The Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes is a Group 2 race run under weight-for-age conditions each September at Moonee Valley racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $250,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes was won by Bonneval from Abbey Marie with Rhythm To Spare third.
From 1984 to 2004 the race was known as the ‘John F. Feehan Stakes’, before being changed to the ‘Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes’ from 2005 onwards, and is held on the same day as the Gr2 McEwen Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 9th September 2017|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
The Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes takes place at the tight Moonee Valley race track over 1600 metres early in the spring and generally attracts quality milers and often some top class horses on the way to bigger and better things. The race has grown in stature in recent times and many of our best horses now compete in this race and have then gone on to victory in some of our biggest feature races of the spring.
Three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva (2nd in 2004-2005) was twice a runner-up in this event on her way to her last two Cup wins, while Green Moon (2nd in 2012) went on to claim the 'race that stops a nation' after running second in this event. Dual Cox Plate winners Fields Of Omagh (2002), Northerly (2001) and Sunline (2000) were all winners of this race.
Other classy horses to win the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes include Whobegotyou (2009-2010), El Segundo (2007) and Better Loosen Up (1990), and the race is generally taken out by a quality galloper who may go on to record more feature race wins throughout the spring.
Bonneval (2017) resumed from a spell to score a strong victory in this event and recent Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes winners include Awesome Rock (2016) and The Cleaner (2014-15).
Classy mare Bonneval (2017) took out the Gr1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield at her next start.
Interestingly enough, both Jameka (7th in 2016) and Gris Caro (7th in 2014) took out the Gr3 Naturalism Stakes after running second in this race.
Mourinho (6th in 2015) and Foreteller (3rd in 2014) both won the Underwood Stakes at their next outing, while imported galloper Crackerjack King (8th in 2014) finished third in the Underwood Stakes. The United States (6th in 2016) snared the Gr2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley next time out.
Fiorente (2013) went on to finish third in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley before winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November.
Happy Trails (2012) managed to win the Gr1 Emirates Stakes during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington after winning this race while runner-up Green Moon (2nd in 2012) went on to win the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington before taking out the Melbourne Cup at the same track.
Rekindled Interest (2011) went on to run third in both the WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington after winning this race, before returning to run third in this race the following year.
Valley specialist Whobegotyou (2009-10, 3rd in 2011) twice won this race before finishing third in his hat-trick attempt. He went on to win races such as the Gr1 Underwood Stakes and Gr1 Caulfield Stakes during a wonderful career, which also included a third placing in the 2012 WS Cox Plate.
The Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes has been a pivotal race of the spring in the past few years and it may pay to keep a close eye on horses who perform well in this year's event.
1. $5.00 Bonneval 56.5 Damian Lane
2. $12.00 Abbey Marie 57.0 Luke Nolen
3. $16.00 Rhythm To Spare 59.0 Patrick Moloney
4. $31.00 Jacquinot Bay 59.0 Regan Bayliss
5. $6.50 Articus 59.0 Craig Williams
6. $5.00 He's Our Rokkii 59.0 Dwayne Dunn
7. $9.00 Lizzie L’Amour 57.0 Damien Oliver
8. $12.00 Sir Isaac Newton 59.0 Luke Currie
LR $4.40 Star Exhibit 59.0 Mark Zahra
Margins: 0.3 len, 4 len
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|2017||Bonneval||Abbey Marie||Rhythm To Spare||1:37.3|
|2016||Awesome Rock||Real Love||Set Square||1:37.0|
|2012||Happy Trails||Green Moon||Rekindled Interest||1:35.5|
|2010||Whobegotyou||Typhoon Tracy||Shoot Out||1:39.6|
|2009||Whobegotyou||Mic Mac||Jolie's Shinju||1:37.3|
|2008||Guillotine||Casual Pass||Tears I Cry||1:35.9|
|2007||El Segundo||Haradasun||Cinque Cento||1:36.2|
|2006||Lad Of The Manor||Apache Cat||Spinney||1:35.8|
|2005||Lad Of The Manor||Makybe Diva||Fields of Omagh||1:37.6|
|2003||Natural Blitz||Vocabulary||De Gaulle Lane||1:36.7|
|2002||Fields Of Omagh||Magical Miss||Le Zagaletta||1:40.4|
|2000||Sunline||Le Zagaletta||Citra's Prince||1:37.9|
|1997||Arctic Scent||Derobe||Sir Boom||1:40.0|
|1995||Beaux Art||Sharscay||Count Chivas||1:35.9|
|1993||Palace Reign||Pearl Prince||Kiwi Golfer||1:39.9|
|1992||Naturalism||My Brilliant Star||Ramyah||1:40.8|
|1990||Better Loosen Up||Stylish Century||Our Westminster||1:35.5|
|1989||Our Westminster||Vo Rogue||King's High||1:33.1|
|1988||Our Poetic Prince||Flotilla||Vo Rogue||1:33.1|