This Saturday’s headline event at Moonee Valley is the $300,000 Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and the field for the exciting weight-for-age feature is set to be a beauty with a number of interesting contenders including 2011 Melbourne Cup hopeful, American import Unusual Suspect.
Hype is building ahead of the 2011 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes showdown as race favourite, the Mark Kavanagh-trained Whobegotyou, gears up to go for their third straight win in the race which will see them equal the record set by Shorengo (1968-70).
Meanwhile many Luxbet punters and racing fans will be keeping a keen eye on Unusual Suspect, one of four entries for Cranbourne horseman Michael Kent.
Kent’s recent stable acquisition, Unusual Heat eight-year-old Unusual Suspect was formerly raced in the USA under the preparation of Barry Abrams and will make their Australian race debut at the Valley on Saturday.
Having won the Grade One Hollywood Turf Cup (2414m) at Hollywood Park in California back in November, Unusual Suspect is a highly-rated galloper that will likely be over the odds for the Dato.
“I’m pleased with him and he’s trialled well,” Kent said of Unusual Suspect, who has been with their new trainer for around three months.
A veteran stayer of over 50 starts, Unusual Suspect is being prepared for an ambitious Melbourne Spring Carnival assault that will hopefully go all the way through until the first Tuesday of November for Flemington’s iconic $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
“Basically he’s here for the Melbourne Cup,” Kent said, Unusual Suspect’s longest-distanced win to date being 2414 metres.
“It looks like he’s really going to stay so that’s probably his main mission.”
The latest Melbourne Cup betting odds at Luxbet have Unusual Suspect rated a $51 chance, the horse also nominated for both the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 15 and the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley a fortnight later.
2012 Melbourne Cup Odds
Futures all-in betting showing top 24 horses.
A win in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes will see them qualify for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
If Kent decides not to accept them for the Dato, Unusual Suspect will vie for a Cups qualifying win in the $125,000 Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield Saturday week.
The four other Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes nominees for Kent are his AJC Oaks winner Absolutely, four-year-old Group 2 performer Domesky and former New Zealand galloper Eruptious.
Acceptances for all the Moonee Valley features this Saturday are due to be taken on Wednesday, fields and barriers to be published first here at Races.com.au.
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