The Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes is a pulsating 1600M sprint race that is held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The event is held every year in September at the Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The Group 2 weight for age race is today worth up to $300,000 in prize money and in recent years, the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes has grown to become a local’s favorite in Victoria. The 2013 edition of the race was exceptional to say the least.
Fiorente produced one of the most memorable sprints of the Carnival to take home the title with Spacecraft and Lidari both having to settle for second and third respectively. The Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes was run as the John F. Feehan Stakes from its debut in 1984 to 2004 before the name was changed for the 2004-05 season. The event shares the same date with a number of exciting races including the Group 2 McEwen Stakes and the Group 2 WH Stocks Stakes which should be a fine line up of great races for horse racing enthusiasts from the South East.
Although the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes is not one of the big money races in the Melbourne Carnival, the event has often attracted elite and high quality milers from different parts of the country. The race is a great guide for the WS Cox Stakes and horses that perform well in the event can also consider running in the Melbourne Cup or the Caulfield Cup. Three time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva finished second in two years running in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes on course towards consecutive victories in the Melbourne Cup.
In 2012, Green Moon also finished second in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes and went on to win the Melbourne Cup a few weeks later. The quality on show at the event is undisputable and this largely explains why the race has grown to become a popular event in Victoria. Other notable horses to win the race include Happy Trails in 2012 who was also on hand to take home the Emirates Stakes. Whataboutyou won the event two years in a row in 2009 and 2010 with Rekindled Interest taking home the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes title in 2011.
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|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|