Eleven runners have been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) on day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick this weekend, offering several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having built to the task over three race starts this preparation, five-year-old The Offer currently leads betting markets for the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap at $3.30 odds, ahead of Sertorius ($3.40), Opinion ($5) and Epingle ($8.50).
Will The Offer justify favouritism and continue his good run of form, or will Sertorius break through for a maiden win this time in?
Finishing worse than second just once in six starts over an impressive Spring preparation, Sertorius was unlucky to run second to Moment Of Change in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) first-up in 2014 and produced a strong turn of foot to finish third in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) on March 8th. Continuing to build in impressive form, the Galileo gelding overcame a poor start to run fifth in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on March 22nd and was unlucky to finish fourth in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) last weekend. On a dry track, Sertorius would be capable of winning the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap by five lengths, but will be test further on a softer surface this weekend.
The Offer ($3.30)
Claiming four wins and five places from only 15 race starts to date, Irish Import The Offer has produced a consistent racing career since arriving in the care of trainer Gai Waterhouse at the conclusion of his 2012 preparation. Returning to the track in typically competitive form this season, the Montjeu gelding overcame a poor run for sixth first up with a strong finish for third in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) on March 15th, before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) last time out. Allocated the ideal inside barrier for the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap, The Offer has proven experience over damp and soft tracks and arguably poses the biggest threat to Sertorius this weekend.
Third in the NE Manion Cup last time out, Tremec offers punters exceptional value in 2014 Chairman’s Handicap betting markets at a current quote of $10, or $2.85 for a place. Securing six wins and three places from 22 race starts to date, the Zabeel gelding is the reigning champion of the Chairman’s Handcap, having comfortable finished half a length in the clear of Blood Brotha in the 2013 edition of the Group 2. Allocated the ideal barrier 3, jockey Christian Reith has been confirmed to retain the ride on Tremec this weekend.
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