Perhaps we were expecting more from the winner who recently broke the track record with a sensational 41.93 in a supporting race on Nationals Finals night of August 30.
Trained in Tasmania by Shane Whitney Chinatown Lad had set the bar high and in any other circumstances last Saturday’s time would have been a talking point.
The 4/5 favourite was not the best to begin but worked to the lead at the post to record a comfortable 1 ½ lengths victory from Varvatos which put in its customary strong finish from back in the field.
Shane Whitney also trained the third placegetter with Fallen Zorro, equal second favourite with Varvatos at 7/2 finishing 3 ½ lengths further back.
Trainer Greg Board would have been pleased with the continued excellent form over the testing 720 metres of Varvatos, which he trains for Lorraine Atchison.
Greg also lined up Spring Belle, next in the betting after the placegetters at 7-1 and the form was true with the dog running fourth after leading early.
Shane Whitney, ably assisted by his dad Gavin and owner Katrina Gregory were delighted and rewarded for all the travelling done recently with Chinatown Lad to compete at Wentworth Park and are looking to return for the heats of the Sydney Cup at the Glebe headquarters on September 27.
None looked more excited than Chinatown Lad’s biggest supporter, Braydon Gebel, who can be seen wrestling the Chairman Cup trophy front and centre with one of the best post race grins you’ll ever see.
It was a nice pay day too for regular readers of this website, as our loyal followers would know we picked the trifecta straighout in our Chairmans Cup Preview.