One of three great group races kicking off the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival at Doomben on Saturday, the $100,000 Group 3 BRC Chairman’s Handicap (2020m) has attracted a capacity field of runners this year.
16 hopefuls will take to the track in the event, including the pair who ran the quinella in the Listed Tails Stakes (2150m) at Eagle Farm last start, Tabulate and Encosta Tszyu.
The Robert Heathcote-trained Tabulate is the current pre-race favourite, coming off three consecutive wins. But the five-year-old son of Honours List, who will be ridden by regular jockey Jim Byrne, has some work to do after drawing wide with barrier 14.
Encosta Tszyu has fared slightly better with barrier eight, the Brian Smith-trained Encosta De Lago gelding having his 38th career start.
Coming up trumps in the barrier draw was the Chris Waller-trained The Embassy in gate one
Coming up trumps in the barrier draw was The Embassy. Trained by Chris Waller, the four-year-old Danasinga gelding is one of a number of interstate raiders seeking glory on Saturday.
Others include the Bart Cummings-trained Dandaad (barrier 13) and Cape Cross gelding Crossthestart (barrier 17).
Also worth keeping an eye on are last year’s Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) winner Castle Heights having his third start for 2010, and Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) winner Larry’s Never Late, drawn at opposite ends of the field in barriers three and 16 respectively.
The 2010 Chairman’s Handicap is scheduled as race five on Saturday and is due to jump at 2:30pm.
Later in the day the racing action just continues to improve as race six is the $125,000 Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) and then the opening Group 1 event of the carnival, the $400,000 BTC Cup (1200m) jumps as race seven.
The final fields and previews of these great Doomben races can be found on the news page of this site, while Races.com.au has all you need to know about the rest of the Queensland Racefest this year.
2010 Gelzinnis Family Chairman’s Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw:
GALLIONS REACH (NZ)
|Richard Yuill||Sam Spratt||11||58|
LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ)
|Rodney Douglas||Shane Scriven||16||56|
|Steven O’dea||Ryan Wiggins||7||55.5|
|Bevan & Richard Laming||Chris Munce||17||55|
|Robert Heathcote||Jim Byrne||14||55|
CASTLE HEIGHTS (NZ)
|Donna Logan||Stathi Katsidis||3||54.5|
|Bart Cummings||Luke Nolen||13||54.5|
THE EMBASSY (NZ)
|Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||1||54.5|
SHI KIN FLY (NZ)
|John Sargent||Ric McMahon||10||54|
|Michael Moroney||Craig Grylls||15||53|
|Brian Smith||Michael Walker||8||53|
SHUFFLE THE CASH
|Bryan Guy||Larry Cassidy||6||53|
|John Wheeler||Jason Taylor||2||53|
|Michael Nolan||Luke Rolls||4||53|
|Danny J Bougoure||Scott Seamer||18||53|
|Howard Wilson||Jason Holder||9||53|