Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes


Date: Saturday 5th September 2015
Track: Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $250,000
2014 Winner: The Cleaner

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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 The Cleaner Mourinho Foreteller Foreteller
2013 Fiorente Spacecraft Lidari 1:37.2
2012 Happy Trails Green Moon Rekindled Interest 1:35.5
2011 Rekindled Interest Alcopop Whobegotyou 1:37.6
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
2004 Delzao Makybe Diva Studebaker 1:42.5
2003 Natural Blitz Vocabulary De Gaulle Lane 1:36.7
2002 Fields Of Omagh Magical Miss Le Zagaletta 1:40.4
2001 Northerly Sunline Sir Clive 1:37.1
2000 Sunline Le Zagaletta Citra’s Prince 1:37.9
1999 Inaflury Londolozi Streak 1:40.0
1998 Aerosmith Willoughby Doriemus 1:37.4
1997 Arctic Scent Derobe Sir Boom 1:40.0
1996 Toil Poetic King Cheviot 1:39.3
1995 Beaux Art Sharscay Count Chivas 1:35.9
1994 Tristalove Redding Primacy 1:34.3
1993 Palace Reign Pearl Prince Kiwi Golfer 1:39.9
1992 Naturalism My Brilliant Star Ramyah 1:40.8
1991 Mannerism Redelva Ivory Way 1:40.7
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