ATC Chairman’s Handicap

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.

2022 Chairman's Quality Results

  • 1st: #7 Nerve Not Verve
  • 2nd: #5 Knights Order
  • 3rd: #11 Luncies



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’.

*In 2021 the Chairman’s Handicap ran on the second Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.

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 Chairman’s 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 following year, the 2020 Chairman’s winner Raheen House backed-up and finished a brave third in the Sydney Cup trifecta.

The 2021 Chairman’s Quality form was franked with the runner-up Rondinella going on to finish second in that year’s Sydney Cup quinella.

The Chairman’s Quality 2022 ran on Saturday April 2, 2022 and was won in an upset by the Michael Moroney-trained Nerve Not Verve ($26). 

2022 ATC Chairman’s Handicap
Date: Saturday April 2, 2022
Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 2600m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000

2022 ATC Chairman’s Quality Results

  • 1st: #7 Nerve Not Verve ($26)
  • 2nd: #5 Knights Order
  • 3rd: #11 Luncies

The Michael Moroney-trained Shocking mare Nerve Not Verve ($26) was gutsy late in the 2022 Chairman’s Quality results, moving up to fight it out the closing stages with the pacemaker Knights Order before pushing past to post a narrow upset ahead of a field of Sydney Cup hopefuls.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ) Michael Moroney Regan Bayliss 7 54kg $26
2 5 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0.31L 10 55.5kg $7
3 11 LUNCIES (GB) Kris Lees Robbie Dolan 3.54L 15 53kg $8
4 13 ALAKAHAN (IRE) Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Williams 4.2L 13 53kg $17
5 19 FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 4.32L 14 53kg $31
6 4 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker James McDonald 6.36L 16 55.5kg $5
7 6 ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 6.75L 3 54.5kg $4.80F
8 2 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 6.93L 1 57.5kg $6
9 17 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Jay Ford 7.27L 8 53kg $101
10 14 KAAPFEVER (NZ) Joseph Pride Tyler Schiller (a) 8.72L 11 53kg $41
11 3 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Gavin Bedggood Nash Rawiller 11.91L 2 56.5kg $8
12 18 TRUE MARVEL (FR) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 11.93L 5 53kg $151
13 8 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) Richard Litt Teodore Nugent (a) 14.77L 9 54kg $151
14 20 OLYMPIC GAZE Paul Perry Jean Van Overmeire 15.99L 12 53kg $201
15 9 AVION FURY Ian Finn Tom Sherry (a) 17.72L 4 54kg $151
16 16 SAVVY VALENTINO (NZ) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 29.88L 6 53kg $51
1 STOCKMAN (NZ) Joseph Pride Ms Alysha Collett 0
10 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Brock Ryan 0
12 CHALK STREAM (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 0
15 LE BAOL (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Betting Odds

The season’s latest ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2022 betting odds online provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below for Races.com.au readers complete with market links.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with Nerve Not Verve winning the event at Chairman’s Quality odds of $26!

2022 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 2022 Chairman’s Quality Field is set for release on Wednesday March 30, 2022 and will be published in full below.

A bumper line-up of Sydney Cup-bound stayers faces off in the Chairman’s Quality 2022 final field in the wet at Randwick this weekend including the Chris Waller-trained Chalk Stream coming off a Queen’s (NE Manion) Cup third and the French-bred Zeyrek who ran fourth in the same lead-up for Team Hawkes.

2022 Chairman’s Quality Scratchings: 

  • #1 Stockman (10)
  • #10 Future Score (17)
  • #12 Chalk Stream (1)
  • #15 Le Baol (16)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x0244x012 STOCKMAN (NZ) Joseph Pride Ms Alysha Collett 10 59kg 107
2 7515510×43 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 57.5kg 104
3 5x290x9x47 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Gavin Bedggood Nash Rawiller 3 56.5kg 102
4 71970×0208 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker James McDonald 20 55.5kg 104
5 1x90970x35 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 12 55.5kg 100
6 5x6443x414 ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 4 54.5kg 98
7 836×722512 NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ) Michael Moroney Regan Bayliss 8 54kg 88
8 176×676340 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) Richard Litt Teodore Nugent (a) 11 54kg 85
9 510x4899x2 AVION FURY Ian Finn Tom Sherry (a) 5 54kg 67
10 x08673x533 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Brock Ryan 17 53kg 93
11 x57482x529 LUNCIES (GB) Kris Lees Robbie Dolan 19 53kg 93
12 1241112×73 CHALK STREAM (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 1 53kg 90
13 2110x07x64 ALAKAHAN (IRE) Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Williams 15 53kg 88
14 7×77973187 KAAPFEVER (NZ) Joseph Pride Tyler Schiller (a) 13 53kg 88
15 0x10x8x835 LE BAOL (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 16 53kg 87
16 611529×876 SAVVY VALENTINO (NZ) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 7 53kg 86
17 260043×000 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Jay Ford 9 53kg 86
18 411612×070 TRUE MARVEL (FR) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 6 53kg 82
19 x053840x53 FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 18 53kg 76
20 68042×7038 OLYMPIC GAZE Paul Perry Jean Van Overmeire 14 53kg 66

