kg||$9|
|5||7||ANGEL OF TRUTH||Gwenda Markwell||Glen Boss||3.3L||9||54.5kg||$7|
|6||6||YOGI (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Nash Rawiller||3.5L||11||55kg (cd 56kg)||$26|
|7||2||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||James McDonald||3.7L||3||57kg||$10|
|8||14||THINK IT OVER||Kerry Parker||Jay Ford||6.5L||5||53kg||$13|
|9||13||HOUSE OF CARTIER||John Sargent||Ms Rachel King||6.8L||13||53kg||$10|
|10||11||YOUNGSTAR||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||6.9L||7||53.5kg||$7|
|11||12||GAYATRI||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||12L||8||53kg||$8|
|12||8||ALL TOO SOON||David Payne||Glyn Schofield||21.6L||10||54kg||$151|
|13||10||FAIRLIGHT (IRE)||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||22.4L||2||54kg||$61|
|–||15||MRS MADRID||Anthony Cummings||Jean Van Overmeire (a)||–||0||–||–|
|–||9||GREAT GLEN (GB)||Todd Smart||Robbie Dolan (a)||–||0||–||–|
2020 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Odds
The season’s latest ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2020 betting odds online provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below for Races.com.au readers complete with market links.
2020 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 2020 Chairman’s Quality Field is set for release on Wednesday April 1, 2020 and will be published in full below.
The Chairman’s Quality Handicap 2020 final field features 15 stayers with Peter & Paul Snowden’s So You Think four-year-old Carif, coming off a fifth in last Saturday’s Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m), leading the markets.
Click here to read more on the wide-open 2020 Chairman’s Quality field and odds.
Update: The 2020 Chairman’s Handicap field is down to 13 starters following the scratching of #9 Great Glen (13) and #15 Mrs Madrid (3)
Full Doncaster Mile Day Scratchings available here.
|#||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|
2020 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Nominations
The ATC Chairman’s Handicap nominations 2020 will be published below as soon as released by Racing NSW on Monday March 30, 2020.
The 2020 Chairman’s Quality nominations attracted 22 potential Sydney Cup gallopers with the Kris Lees-trained Mustajeer (61kg) allocated top weight on the back of his lead-up second in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) last Saturday.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||True Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||235160×122||MUSTAJEER (GB)||G||7||Kris Lees||1||61kg||61kg||113|
|2||591950×385||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)||H||4||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||2||57kg||57kg||103|
|3||x042874x97||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||H||7||Archie Alexander||3=||56.5kg||56.5kg||102|
|4||621816×700||HUSH WRITER (JPN)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||3=||56.5kg||56.5kg||102|
|5||4x23960x66||RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE)||G||6||Kris Lees||5||56kg||56kg||101|
|6||015222×035||CARIF||H||4||Peter & Paul Snowden||6||55.5kg||55.5kg||100|
|7||850x23x789||YOGI (NZ)||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||7||55kg||55kg||99|
|8||65800×8957||ANGEL OF TRUTH||G||4||Gwenda Markwell||8||54.5kg||54.5kg||98|
|9||4554x057x5||SAUNTER BOY (FR)||G||7||Kris Lees||9||54kg||53kg||89|
|10||143276×507||ATTENTION RUN (GER)||M||5||Kris Lees||10||54kg||53kg||87|
|11||64x8146x09||MRS MADRID||M||4||Anthony Cummings||11||54kg||53kg||71|
|12||437x47Px96||FAIRLIGHT (IRE)||G||5||Kris Lees||12||54kg||53kg||69|
|13||51385×6414||LOVES TO ROCK (NZ)||M||4||Anthony Cummings||13||54kg||53kg||60|
|14||22x30x0364||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||H||6||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||14||59kg||59kg||107|
|16||71108×7212||INVERLOCH (IRE)||G||6||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||16||54.5kg||54.5kg||98|
|17||400×673111||SALSAMOR (NZ)||G||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||17||54kg||53kg||93|
|19||x801033844||HOUSE OF CARTIER||M||4||John Sargent||19||54kg||53kg||85|
|20||34x1x24144||THINK IT OVER||G||4||Kerry Parker||20||54kg||53kg||84|
|21||0077×45697||ALL TOO SOON||M||5||David Payne||21||54kg||53kg||77|
|22||3×16941293||GREAT GLEN (GB)||G||8||Todd Smart||22||54kg||53kg||70|
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 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
|1st||Raheen House||2 minutes 47.85 seconds|
|1st||Gallic Chieftain||2 minutes 47.95 seconds|
|1st||Sir Charles Road||2 minutes 41.57 seconds|
|1st||Big Duke||2 minutes 52.49 seconds|
|1st||Libran||2 minutes 48.13 seconds|
|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|