2011 Chairman’s Handicap – Betting Update

May 12th, 2011

The Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap is due to set off the Group racing at Doomben Racecourse this Saturday May 14, 2011, and here we have the most up-to-date betting information for the race.

Run over 2,020 metres, the 2011 Chairman’s Handicap is worth $115,000 and has attracted a horse racing field of 15.

This year’s Chairman’s Handicap is due to run as Race 5 on BTC Cup Day and is scheduled to jump at 2.30pm (AEST).

Current favourite in the 2011 Chairman’s Handicap betting is Michael, Wayne and John Hawke’s Rainbow Styling.

The six-year-old gelding has drawn barrier one for the race and is currently paying odds of $4.60 for the win at Luxbet.

Originally opening at odds of $4.40, Rainbow Styling has lengthened in odds slightly since markets opened.

Currently second in the 2011 Chairman’s Handicap betting market is Firebolt, who is paying odds of $6.50.

The five-year-old gelding won his last start over 1,600 metres late last month and is a previous Group winner, winning the Group 2 Shannon Stakes in September last year.

Firebolt’s trainer, Roger James, is confident in his horse’s ability based on his last year’s spring form.

“It was a stunning win in the Shannon,” James said.

“He sat three and four wide the entire trip and still ran good time.”

Firebolt then went on to finish 11th out of a 20 horse field in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap, despite drawing the widest barrier in the field.

“In the Epsom, he drew wide and had to go forward,” James said.

“They ran something like 35 seconds for the first 600 metres and he was still there at the 100 metres.

“He was entitled knock up in the Epsom.

James will wait to see how Firebolt runs in the 2011 Chairman’s Handicap before scheduling his next race.

“I haven’t decided on anything yet with him and I’ll wait until after he runs on Saturday,” James said.

Warrior Within is currently the least fancied runner in the 2011 Chairman’s Handicap betting, and is paying odds of $151 to win at Luxbet.

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2011 Chairman’s Handicap Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 945181X404 CROSSTHESTART (NZ) Bevan Laming Chris Munce 10 58kg 103
2 612574X656 RAINBOW STYLING (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Luke Nolen 1 57kg 101
3 X10800X001 FIREBOLT (NZ) Roger James Jim Byrne 2 55.5kg 98
4 0801186919 FEMINA FASHION Trevor Whittington Glen Colless 6 54kg 99
5 917X807404 TABULATE Robert Heathcote Joe Bowditch 3 54kg 95
6 657X877848 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Dwayne Dunn 4 53.5kg 94
7 X070425145 HUMMA Robert Heathcote Larry Cassidy 5 53.5kg 94
8 0X3321X370 VIKING HERO Michael Moroney Glen Boss 12 53.5kg 94
9 5015431131 ROYAL REIGN (NZ) William Pholi Scott Seamer 11 53kg 97
10 X032111X77 RAEBURN Brian Smith Scott Galloway 13 53kg 92
11 287X481800 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Michael Hellyer (a) 7 53kg 92
12 X793204122 SHUFFLE THE CASH Bryan Guy Eddie Wilkinson 8 53kg 92
13 8208X53622 LITTLE STRANGER Brian Smith Ryan Wiggins 14 53kg
14 5X3798X698 WARRIOR WITHIN Bruce W Hill Paul Hammersley 9 53kg 79
15 01X5221X58 STREETS AWAY (NZ) Alan Bailey Matthew Palmer 15 53kg 77