A representative from the Gai Waterhouse stables has indicated a possible 2014 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes return for 2014 The Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer next month.
The Sydney Cup winning import is dominating the futures markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for this year’s $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) to run at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday November 4.
While the punters are eager to see the $13 Melbourne Cup fancy return, Waterhouse is in no rush bringing then back with plenty of time between now and their grand final Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival goal.
Mark Newnham however gave the fans some hope of a run early next month with Waterhouse looking at the $250,000 Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse on September 6.
The Dato was the launching pad for Waterhouse’s star stayer Fiorente last spring.
They went first-up in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m), missing the kick and getting blocked for a run to finish sixth behind Atlantic Jewel.
Second-up though they improved, jumping awkwardly again but this time overcoming that to score a narrow victory in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes.
From there it was up-and-up for the season’s premier import as they ran half a length away fourth in the Turnbull Stakes, the same margin away when third in the Cox Plate and then handed Waterhouse her first Melbourne Cup victory as a 6-1 chance in the ‘race that stops a nation’.
Waterhouse then has a soft spot for the Dato and could give The Offer the chance to emulate their stablemate who was last seen running third to Silent Achiever in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill in early April.
The Offer meanwhile was last seen scoring an emphatic four length victory in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) when stepped up to the two miles on April 19.
Before that they won two other Sydney autumn features on the trot by big margins on Heavy-rated tracks.
The horse trialed ahead of their new season return on July 18 ridden by Tommy Berry for a third behind stablemate Danas Best over 1200m.
They then worked between races last Saturday in Sydney catching the eye, as did Waterhouse’s $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) hope Carlton House.
This weekend meanwhile Waterhouse is likely to have dual representation in the $100,000 Listed The Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick with Golden Rose-bound three-year-old Nayeli and Echo Prince.
The pair is earmarked for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 13, Nayeli paying $17 in the early Ladbrokes.com.au markets with Echo Prince an $81 roughie.
More Than Ready filly Nayeli has won two of her three starts including the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield but failed when second last (15th) to Earthquake in the Blue Diamond last start.
Echo Prince meanwhile debuted at Hawkesbury on July 20 and beat home Nip Of Time by a nose over 1000m but could bypass The Rosebud in favour of an easier mid-week assignment.
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