Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes 2012 Field Headed by Rekindled Interest

Cox Plate placegetter Rekindled Interest headlines a strong 12-horse field for Saturday’s Group 2 2012 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.

Rekindled Interest

Rekindled Interest will defend his title in the Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes on Saturday

The five-year-old won the event last year on the way to a Cox Plate third placing and trainer Jim Conlan is confident he can again impress.

“He loves this track, everyone knows that,” Conlan said.

“Every time he comes here he runs well and I’m pretty sure he’ll run well on Saturday.”

The statistics tell the story with Rekindled Interest at Moonee Valley, with two wins a third and a fourth from four starts showing he has a genuine liking for the tight-turning track.

But it will be no easy task to claim back-to-back honours this weekend with a number of classy horses in the field including Caulfield Cup favourite Green Moon.

The Lloyd Williams-owned six-year-old returned with an eye-catching run to finish fifth in the Memsie Stakes and will be having his first hit-out at Moonee Valley.

On trial for a start in the Cox Plate is Happy Trails who will be having his third start of a spring campaign that has already shown plenty of promise.

The Adelaide five-year-old kicked off his journey with a win in the Group 3 Spring Stakes before finishing second to Sincero in the Memsie Stakes.

Using Saturday’s feature as a spring kickoff point is Ethiopia who has been nominated for the big staying races this spring.

The Pat Carey-trained gelding won the Group 1 Australian Derby in stunning style when coming from the back of the field to beat home Polish Knight.

Other Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes entrants include imports Sneak A Peek and Midas Touch as well as the Jake Stephens-trained Alcopop.

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Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1834x26x59 HEART OF DREAMS Mick Price Michael Walker 4 59kg 113
2 00338x5x00 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott Steven King 6 59kg 110
3 923x760x1x LINTON John Sadler Jamie Mott 12 59kg 108
4 1533x625x0 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan Damien Oliver 7 59kg 112
5 892120x1x5 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Craig Williams 5 59kg 108
6 10x5129x78 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens TBA 9 59kg 103
7 x233446x12 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Glen Boss 10 59kg 105
8 x704x0x669 MR CHARD Dean Lawson Dean Holland 3 59kg 95
9 1142x116x8 SNEAK A PEEK (ITY) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1 59kg 104
10 11x24x6x13 TOKUGAWA Leon Corstens Craig Newitt 2 59kg 81
11 5558005×09 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Jim Conlan TBA 8 59kg 89
12 3321x ETHIOPIA Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 11 58.5kg 108