Sertorius Headlines 2014 Chairman’s Handicap Final Field

April 9th, 2014

Progressive gelding Sertorius has been included in the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap field that will be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Sertorius will drop back in grade to contest the 2014 Chairman's Handicap at Royal Randwick this weekend.

Sertorius will drop back in grade to contest the 2014 Chairman's Handicap at Royal Randwick this weekend. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Sertorius (barrier nine) started his autumn preparation with an impressive performance in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 22 and performed consistently in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on March 8 and the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 22 before finishing within three lengths of Silent Achiever in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m).

Trainer Jamie Edwards has been delighted with the way Sertorius bounced back from his impressive performance in The BMW and believes he will be primed for the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick next weekend after running in the Chairman’s Handicap this weekend.

Another horse that is progressing nicely towards the Sydney Cup is Gai Waterhouse-trained The Offer who will jump from the inside barrier with Tommy Berry on his back in the Group 2 event this weekend.

The Offer started his autumn campaign with a six place finish over the unsuitable distance of 1400 metres and has made plenty of improvement when stepped up in distance; finishing third in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) on March 15 before winning the Group 3 Manion Cup (2400m) in impressive fashion at Rosehill Gardens on March 29.

Gai Waterhouse also has Hippopus (barrier six) in the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap field after the High Chaparral gelding returned to a semblance of his best form with a second place finish behind Junoob in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 5.

Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller has two runners in the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap field; with Permit and Opinion both set to contest the $300,000 race on Saturday.

Permit (barrier five) has not been seen at the races since he failed to fire in the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) and was scratched from both the Randwick City Stakes and Manion Cup, while Opinion (barrier two) is expected to relish the step-up to 2600 metres after finishing second in both the Randwick City Stakes and Manion Cup.

One of the most interesting runners in the 2014 Chairman’s Handicap field is talented mare Epingle who has performed consistently in what has been a lengthy campaign that started during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.

Epingle (barrier seven) took out both the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) and Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) during a stint in Tasmania and returned to Sydney with an unlucky third in the Group 3 Percy Sykes Tribute Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 29.

The 2014 Chairman’s Handicap final field is rounded out by Tremec (barrier three), Desert Jeuney (barrier ten), Like A Carousel (barrier four), Retort Courteous (barrier 11) and Lucky Liason (barrier eight).

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 2014 Chairman’s Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 22121×2354 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington Ryan Maloney 9 59kg 106
2 557×828118 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5 58kg 104
3 06x321x631 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 1 57.5kg 103
4 x044263113 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 7 56.5kg 105
5 50x90x6122 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 2 55.5kg 99
6 00x7470x52 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 6 54.5kg 97
7 1x0000x863 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson Christian Reith 3 54kg 96
8 4111×75534 DESERT JEUNEY Nigel Blackiston Chad Schofield 10 53kg 92
9 2222×23154 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys Craig Newitt 4 53kg 75
10 x0x5843412 RETORT COURTEOUS (NZ) Steve Englebrecht Joao Moreira 11 53kg 70
11 117×073113 LUCKY LIAISON Kristen Buchanan Ms Kathy O’Hara 8 53kg 74