2016 Werribee Cup an Option for The Chairman

November 21st, 2016

Trainer Mick Price has revealed that The Chairman is a good chance of progressing to the Listed Werribee Cup (2600m) on December 11th, following a smart performance for third in the Kilmore Cup over the weekend.

The Chairman could be set for an appearance in the 2016 Werribee Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

The Chairman could be set for an appearance in the 2016 Werribee Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

The Chairman has returned to racing in particularly slick form this time and laid a typically excellent account for himself in what was his black type debut on Saturday; overcoming a tough and luckless run in transit to finish just off the pace of Hazzabeel and Inspector.

Price told Racing Victoria that the High Chaparral gelding has come through his last-start run well, and will strongly consider running the five-year-old in the Werribee Cup 2016.

“I took a bit of a punt in the mile race coming backwards (from 1800m), there wasn’t a lot of great options going forward for him,” Price said.

“It was quite hot yesterday. I know by the time of our race, the vet said there was three horses with a bit of heat stress. He had heat stress and an irregular heart beat after the race, but I think he is fine, it is just rehydrating him, and he was fine, it was just a hot day.

“He ran well, but he is just not slick enough to win a Listed mile race. Whether he goes to the Werribee Cup or not remains to be seen.”

“I reckon he is a 2500m horse, I think he will be a beautiful staying horse,” he said.

“Early on we had a lot of colt form. He is beautiful and we wanted to keep him as a colt originally, he went missing there and this is his new form as a gelding. Eventually, I think, he will get 2500m no problem.”

The Chairman has posted a commendable four wins and two minors through a total of twelve career starts, sine making his competitive debut in the early stages of 2015.

Trialling well in the lead-up to his return this time, The Chairman ran a credible fourth in the Racing.com BM70 (1400m) before finishing second in the Win Network BM78 (1600m) at Moe on October 13th.

Returning to winning form in the Aquafil Fresh BM70 (1600m) on October 26th, The Chairman repeated the dose in the Twitter Trophy (1800m) at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day, in what was his only other start prior to the Kilmore Cup.

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