Only twelve runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing.
Contributer is yet to taste anything but success this year, and has been confirmed for a racing return in the 2015 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes, in which has been allocated the ideal barrier 2.
Posting an impressive eight wins and three minors through only 14 competitive starts so far, Contributer returned in autumn for success in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m); progressing to 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) on March 21st.
Set for the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) this time, trainer John O’Shea is confident the High Chaparral gelding will gain ballot-free entry into the race with success in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes.
Dibayani stamped his claims as one to follow through the 2015 Spring Carnival with an impressive Australian debut three weeks ago, and will leave from the ideal barrier 5 in the 2015 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes.
Having run on for a credible third in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m), the Shamardal gelding is three-times placed at Group 1 level in Hong Kong; capping a strong 2014 campaign a close second in the Group 1 Champions and Chater Cup (2400m).
The Cleaner posted a career-best result to date when charging home to win the 2014 edition of the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes and will leave from barrier 7 with last start jockey Noel Callow aboard this weekend.
Posting an impressive eighteen wins and fifteen minors through 50 competitive starts, the Savoire Vivre gelding continued to impress following his 2014 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes success; winning the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) before finishing a credible ninth in the Cox Plate.
Ending his Melbourne campaign in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), The Cleaner returned this year for a close second in the Listed George Adams Plate (1600m); progressing to fourth in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) before failing to fire and fifth in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m).
Having run an agonizingly-close second in the PB Lawrence Stakes first-up, The Cleaner will likely line up on Saturday in prime condition.
Mourinho was unlucky to miss the final field of the 2014 Cox Plate and is on a mission to contest the feature race this time; offered a great chance to secure ballot-free entry this weekend from barrier 3 in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes.
Returning this year for success in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m), the Oratorio gelding progressed to third in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) before taking out the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) most notably on February 28th.
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2015 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x9698464x7||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||11||59kg||108|
|2||04700x88x0||ETHIOPIA||Pat Carey||Patrick Moloney (a)||9||59kg||98|
|3||317x1310x1||MOURINHO||Darryl Blackshaw||Vlad Duric||3||59kg||109|
|4||31x18x111x||CONTRIBUTER (IRE)||John O’Shea||Dwayne Dunn||2||59kg||113|
|5||1939x245x2||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||Noel Callow||7||59kg||109|
|6||3232100240||BANCA MO||Scott Brunton||Dean Holland||6||59kg||99|
|7||x43352x0x3||DIBAYANI (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||5||59kg||105|
|8||7093062311||BAGMAN||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||10||59kg||104|
|9||23x43028x4||BIG MEMORY (FR)||Tony McEvoy||Damien Oliver||1||59kg||102|
|10||x3311x6x0x||GALLANTE (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Steven Arnold||12||59kg||105|
|11||33×3312314||KENJORWOOD||Peter G Moody||Luke Currie||4||59kg||101|
|12||4421606416||NO TRICKS (NZ)||Wayne Walters||Stephen Baster||8||56.5kg||88|