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.

2021 Chairman's Quality Results

  • 1st: #4 Quick Thinker
  • 2nd: #10 Rondinella
  • 3rd: #12 Paths Of Glory



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

The Chairman’s Quality 2021 ran on Saturday April 10, 2020 and was won in an upset by Quick Thinker ($15). 

2021 ATC Chairman’s Handicap
Date: Saturday April 10, 2020
Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 2600m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000

2021 ATC Chairman’s Quality Results

  • 1st: #4 Quick Thinker
  • 2nd: #10 Rondinella
  • 3rd: #12 Paths Of Glory

Quick Thinker ($15) improved on an unplaced NE Manion Cup (8th) run to salute in an upset 2021 Chairman’s Handicap result 12 months on from his ATC Derby success on the same day in 2020.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 8 55kg $15
2 10 RONDINELLA (NZ) John O’Shea Robbie Dolan 0.2L 4 53kg $8
3 12 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 6.2L 13 53kg $8.50
4 11 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Craig Williams 7.7L 3 53kg $7
5 13 FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Poy 8.8L 10 53kg $101
6 6 SACRAMENTO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 9.8L 9 54.5kg $5F
7 5 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 10.8L 12 54.5kg $11
8 1 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 11.9L 7 59kg $11
9 7 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 17.9L 11 54kg $41
10 3 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Andrew Adkins 30.1L 6 56kg $31
11 8 DADOOZDART (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 30.8L 2 54kg $15
12 2 CONCERT HALL (NZ) Roger James & Robert Wellwood Glen Boss 69.7L 5 57kg $12
13 9 COLLIDE (GB) Kris Lees Jason Collett 128L 1 53.5kg $9

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Odds

The season’s latest ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2021 betting odds online provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below for Races.com.au readers complete with market links.

2021 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 2021 Chairman’s Quality Field is set for release on Wednesday April 7, 2021 and will be published in full below.

The Chairman’s Quality 2021 field features 13 eleventh-hour Sydney Cup hopefuls led in betting by the in-form Sacramento (9) coming off a third to the English raider Favorite Moon in the NE Manion Cup.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x74108x930 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 7 59kg 108
2 0x21121x66 CONCERT HALL (NZ) Roger James & Robert Wellwood Glen Boss 5 57kg 108
3 0002860882 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Andrew Adkins 6 56kg 102
4 115x05x758 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 8 55kg 100
5 x32400x654 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 12 54.5kg 99
6 251×311123 SACRAMENTO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 9 54.5kg 99
7 50x000x606 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 11 54kg 94
8 x044x68527 DADOOZDART (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2 54kg 88
9 x1x1736x30 COLLIDE (GB) Kris Lees Jason Collett 1 53.5kg 94
10 695082×805 RONDINELLA (NZ) John O’Shea Robbie Dolan 4 53kg 96
11 x28228x865 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Craig Williams 3 53kg 92
12 011455×778 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 13 53kg 91
13 10383x00x0 FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Poy 10 53kg 76

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Nominations

The ATC Chairman’s Handicap nominations 2021 will be published below as soon as released by Racing NSW on Monday April 5, 2021.

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

2021
Chairmans Handicap
1st Quick Thinker 2 minutes 45.45 seconds
2nd Rondinella
3rd Paths Of Glory
2020
Chairmans Handicap
1st Raheen House 2 minutes 47.85 seconds
2nd Carif
3rd Mirage Dancer
2019
Chairmans Handicap
1st Gallic Chieftain 2 minutes 47.95 seconds
2nd Shraaoh
3rd Semari
2018
Chairmans Handicap
1st Sir Charles Road 2 minutes 41.57 seconds
2nd Ventura Storm
3rd Peribsen
2017
Chairmans Handicap
1st Big Duke 2 minutes 52.49 seconds
2nd Aloft
3rd Rock On
2016
Chairmans Handicap
1st Libran 2 minutes 48.13 seconds
2nd Alegria
3rd Café Society
2015
Chairmans Handicap
1st Tremec 2 minutes 49.40 seconds
2nd Sir John Hawkwood
3rd Grand Marshal
2014
Chairmans Handicap
1st The Offer 2 minutes 51.63 seconds
2nd Tremec
3rd Hippopus
2013
Chairmans Handicap
1st Tremec 2 minutes 44.4 seconds
2nd Blood Brotha
3rd Aliyana Tilde
2012
Chairmans Handicap
1st Permit 2 minutes 41.9 seconds
2nd Older Than Time
3rd Nextanix
2011
Chairmans Handicap
1st Once Were Wild 2 minutes 43.4 seconds
2nd Anudjawun
3rd C’est Le Guerre
2010
Chairmans Handicap
1st Jessicabeel 2 minutes 44.6 seconds
2nd No Wine No Song
3rd Harris Tweed
2009
Chairmans Handicap
1st
Divine Rebel
2 minutes 45.91 seconds
2nd Ice Chariot
3rd Common Objective
2008
Chairmans Handicap
1st No Wine No Song 2 minutes 49.84 seconds
2nd Sky Biscuit
3rd Resolution
2007
Chairmans Handicap
1st No Wine No Song 2 minutes 48.19 seconds
2nd Prince Arthur
3rd Magic Instinct
2006
Chairmans Handicap
1st Fooram 2 minutes 45.06 seconds
2nd Three Chimneys
3rd Cross Bar
2005
Chairmans Handicap
1st Philosophe 2 minutes 51.13 seconds
2nd Padfoot Charlie
3rd County Tyrone
2004
Chairmans Handicap
1st Mummify 2 minutes 47.77 seconds
2nd County Tyrone
3rd Saturday Fever
2003
Chairmans Handicap
1st Grey Song 2 minutes 32.44 seconds
2nd Honor Babe
3rd County Tyrone
2002
Chairmans Handicap
1st Henderson Bay 2 minutes 29.79 seconds
2nd Homewrecker
3rd Asia
2001
Chairmans Handicap
1st Steel Phoenix 2 minutes 32.06 seconds
2nd Giovana
3rd Wellington
2000
Chairmans Handicap
1st Pravda 2 minutes 31.25 seconds
2nd Consolidator
3rd Regal Touch

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