ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2020

Saturday April 4, 2020

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.

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).

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).

The latest edition of the Chairman’s Handicap ran on Saturday April 4, 2020 and was won by the Kris Lees-trained Raheen House in an upset. 

ATC Chairman’s Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 4, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2600m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1979

2020 Chairman’s Handicap Results

The complete ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2020 Results and race finishing order will be available right here once the race is run and won on Saturday April 4, 2020.

  • 1st: #4 Raheen House
  • 2nd: #5 Carif
  • 3rd: #1 Mirage Dancer

Kris Lees’ import Raheen House won his first race in 911 days with an upset in the Chairman’s Quality 2020 results over the favourite Carif (2nd) ahead of the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) next weekend.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
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

Chairman’s Handicap Odds

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’.

2020 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Betting

Betting on the Chairman’s Handicap 2020 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.

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.

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Libran (2016) won the Chairman’s Handicap before his second in the Sydney Cup next start over the two miles. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

2020 Chairman’s Handicap Field

The official ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2020 final field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Wednesday April 1, 2020 and will be announced in full below.

The 2020 Chairman’s Quality final field attracted 15 stayers with last weekend’s Tancred Stakes fifth placegetter Carif in barrier five on the quick back-up narrow early favourite over fellow four-year-old The Chosen One in gate four.

  • Scratchings: #9 Great Glen (13), #15 Mrs Madrid (3)
# 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 Chairman’s Handicap Nominations

The early Chairman’s Quality 2020 nominations close the Monday leading-up to Doncaster Mile Day and will be available in full below once released.

Last Saturday’s Tancred Stakes runner-up Mustajeer heads the 22 Chairman’s Quality 2020 nominations and weights with 61kg.

# 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
15 878730×425 YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller 15 54kg 53.5kg 100
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
18 9092154×82 GAYATRI M 5 Chris Waller 18 54kg 53kg 91
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

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.

2020 Chairman’s Handicap Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Chairman’s Handicap 2020 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.

2020 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2020 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.

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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Raheen House Carif Mirage Dancer 2:47.8
2019 Gallic Chieftain Shraaoh Semari 2:47.9
2018 Sir Charles Road Ventura Storm Peribsen 2:41.5
2017 Big Duke Aloft Rock On 2:52.4
2016 Real Love Sir John Hawkwood Volkhere 2:00.9
2016 Libran Alegria Cafe Society 2:48.1
2015 Epingle Index Linked Volkhere 2:18.3
2015 Tremec Sir John Hawkwood Grand Marshal 2:49.4
2014 The Offer Tremec Hippopus 2:51.6
2013 Tremec Blood Brotha Aliyana Tilde 2:44.4
2012 Permit Older Than Time Nextanix 2:41.9
2011 Once Were Wild Anudjawun C’est Le Guerre 2:43.4
2010 Jessicabeel No Wine No Song Harris Tweed 2:44.6
2009 Divine Rebel Ice Chariot Common Objective 2:45.9
2008 No Wine No Song Sky Biscuit Resolution 2:49.8
2007 No Wine No Song Prince Arthur Magic Instinct 2:48.1
2006 Fooram Three Chimneys Cross Bar 2:45.0
2005 Philosophe Padfoot Charlie County Tyrone 2:51.1
2004 Mummify County Tyrone Saturday Fever 2:47.7
2003 Grey Song Honor Babe County Tyrone 2:32.4
2002 Henderson Bay Homewrecker Asia 2:29.7
2001 Steel Phoenix Giovana Wellington 2:32.0
2000 Pravda Consolidator Regal Touch 2:31.2