A less-than capacity field of 13 has been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Group 3 BRC Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse this weekend.
Confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Nash Rawiller and allocated the ideal barrier 2, Danchai is a legitimate chance of success in the 2014 BRC Chairman’s Handicap.
Claiming two wins and five places from just 13 competitive starts to date, Danchai has been a standout performer over three starts since arriving in the care of trainer Chris Waller at the conclusion of his 2013 preparation in his native Great Britain.
Finishing third amongst classy company in the AJ Bert Lillye Memorial Handicap (1300m) first-up on March 23rd, the Authorized gelding was unlucky to finish eighth when blocked for a run in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) on April 5th before returning to competitive ways when second in the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) last time out.
Interestingly, just three confirmed runners will carry winning form into the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap; those being Tony Gollan-trained frontrunner Brave Ali, Lauren Tate and Carmora.
Currently in an impressive run of three consecutive race wins, Brave Ali has secured a total of 11 victories and 10 places from 35 race starts to date.
Strolling home to win the Listed JRA Tails Stakes (2128m) last time out, Gollan is understandably confident in the chances of the O’reilly gelding this weekend, particularly in leaving from the ideal barrier 6.
A standout performer in staying events in her native New Zealand this season, kiwi raider Lauren Tate has been confirmed to make her debut appearance across the ditch in the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap.
Unlucky to finish fourth when hampered early in the Group 3 Cuddle Stakes (1600m) on March 15th, the Pins mare returned to the winner’s circle with an impressive turn of foot in the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) last time out, but will have to overcome the slightly wide barrier 8 if to continue her good run of form this weekend.
A noted performer over Brisbane winter events, Cormora debuted with an impressive run of form which delivered a close second in the Listed QLD Day Plate (1350m) before finishing fourth in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) most notably.
Allocated the ideal barrier 4, Carmora will be partnered by leading local jockey Michael Cahill and will carry a race-low 54kgs in the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap.
A regular in major events in New Zealand since debuting on track in 2010, Zennista was a standout performer during her assault on the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival; finishing third in both the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) and Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) before taking out the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) most notably.
Steadily building to the task in two appearances this season so far, the Zenno Rob Roy mare’s chances in the Chairman’s Handicap received a huge boost with news regular jockey Mark Du Plessis will make the trip from New Zealand, and the favourable allocation of barrier 1.
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2014 BRC Chairman’s Handicap Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x561357x24||ZENNISTA (NZ)||Lisa Latta||Mark Du Plessis||1||59kg||104|
|2||261070×382||DANCHAI (GB)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||2||56.5kg||95|
|3||612×715111||BRAVE ALI (NZ)||Tony Gollan||Ms Tegan Harrison (a)||6||56kg||94|
|4||15334×1451||LAUREN TATE (NZ)||John Morell||Jason Taylor||8||55kg||96|
|5||21L44x8744||POSTE RESTANTE (NZ)||Desleigh Forster||–||12||54kg||89|
|6||5419×77995||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson||Ryan Wiggins||13||54kg||86|
|7||217015×435||RAEBURN||Brian Smith||Larry Cassidy||5||54kg||86|
|8||0x32111452||HEARTFELT QUEST||Len Treloar||–||3||54kg||85|
|9||2932123166||ARCTIC||Brian Smith||Eddie Wilkinson||10||54kg||83|
|10||x440331053||PERFECT START (NZ)||Wayne Hillis||James McDonald||7||54kg||83|
|11||124x852x91||CARMORA||Desleigh Forster||Michael Cahill||4||54kg||80|
|12||12530×0808||MALING||David J Lawlor||Andrew Spinks||11||54kg||80|
|13||62111×38||EIGHT’S A PARTY||Darren Bell||Timothy Bell||9||54kg||73|