With former Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mark Kavanagh opting to run Cox Plate favourite Atlantic Jewel in Saturday’s $220,000 Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m), his Australian Cup winner Super Cool will have the run of the race in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes 2013 at Moonee Valley.
Kavanagh ruled out a clash between the star stablemates when accepting the undefeated Atlantic Jewel for an easier assignment against her own kind in the Stocks Stakes and not in the $300,000 Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chan Nam Stakes (1600m).
He will still play a strong hand in the weight-for-age Dato Tan field though with his talented Fastnet Rock gelding Super Cool to run second-up in the feature.
Winner of the Australian Cup as a three-year-old last season, Super Cool is on track for the spring majors including the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in October after their good first-up run.
Racing for the first time in nearly six months the Glen Boss-ridden galloper crossed third behind Atlantic Jewel in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 31 and will appreciate the extra distance in Saturday’s mile showdown where Michael Rodd will take over the reins.
While their trainer removed their main danger, Super Cool will still face plenty of talented rivals in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes on Saturday.
Included among them is the reigning champion Happy Trails who will be reunited with their Emirates winning hoop Damien Oliver, the 41-year-old returning to racing this Friday with five rides at Geelong after a 10 month absence for betting, from barrier three for their title defense.
Paul Beshara’s Adelaide-based gelding won the Dato third-up last spring going on to become a Group 1 winner in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington.
Their form this time in has been a little less impressive including their last start seventh in the Memsie, which was far better than it looks on paper according to Beshara.
“It was a massive run in the Memsie,” he told AAP.
“He’s only been beaten by a length out of second place as a whole bunch went over the line.”
Hopefuls coming off some better form then include the David Hayes-trained Bass Strait in gate four and the undefeated youngster Desert Wizard.
Nigel Blackiston’s Golan four-year-old Desert Wizard has had just three starts to date, all successful, their most recent win being at Cranbourne on September 4 over 1400m with the Dato a massive step up in class.
Desert Wizard is also one of two last start winners in the race along with the Peter Moody-trained French import Lidari who won at Caulfield on August 3 to brake their maiden status down under.
Other notable hopes then include former Victoria Derby winner Sangster, Mick Price’s import Ajeeb in their last Australian start, and Gai Waterhouse’s Melbourne Cup runner-up from last year Fiorente in barrier two with Nash Rawiller riding.
Check out the complete Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights below.
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2013 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Moonee Valley Race 6 – 3:30pm (AEST) – 14/09/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||0211173×60||SANGSTER (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Steven Arnold||10||59kg||110|
|2||01x9903x57||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Damien Oliver||3||59kg||111|
|3||261x42x3x6||FIORENTE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||2||59kg||111|
|4||4x94x052x0||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||Craig Williams||8||59kg||107|
|5||90×7012346||SPACECRAFT||David Hayes||Stephen Baster||9||59kg||94|
|6||19x8x225x1||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||1||59kg||101|
|7||70x1111x0x||HORNETS’ NEST (GB)||James J McNamara||Ms Nikita McLean||11||59kg||82|
|8||4212x311x3||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||7||58.5kg||113|
|9||4117×1128||AJEEB (NZ)||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||5||58.5kg||92|
|10||x1155447x2||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes||Chad Schofield (a)||4||58.5kg||71|
|11||11×1||DESERT WIZARD (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||Michael Walker||6||58.5kg||75|