This weekend the race officially known as the BTC Chairman’s Handicap 2015 runs at the Gold Coast Racecourse as part of the AD Hollindale Stakes Day and nominations are out for the handicap clash.
Run last year up in Brisbane, the race has moved to the Gold Coast this Queensland Winter Racing Carnival with the $125,000 Group 3 GoldCoastWebsites.Com.Au Chairman’s Handicap (2200m) attracting 15 nominations on Monday.
A host of the top early entries hail from interstate and kick off winter campaigns targeting the bigger Brisbane races including the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Doomben Racecourse on June 6.
One of the big name Gold Coast Chairman’s Handicap nominees in 2015 is the John Thompson-trained Tremec, the Zabeel six-year-old coming off a win in the Group 2 ATC Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Randwick on April 6.
He drops back in distance for the Gold Coast edition this weekend but is sure to feature in the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au if accepted as the form of the ATC Chairman’s held up when third past the post Grand Marshal backed up to win the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) during The Championships.
Also nominated for the BTC Chairman’s Handicap and coming off a run in the ATC race from earlier in the month is the Peter Moody-trained Sir John Hawkwood.
Another six-year-old, this Sir Percy gelding was sixth in the Canberra Cup two back but improved when stepped up in distance for the Chairman’s.
Moody has also nominated for his Aussie Rules gelding Wish Come True, the Irish-bred five-year-old having run second to Index Linked in the Yarra Valley Cup (1950m) two back and then fourth last time out behind Banca Mo in the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) on March 28.
Yarra Valley Cup winner Index Linked also features in Saturday’s Gold Coast Chairman’s Handicap nominations as one of two entries for Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller.
The British import is a seven-year-old son of Dansili who will be on the short back-up if accepted having raced only last Saturday when fifth, beaten under three lengths, to Gypsy Diamond in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick.
Waller’s other Chairman’s Handicap entry in Queensland this year is then Our Voodoo Prince, eighth past the post in the JRA Plate following a Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes second over the same distance on a firmer Rosehill track behind Gai Waterhouse’s French import Pornichet.
Also hailing from Sydney are fellow Chairman’s Handicap hopefuls Honorius who ran sixth in the ATC Chairman’s for trainer David Payne last time out and the Kris Lees-trained mare Oriental Lady last seen running fourth over the 2200m at Doomben on April 11 in a Benchmark 95 won by Perplexity.
The Chris Munce-trained winner of that race Perplexity is also nominated for the Chairman’s Handicap on the weekend seeking back-to-back wins over a distance he boasts three victories and two seconds from six previous runs over.
Check out the full 2015 Gold Coast Chairman’s Handicap nominations below, the final field and barrier draw out on Wednesday so stay tuned.
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2015 BTC Chairman’s Handicap Nominations
Gold Coast Racecourse – Saturday, April 25
|1||ANTON EN AVANT||Stephen Lee||78|
|2||EPINGLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||103|
|4||HI SON||Tony Gollan||92|
|6||INDEX LINKED (GB)||Chris Waller||102|
|7||MONACO DOLL (NZ)||Toby Edmonds||75|
|8||ORIENTAL LADY (GER)||Kris Lees||90|
|9||OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB)||Chris Waller||97|
|11||SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE)||Peter G Moody||95|
|13||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||99|
|15||WISH COME TRUE (IRE)||Peter G Moody||98|