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Chairman's Handicap

Winners and Past Results for the Chairman's Handicap

Chairman's Handicap

The Chairmans Handicap hosted by the Brisbane Racing Club is an open handicap race for horses three year old and upwards during the winter racing carnival.

The quality handicap is held at the Doomben Racetrack in Brisbane in May on the same day of the first Group 1 event of the season, the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup.

Quality gallopers compete over a distance of 2000 meters in the BRC Chairmans Handicap for prize money worth $115,000. The race attracts a classy field of middle distance runners which are usually local stayers.

Among the quality horses to win the Chairmans Handicap include Society Beau in 2002, So Assertive in 2004, Mandela in 2007, Ballack in 2009, and Crossthestart in 2010.

The first Chairmans Handicap held in 1978 was a principal race won by Proficient. It became a listed race in 1980 and was elevated to Group 3 in 1995 with Arobrea recorded as the first winner as a Group 3 event.

Among the other famous gallopers to lift the Handicap include Crawford in 1985, Majestic Boy in 1991, Juggler in 1996, and Kazakh Belle in 2000.

The Group 2 Hollindale Stakes, held at the Gold Coast Racecourse earlier in the carnival is one of the important events leading up to the Chairmans Handicap. Top stayers in the Handicap set their eyes on the Group 3 Premier's Cup at Doomben later in the carnival and the prestigious Brisbane Cup. The Tails Quality Handicap held at Eagle Farm Racecourse is also serves as a form guide for the Chairmans Handicap. Humma, winner of the 2011 edition, ran fifth in the Tails Quality before beating Viking Hero in a nail biting finish in the Chairmans Handicap. Earlier, he also won a Listed race, the Toowoomba Cup in March.

The Chairmans Handicap attracts a varied quality of talent every year. Local horses seem to dominate but a number of interstate runners are proving their mettle over the years. The Doomben track provides runners in the event with a straight run before the first turn, where horses along the inside barriers usually have a slight advantage.

Crossthestart, the 2010 winner of the Chairmans Handicap went on to win the Brisbane Cup with jockey Chris Munce in the saddle once again. Unfortunately, a bowed tendon kept him out of the 2010 Melbourne spring carnival and a shot at the Caulfield Cup.

2014 Chairman's Handicap

Pretty Pins started from a wide gate but jockey Ryan Wiggins was able to get the mare onto the fence as the field left the straight. Brave Ali led the field into the middle stages of the race with favourite Danchai a few places back and looking well placed to gather in the leaders. Pretty Pins stuck to the fence and although she had some horses in front of her as they rounded the turn a gap soon opened up and she surged along the fence. Danchai was also finishing well but Pretty Pins was too strong, winning by two lengths over the favourite, with Brave Ali hanging on for third.

Chairman's Handicap result

1. Pretty Pins
2. Danchai
3. Brave Ali

Then came:

4. Lauren Tate
5. Heartfelt Quest
6. Zennista
7. Perfect Start
8. Raeburn
9. Poste Restante
10. Carmora
11. Arctic
12. Eight's A Party
13. Maling

Year Chairmans Handicap Winners
2014 Pretty Pins
2013 Quintessential
2012 Hume
2011 Humma
2010 Crossthestart
2009 Ballack
2008 Fulmont
2007 Mandela
2006 Art Success
2005 Zingam
2004 So Assertive
2003 Another Warrior
2002 Society Beau
2001 not held
2000 Kazakh Belle
1999 Cronus
1998 Yacquina Bay
1997 Iron Horse
1996 Juggler
1995 Arborea
1994 Salcantay
1993 Silk Ali
1992 Full Suit
1991 Majestic Boy
1990 Sir Nova
1989 Miss Fleet
1988 Cool Report
1987 Greatness
1986 Noble Son
1986 Restoration
1985 Crawford
1985 Bucking Rip
1984 I Will
1983 Lord Seaman
1982 Astrolin
1981 Pelican Point
1980 Lowan Star
1979 Brazen Gambler
1978 Proficient

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