Ladbrokes Tip: The Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup double is popular with punters each autumn
The ATC Chairman’s Handicap – or Chairman’s Quality – is a Group 2 status race for stayers held on Day 1 of Sydney’s ‘The Championships’ on the first Saturday in April* at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
*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.
One of the major Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival meetings, Doncaster Mile Day is headlined by four Group 1 races plus the Chairman’s Handicap contested over 2600m. The highlights on the card that the Chairman’s Handicap supports are the: Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m), Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m), Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) and the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
There are also a host of Group 3 support acts on the card including the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) for three-year-old fillies.
Offering a lucrative $300,000 in total prize money and open to horses aged three-years-old and above, the Chairman’s Handicap is a set weights clash and is a traditional lead-up to the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) back at Randwick the following Saturday.
Plenty of Sydney Cup winners and placegetters have come out of the Chairman’s Handicap in recent years with the last to complete the double being The Offer (2014). Other recent Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup double winners include Jessicabeel (2010), No Wine No Song (2008) and Henderson Bay (2002).
More recently in 2020 the Chairman’s winner Raheen House ran a next-up third in the Sydney Cup results, while in 2021 the Chairman’s Quality form was franked with the runner-up Rondinella going on to finish second in that year’s Sydney Cup quinella.
The latest edition of the Chairman’s Handicap ran on Saturday April 2, 2022 and saw the Michael Moroney-trained mare Nerve Not Verve post a notable upset at 25/1.
ATC Chairman’s Handicap Race Info
- Date: Saturday April 2, 2022
- Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
- Distance: 2600m
- Conditions: Quality Handicap
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $300,000
- First Run: 1979
2022 Chairman’s Handicap Results
The complete ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2022 Results and race finishing order will be available right here once the race is run and won on Saturday April 2, 2022.
- 1st: #7 Nerve Not Verve
- 2nd: #5 Knights Order
- 3rd: #11 Luncies
Michael Moroney’s six-year-old daughter of Shocking, Nerve Not Verve ($26), improved on a lead-up second in the Epona Stakes to push past the front-running Knights Order the closing stages to post an upset in the 2022 Chairman’s Handicap results. The mare is not nominated for next weekend’s Sydney Cup.
Chairman’s Handicap Betting
Chairman’s Handicap betting markets favour proven stayers with form in Sydney over at least 2400m. Gallopers with winning form up or over the mile and a half have a top record stepping up to the 2600m of the Chairman’s Handicap, and the odds favour the best runners coming out of the NE Manion Cup the month before.
The Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup betting double is also popular each Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, and the results of the former can impact the odds on the latter during ‘The Championships’.
There was an upset result in 2022 with Nerve Not Verve winning the Chairman’s at $26 odds.
2022 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Odds
Betting on the Chairman’s Handicap 2022 and odds for the Sydney Cup lead-up will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned for markets on the staying showdown.
Early market betting odds on the 2022 Chairman's Handicap will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.
Chairman’s Handicap Field
The Chairman’s Handicap field attracts proven stayers that are looking for the Sydney Cup ballot exemption on offer to the winner in the next Saturday’s iconic two mile clash.
The key lead-up for Chairman’s Handicap horses is Rosehill’s Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) run the previous month over the mile and a half.
In recent years, Libran (2016) won both races before backing-up with a Sydney Cup second to Gallante while Big Duke (2017) also completed the NE Manion – Chairman’s Quality double the following year ahead of his third in the Sydney Cup results.
ATC Chairman’s Handicap nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final field and barriers released on the Wednesday.
Libran (2016) won the Chairman’s Handicap before his second in the Sydney Cup next start over the two miles. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.
2022 Chairman’s Handicap Field
The official ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2022 final field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 30, 2022 and will be announced in full below.
2022 Chairman’s Quality Scratchings:
- #1 Stockman (10)
- #10 Future Score (17)
- #12 Chalk Stream (1)
- #15 Le Baol (16)
2022 Chairman’s Handicap Nominations
The early Chairman’s Quality 2022 nominations close the Monday leading-up to Doncaster Mile Day and will be available in full below once released.
||Richard & Michael Freedman
||CHALK STREAM (GB)
||DESERT ICON (FR)
||FEEL THE RUSH (NZ)
||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
||FOREVER YOU (IRE)
||FUTURE SCORE (IRE)
||GREAT HOUSE (IRE)
||KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE)
||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
||LE BAOL (FR)
||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
||NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ)
||NO COMPROMISE (NZ)
||SAVVY VALENTINO (NZ)
||SOUTH PACIFIC (GB)
||SURPRISE BABY (NZ)
||SWEET THOMAS (GER)
||TRUE MARVEL (FR)
||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Chairman’s Handicap Form Guide
The Chairman’s Handicap form guide details all the crucial info punters need before placing a bet like saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs.
Looking for horses that come off a run in the NE Manion Cup on the form guide is important as that Rosehill lead-up has provided lots of Chairman’s Handicap winners in recent years including Big Duke (2017), Libran (2016) and The Offer (2014) who all completed the double.
The Chairman’s Handicap form often stacks up the following Saturday back at Randwick Racecourse in the classic Sydney Cup. Both the 2017 (Big Duke) and 2018 (Sir Charles Road) Chairman’s Handicap winners ran third in the Sydney Cup next start.
In 2016 Libran backed up from a Chairman’s Handicap win to run second in the Sydney Cup, while The Offer (2014) completed the Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup double. Jessicabeel (2010) also won the Sydney Cup after success in the Chairman’s the run before.
2022 Chairman’s Handicap Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Chairman’s Handicap 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.
Chairman’s Handicap Tips
Chairman’s Handicap tips favour horses with proven staying ability, previous form at Randwick and those that ran well in a lead-up race like the NE Manion Cup.
Favourites have a solid record in the race, with recent top fancies saluting for the punters being Libran (2016) and The Offer (2014) who both jumped at around $2 in the Chairman’s Handicap odds.
Big Duke ($2.45 in 2017) was the last favourite in Chairman’s Handicap betting to salute for the punters.
Tipping the favourite and backing the NE Manion Cup winner are top Chairman’s Stakes betting tips historically speaking.
2022 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2022 best bets will be detailed below before the race takes place on the first Saturday of April so bookmark this page for the stayers to back and sack this autumn.
- To Win: #1 Stockman ($8 at time of publish)
Joe Pride’s Tavistock five-year-old has the right form lines to win this in the wet even with the 59kg top-weight. He’s the best horse on Heavy going in this field (7:4-2-0) and gets conditions to suit. Won the Group 3 Sky High two back before a strong second to the brilliant winner Duais in the rescheduled Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Newcastle on Monday carrying this weight. He was at big odds there and value again in this easier assignment with an extra furlong to run.
Chairman’s Handicap Results
Proven Sydney stayers coming out of the NE Manion at Rosehill sitting in the top half of betting have dominated the Chairman’s Handicap results in recent years.
Chairman’s Handicap winners of note from the past decade include Libran (2016), The Offer (2014), Jessicabeel (2010) and No Wine No Song (2007-08).
Chairman’s Handicap Winners
||Nerve Not Verve
||Paths Of Glory
||Sir Charles Road
||Sir John Hawkwood
||Sir John Hawkwood
||Older Than Time
||Once Were Wild
||C’est Le Guerre
||No Wine No Song
||No Wine No Song
||No Wine No Song