Australian Derby Day – 2011 Chairman’s Handicap Final Field

April 6th, 2011

The 2011 Chairman’s Handicap Final Field boasts 17 acceptors all with a shot at claiming their share of $175,000.

The 2600m Group 2 event will jump as Race #3 on the Australian Derby Day card at Randwick Racecourse this weekend.

The best rated runner in the field, Speed Gifted,  could not have had worse luck coming in to the race with a 58kg top weight and the extreme outside barrier.

The Lee Freedman trained runner finished third last start in the Albury Cup but recent metro results have been poor, without a win since early 2009.

The horse with the most momentum is undoubtedly Older than Time from Gai Waterhouse which hasn’t lost this preparation from four starts.

Both the grade and distance steps up in this race but she couldn’t have had a more perfect preparation.

If she’s to win she’ll need to overcome some proven campaigners though including her stablemate, AJC Oaks winner Once Were Wild.

Also in the field is Michael Rodd’s C’est La Guerre which has recorded an eighth place finish at Melbourne Cup level.

John P Thompson has the most runners in the field with three in an interesting plan of attack from the veteran trainer.

Half siblings Count Encosta and Count Encosta are both entered for the race and both are coming off poor runs last start.

Saint Encosta has the better of the recent form with a win two races back however it was Count Encosta with the better career start.

Both of them will need to improve though if they are to stick it with this field or even with their rapidly improving stablemate Galizani.

Jim Cassidy rode Galizani to victory last start and will be looking to do it again here to grab a fourth win from nine career starts.

To help you sort of the field tomorrow we’ll bring you a comprehensive form guide rating the chances of all 17 runners.

After that we’ll add our expert tipping information to give you the best chance of picking a winner in the 2011 Chairman’s Handicap.

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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