A talented list of fourteen runners have been included in nominations for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley; offering the victor ballot-free entry into the 2015 Cox Plate (2040m) in late October.
The Cleaner produced one of his best efforts to date to take out the 2014 edition of the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes, and trainer Mick Burles has included the popular Tasmanian in nominations for a title defence.
Posting eighteen wins and fifteen minors through 50 career starts so far, The Cleaner undoubtedly found career-best form to date through the last Spring Carnival; following up his win in the Dato with success in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2040m); progressing to a credible ninth in the Cox Plate before rounding out the Melbourne spring third in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
Returning this year for second in the Listed George Adams Plate (1600m) on February 25th, the son of Savoire Vivre ran a pleased fourth in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) most notably on August 15th.
Unlucky to be pipped on the line by fellow Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes nominee Mourinho in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up on August 15th, The Cleaner is sure to lay a great account for himself second-up on Saturday.
Mourinho has returned to racing in career-best form this year and will carrying form into the Dato following his impressive first-up performance three weeks ago.
Beating a talented field to the line in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) first-up on January 24th, Mourinho continued to impressive when third in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1600m) before taking out the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) on February 28th.
Having returned to the paddock after failing to fire and thirteenth in the Australian Cup, Mourinho will return to the stables of Peter Gelagotis following his final run for Darryl Blackshaw in the 2015 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes.
Godolphin are spoiled for choice with the plethora of talent in training for the 2015 Spring Carnival, and will be offered a great chance of success in the 2015 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes via classy import Contributer.
More than announcing himself to the Australian racing community through a short but impressive campaign through the late 2014 spring, Contributer is yet to taste anything but success in 2015.
Winning the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) first-up on February 14th, the High Chaparral entire broke through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) before repeating the dose in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) last time out on March 21st.
David Hayes and Tom Dabernig appear to have unearthed a genuine Group 1 contender in Dibayani, and have included the Hong Kong import in 2015 Cox Plate nominations.
Three-times Group 1 placed in Hong Kong, Dibayani debuted in Australia for a credible third in the PB Lawrence Stakes; a run in which he savaged the line and should have taken great benefit from.
The 2015 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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2015 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes Nominations
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||3232100240||BANCA MO||G||8||Scott Brunton||99|
|2||23x43028x4||BIG MEMORY (FR)||G||6||Tony McEvoy||102|
|3||31x18x111x||CONTRIBUTER (IRE)||H||6||John O’Shea||116|
|4||x43352x0x3||DIBAYANI (IRE)||G||6||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|6||x3311x6x0x||GALLANTE (IRE)||H||5||Robert Hickmott||–|
|8||121x03336x||I’M IMPOSING (GB)||G||10||Chris Waller||–|
|9||33×3312314||KENJORWOOD||G||6||Peter G Moody||–|
|11||4421606416||NO TRICKS (NZ)||M||4||Wayne Walters||88|
|12||2421x0628x||PREFERMENT (NZ)||H||4||Chris Waller||–|
|13||1939x245x2||THE CLEANER||G||8||Mick Burles||109|
|14||11x4x3x0x1||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||H||6||Robert Hickmott||–|