ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2017

Saturday April 1, 2017

Ladbrokes Tip: The Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup double is popular with punters each autumn

The ATC Chairman’s Handicap 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 1, 2017 .

2017 Chairman’s Handicap Results

  • 1st: Big Duke
  • 2nd: Aloft
  • 3rd: Rock On

ATC Chairman’s Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 1, 2017
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2600m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1979

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’.

2017 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Betting

Betting on the Chairman’s Handicap 2017 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, and Libran (2016) was the last galloper to win both races before backing-up with a Sydney Cup second to Gallante.

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.

2017 Chairman’s Handicap Field

The official ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2017 final field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 29, 2017 and will be announced in full below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x1x4211211 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Craig Williams 1 58kg 98
2 170x41x754 KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Zac Purton 9 58kg 98
3 2x1x7x39x1 ALOFT (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 8 56.5kg 95
4 067379×978 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jason Collett 3 56.5kg 95
5 2x9533x324 ALEGRIA John O’Shea Joao Moreira 6 55.5kg 93
6 38x2x20x4x POLARISATION (GB) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 7 55.5kg 88
7 2521341241 ROCK ON (NZ) John Sargent Brenton Avdulla 2 55.5kg 83
8 18×1931236 VANDANCER (NZ) Michael Moroney Tommy Berry 5 55.5kg 83
9 8835332465 SHALMANESER Jason Attard Tim Clark 4 55.5kg 78

2017 Chairman’s Handicap Nominations

On Monday March 27 the 2017 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Nominations attracted 18 early entries led by the Darren Weir-trained Big Duke chasing his third win on the trot after victories in the Launceston Cup and NE Manion Cup. Aloft and Rock On are two other last start winners in good form leading-up to a possible Chairman’s Handicap run on the weekend.

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 Libran (2016) and The Offer (2014) who both completed the double.

The Chairman’s Handicap form often stacks up the following Saturday back at Randwick Racecourse in the classic Sydney Cup. 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.

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.

Tipping the favourite and backing the NE Manion Cup winner are top Chairman’s Stakes betting tips historically speaking.

2017 ATC Chairman’s Handicap Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2017 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).

2017 Chairman’s Handicap Results

The complete ATC Chairman’s Handicap 2017 Results and race finishing order will be available right here once the race is run and won on Saturday April 1, 2017 .

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Craig Williams 1 58kg $2.45F
2 3 ALOFT (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 2L 7 56.5kg $4.40
3 7 ROCK ON (NZ) John Sargent Brenton Avdulla 2.8L 2 55.5kg $8.50
4 5 ALEGRIA John O’Shea Joao Moreira 6.3L 6 55.5kg $5.50
5 2 KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Zac Purton 10.1L 8 58kg $18
6 4 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jason Collett 13.3L 3 56.5kg $26
7 8 VANDANCER (NZ) Michael Moroney Tommy Berry 14.1L 5 55.5kg $16
8 9 SHALMANESER Jason Attard Tim Clark 15.9L 4 55.5kg $51
6 POLARISATION (GB) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 0

Chairman’s Handicap Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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