The race was first run in 1978 and was won by a horse called Proficient. It was a Listed race from 1980 to 1994 and was awarded Group 3 status in 1995. It is often used as a lead-up to the Doomben Cup and Brisbane Cup.
In 2022 it was moved to Eagle Farm due to heavy rain during the week before.
Last mare to win: Real Love (2016)
Last 3YO to win: C&G – I Will (1984); Filly – Lowan Star (1980)
Multiple winners: Le Juge (2019 & 2020)
Fastest time (2000m): Le Juge (2020) 2:01:96
Interesting trivia: In 2020 Chris Waller trained the first six over the line out of seven entries in the 16 horse field. In 2018 Anton En Avanty won at 150-1.
Past winners of the BRC Chairman’s Handicap
Winners of past BRC Chairman’s Handicaps include horses that go on to win major spring races.