Mark Kavanagh’s Group 1 winning four-year-old Super Cool has opened the narrow favourite to win their second spring assignment this weekend, topping the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes 2013 odds.
Originally the Fastnet Rock gelding, who won the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington back in March, looked to be playing second fiddle to their undefeated stablemate Atlantic Jewel on Saturday with both nominated for the $300,000 Group 1 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).
However Kavanagh opted to run Atlantic Jewel, last start winner of the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) in her first run in 16 months, up against the mares only in another Moonee Valley race at the meeting – the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m).
That leaves Super Cool for the Dato, the smart staying type having run third in the Memsie first-up and sure to improve with more distance.
With form up to 2500m having run second to Fiveandahalfstar in last year’s Group 1 Victoria Derby during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Super Cool is being set for some of the longer distanced majors this spring including a possible shot at the Caulfield – Melbourne Cups double.
First though they jump favourite for the Dato from barrier seven with Michael Rodd aboard, Super Cool currently paying $3.20 to win.
Hot on Super Cool’s heels in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes betting markets is then the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente at $3.40.
Drawn in gate two with Nash Rawiller to ride, imported Monsun six-year-old Fiorente was runner-up to Green Moon in last year’s Melbourne Cup and continues their second Melbourne Cup campaign here after a first-up sixth in the Memsie.
There are then three other single figure fancies with:
- #2 Happy Trails ($6) – Paul Beshara’s defending champion won the Dato 12 months ago third-up after two good runs, continuing on to win the Emirates Stakes in November, this time in their form has been a little off when fifth in the Spring Stakes (which they won last year) and seventh in the Memsie (which they were third in last year) but Beshara believes improvement is to come
- #9 Ajeeb ($7.50) – Mick Price-trained import has their final run down under before heading to Dubai where more racing or retirement awaits, eighth in eh Memsie but before that beaten under a length by Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m), blinkers come off and will be ridden off the pace
- #6 Lidari ($8) – Set to get the rails run from barrier one with Luke Nolen aboard, this Peter Moody-trained up-and-coming French import has had just four runs down under, the most recent being a good first-up win over High Esteem and Strawberry Boy at Caulfield two weeks ago
The only other runner under $31 in the markets is then Desert Wizard at $14.
The undefeated youngster has been successful in all three of their runs to date and faces an acid test here having won at Carnbourne over 1400m on September 4, also won over the Flemington mile so distance should be no issue.
See below for the current Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes odds, prices courtesy of the established and generous online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2013 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Odds
Moonee Valley Race 6 – 3:30pm (AEST) – 14/09/2013
|2||HAPPY TRAILS (3)||6.00|
|7||HORNET’S NEST (11)||201.00|
|8||SUPER COOL (7)||3.20|
|10||BASS STRAIT (4)||31.00|
|11||DESERT WIZARD (6)||14.00|
*Fixed Win odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change