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Nominations

The ATC Chairman’s Handicap nominations 2022 will be published below as soon as released by Racing NSW on Monday March 28, 2022.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 2110x07x64 ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 88
2 510x4899x2 AVION FURY G 5 Ian Finn 67
3 1241112×73 CHALK STREAM (GB) G 4 Chris Waller 90
4 793×632125 DESERT ICON (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 93
5 31x2753x35 EMISSARY (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 90
6 x053840x53 FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 76
7 531141 FOREVER YOU (IRE) M 4 Annabel Neasham 72
8 x08673x533 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 93
9 7515510×43 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 104
10 7×77973187 KAAPFEVER (NZ) G 7 Joseph Pride 88
11 1x90970x35 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 100
12 0x10x8x835 LE BAOL (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 87
13 x57482x529 LUNCIES (GB) G 5 Kris Lees 93
14 4112121716 MIGHTYBEEL (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 100
15 836×722512 NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ) M 6 Michael Moroney 88
16 1636×33251 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 97
17 68042×7038 OLYMPIC GAZE G 4 Paul Perry 66
18 611529×876 SAVVY VALENTINO (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker 86
19 x3321x0x64 SHERAZ (FR) G 5 Chris Waller 99
20 371970×020 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 106
21 176×676340 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) G 6 Richard Litt 85
22 11x0244x01 STOCKMAN (NZ) G 5 Joseph Pride 106
23 91x211x12 SUREFIRE (GB) G 4 Chris Waller 92
24 5x290x9x47 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 7 Gavin Bedggood 102
25 260043×000 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 10 Matthew Smith 86
26 01091811×8 TORRENS H 5 Marc Chevalier 98
27 411612×070 TRUE MARVEL (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith 82
28 5x6443x414 ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 98

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2022
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Nerve Not Verve 2 minutes 51.96 seconds
2nd Knights Order
3rd Luncies
2021
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Quick Thinker 2 minutes 45.45 seconds
2nd Rondinella
3rd Paths Of Glory
2020
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Raheen House 2 minutes 47.85 seconds
2nd Carif
3rd Mirage Dancer
2019
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Gallic Chieftain 2 minutes 47.95 seconds
2nd Shraaoh
3rd Semari
2018
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Sir Charles Road 2 minutes 41.57 seconds
2nd Ventura Storm
3rd Peribsen
2017
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Big Duke 2 minutes 52.49 seconds
2nd Aloft
3rd Rock On
2016
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Libran 2 minutes 48.13 seconds
2nd Alegria
3rd Café Society
2015
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Tremec 2 minutes 49.40 seconds
2nd Sir John Hawkwood
3rd Grand Marshal
2014
Chairman’s Handicap
1st The Offer 2 minutes 51.63 seconds
2nd Tremec
3rd Hippopus
2013
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Tremec 2 minutes 44.4 seconds
2nd Blood Brotha
3rd Aliyana Tilde
2012
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Permit 2 minutes 41.9 seconds
2nd Older Than Time
3rd Nextanix
2011
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Once Were Wild 2 minutes 43.4 seconds
2nd Anudjawun
3rd C’est Le Guerre
2010
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Jessicabeel 2 minutes 44.6 seconds
2nd No Wine No Song
3rd Harris Tweed
2009
Chairman’s Handicap
1st
Divine Rebel
2 minutes 45.91 seconds
2nd Ice Chariot
3rd Common Objective
2008
Chairman’s Handicap
1st No Wine No Song 2 minutes 49.84 seconds
2nd Sky Biscuit
3rd Resolution
2007
Chairman’s Handicap
1st No Wine No Song 2 minutes 48.19 seconds
2nd Prince Arthur
3rd Magic Instinct
2006
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Fooram 2 minutes 45.06 seconds
2nd Three Chimneys
3rd Cross Bar
2005
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Philosophe 2 minutes 51.13 seconds
2nd Padfoot Charlie
3rd County Tyrone
2004
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Mummify 2 minutes 47.77 seconds
2nd County Tyrone
3rd Saturday Fever
2003
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Grey Song 2 minutes 32.44 seconds
2nd Honor Babe
3rd County Tyrone
2002
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Henderson Bay 2 minutes 29.79 seconds
2nd Homewrecker
3rd Asia
2001
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Steel Phoenix 2 minutes 32.06 seconds
2nd Giovana
3rd Wellington
2000
Chairman’s Handicap
1st Pravda 2 minutes 31.25 seconds
2nd Consolidator
3rd Regal Touch

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