2011 Chairman’s Handicap Field’s 17 Starters

April 6th, 2011

The Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap will fall just short of maximum capacity when 17 horses line up in the $175,000 event.

At 2600m it’s the longest race of the day and it’s managed to attract a good quality field of stayers.

John P Thompson has accepted for all three of his nominations and has an interesting mix of underperforming siblings and an up and coming improver.

Both Count Encosta and Saint Encosta are from the champion sire Encosta De Lago

Count Encosta especially came onto the scene with some impressive results but they both haven’t really kicked on to that next level.

Saint Encosta has been the better performing horse of late winning at Warwick Farm two starts back.

Their stable mate Galizani has vastly less experience but has already claimed three race victories, including last start at Rosehill Gardens.

The top rated runner belongs to Lee Freedman but Speed Gifted will have to do it from gate 17 with the 58kg top weight.

He’s coming off a third in the Albury Cup but hasn’t won a race since getting up on this track in March 2009.

Other big names in the field include Gai Waterhouse’s AJC Oaks winning Once Were Wild and Michael Rodd’s Melbourne Cup starter C’est La Guerre.

The runner with the best form leading into the race also comes from the Waterhouse stable in Older Than Time.

The mare has won all four of her races this preparation and is steadily working her way up in class.

With 17 starters it’s vital you come back tomorrow to check out the full form guide which will be posted including every horse in the race.

Later in the week a full tipping guide with the latest Luxbet.com odds will also be available.

2011 Chairman’s Handicap Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 X030X80X03 SPEED GIFTED (GB) Lee Freedman Hugh Bowman 17 58kg 106
2 X05160X005 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott Michael Rodd 6 57.5kg 105
3 280830X409 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 3 56kg 106
4 9723181912 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie Corey Brown 11 56kg 102
5 25X2413880 TINSELTOWN (NZ) Michael Moroney Glyn Schofield 8 55.5kg 101
6 16287X4818 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 15 52.5kg 95
7 1X52272567 STRIKE ONE (GB) Chris Waller 16 52.5kg 95
8 12224X1111 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse Glen Boss 14 52kg 97
9 X808X95260 MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ) Joseph Pride Nathan Berry (a0) 13 52kg 94
10 74657X8778 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 4 52kg 90
11 21130X641 GALIZANI John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 7 52kg 89
12 00230X7578 MISS DARCEY Anthony Cummings Rod Quinn 10 52kg 88
13 1X7441X843 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller 12 52kg 88
14 X320X03232 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer Craig Williams 5 52kg 78
15 3113X47816 SANDBERG Guy Walter Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 52kg 76
16 713X203533 THE PATRIOT Luke Price 9 52kg 68
17 7X62241451 CYBER CRIME Guy Walter Christian Reith 2 52kg 64