2015 Chairman’s Handicap Nominations Released

March 30th, 2015

12 runners have been included in nominations for Saturday’s Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Randwick Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of several of the Autumn Carnival’s most exciting stayers.

Big Memory has been included in 2015 Chairman's Handicap nominations. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Big Memory has been included in 2015 Chairman’s Handicap nominations. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Big Memory ran on for a close second in the 2015 Mornington Cup (2400m) last weekend and has been included in 2015 Chairman’s Handicap nominations.

Posting a commendable race record of four wins and a further ten minor place finishes through his 23 career starts to date, Big Memory returning to racing in exceptional form over the 2014 Spring Carnival; beating a talented field to the line in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) and finishing in the minors in each of the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) and Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) most notably.

Running fourth in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) and third in the Listed Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) leading into his most recent second, trainer Tony McEvoy will allow the final field and barrier draw to dictate a berth in the Chairman’s Handicap for Big Memory.

Trainer Chris Waller is set to launch a two-pronged attack on the 2015 Chairman’s Handicap after including Grand Marshal and Permit in nominations.

Finishing outside the first three only a handful of times through his 19 start career, Grand Marshal has steadily built to the task over four starts this time in and will enter the Chairman’s Handicap off the back of a credible fourth in the Group 2 NE Manion Cup (2400m) on March 21st.

Talented veteran Permit will retire from racing at the end of his current preparation and may contest his last competitive event this weekend.

Claiming nine wins and eleven minor places over 53 starts to date, the Dansili gelding posted an impressive race win in the NE Manion Cup last start and is more than a chance of success in the 2015 Chairman’s Handicap.

Rising Romance was unlucky to be scratched from the final field of the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) last weekend with a minor hoof ailment, but has been included in nominations for a racing return in the Chairman’s Handicap.

Claiming five wins and seven minor place finishes through 18 career starts, the Ekraar mare won the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) most notably over the 2014 Autumn Carnival; returning in spring for a close second in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) most notably.

Having placed second in the Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m) a fortnight ago, all signs point towards another polished effort from Rising Romance in the 2015 Chairman’s Handicap.

The 2015 Chairman’s Handicap final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday Wednesday.

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2015 Chairman’s Handicap Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy 103
2 DISCLAIMER (GB) Peter & Paul Snowden 97
3 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 102
4 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller 88
5 HONORIUS David Payne 96
6 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 97
7 PHRASES Bindi Cheers 94
8 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 98
9 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan 110
10 SCRATCHY BOTTOM Michael Kent 90
11 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) Peter G Moody 92
12 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 90