On Saturday as part of the excitement of Racefest at Doomben Racecourse, 16 top gallopers will take to the track in the $100,000 Gelzinnis Family Chairman’s Handicap (2020m).
Some quality talent will line up in the 2010 Chairman’s Handicap including Tabulate who is still pre-race favourite despite drawing wide with barrier 14.
Tabulate is still the favourite despite drawing wide with barrier 14
The Robert Heathcote-trained Honours List gelding is coming off a succession of excellent wins, including their last start victory in the Listed Tails Stakes (2150m) at Eagle Farm.
Seeking revenge on the favourite will be Encosta Tszyu, the Brian Smith-trained local hopeful who has run second to Tabulate three times in the past two months. Encosta Tszyu has drawn mid-field in barrier eight for Saturday.
Aside from Tabulate, a number of the other top chances have also drawn wide and drifted slightly in the betting.
Sydney-based raider Dandaad, trained by the legendary Bart Cummings, has drawn barrier 13; the Rodney Douglas-trained Larry’s Never Late, who took out the Group 3 AAMI Launceston Cup (2400m) two starts back, has drawn barrier 16; and improving five-year-old Crossthestart has fared even worse with barrier 17.
Meanwhile the second favourite with the bookies following the barrier draw is The Embassy, who is drawn ideally in barrier one.
The Chris Waller-trained four-year-old is coming off a gallant fourth in the Lord Mayors Cup, obviously enjoying the step back in distance from the 2600m of the AJC Chairman’s Handicap where they finished dead last at Randwick in April.
The feature race of the day, and the first Group 1 event of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, is the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) while more great action can be found in the $125, 000 Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m).
2010 Chairman’s Handicap Final Field & Barriers
GALLIONS REACH (NZ)
|Richard Yuill||Sam Spratt||11||58|
LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ)
|Rodney Douglas||Shane Scriven||16||56|
|Steven O’dea||Ryan Wiggins||7||55.5|
|Bevan & Richard Laming||Chris Munce||17||55|
|Robert Heathcote||Jim Byrne||14||55|
CASTLE HEIGHTS (NZ)
|Donna Logan||Stathi Katsidis||3||54.5|
|Bart Cummings||Luke Nolen||13||54.5|
THE EMBASSY (NZ)
|Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||1||54.5|
SHI KIN FLY (NZ)
|John Sargent||Ric McMahon||10||54|
|Michael Moroney||Craig Grylls||15||53|
|Brian Smith||Michael Walker||8||53|
SHUFFLE THE CASH
|Bryan Guy||Larry Cassidy||6||53|
|John Wheeler||Jason Taylor||2||53|
|Michael Nolan||Luke Rolls||4||53|
|Danny J Bougoure||Scott Seamer||18||53|
|Howard Wilson||Jason Holder||9||53|