A star line-up of weight-for-age gallopers are accepted to face off in Saturday’s Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes 2014 at Moonee Valley including current Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer.
Working well at the course on Tuesday morning, Gai Waterhouse’s Montjeu gelding is set to make his six-year-old debut in Melbourne in the $250,000 Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).
The race has a great history of producing Melbourne Cup performers and could again hold the key to the world’s richest handicap as The Offer pays $13 through Ladbrokes.com.au as the favourite for the first Tuesday of November.
The Dato Tan Chin Nam will be his first run since an impressive four length win over Opinion in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on April 19, and will also be the Irish import’s first Victorian run.
Waterhouse is confident that she’s got the horse to beat in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes field this year too with The Offer to jump from barrier six with Tommy Berry in the saddle.
Also well liked from a top Sydney stable is the Chris Waller-trained Foreteller.
Drawn wide in the outside barrier (11), the Dansili seven-year-old is second-up for the season after a fourth behind Star Rolling in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in mid-August.
Foreteller is after his first win since a second-up success last spring in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), Waller hoping his Cox Plate fourth placegetter can be competitive two runs in again this season.
Surprise PB Lawrence Stakes winner Star Rolling meanwhile is another headline Dato acceptor this weekend that is sure to attract the attention at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Set to jump from a nice gate four draw with Stephen Baster aboard the Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison-trained progressive Casino Prince gelding beat home a good field narrowly last time out.
Boasting a nice second-up record (3-2-1-0) the form shows he could be home first again on Saturday as he heads towards the spring majors including the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) back at the track on October 25.
Two other last start winners are also engaged in this year’s Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes with the Peter Gelagotis-trained Mourinho coming off a 1500m win at the track from August 23 and Mick Burles’ cult galloper The Cleaner.
Set to start from barrier two with Steven Arnold in the saddle, Savoire Vivre seven-year-old The Cleaner comes off five top two runs on the trot most recently over the Moonee Valley mile when carrying 60.5kg to a win over Fast And Free from the start of August.
Freshened-up since then he returns out to retain an undefeated record over the track and distance.
Other notable hopes include Gelagotis’s second hope Hvasstan coming off a second to stablemate Mourinho here last month and the David Hayes-trained import Crackerjack King.
After having their Australian debut put back by over a year due to hamstring issues, Shamardal seven-year-old Crackerjack King is out to atone for a first-up last behind Tiger Tees when 11th in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington last month.
If he can improve in the Dato then the injury-plagued galloper is likely to head towards runs in the $400,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on September 20 and the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 4 on way to the Cox Plate.
“He’ll probably get tired the last little bit, but that will have him very good for the Group 1s — the Underwood and the Turnbull,” Hayes told News Corp speaking of Crackerjack King’s chances on Saturday and over the spring.
See the table below for the complete Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes 2014 field, barriers and jockey allocations.
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2014 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Moonee Valley Race 7 (4:00pm) – 06/09/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||40x45389x4||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||11||59kg||112|
|2||321x63111x||THE OFFER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||6||59kg||110|
|3||0x1x1155x0||CRACKERJACK KING (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||1||59kg||102|
|4||22251×2121||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||Steven Arnold||2||59kg||105|
|5||40x26506x1||MOURINHO||Peter Gelagotis||Craig Newitt||10||59kg||100|
|6||x13415x36x||PAKAL (GER)||Mick Price||Nicholas Hall||5||59kg||105|
|7||x13x7190x5||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||8||59kg||103|
|8||8x072080x2||HVASSTAN||Peter Gelagotis||Dwayne Dunn||3||59kg||95|
|9||015x5239x1||STAR ROLLING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Stephen Baster||4||59kg||105|
|10||3x27x128x6||GRIS CARO (GB)||Jake Stephens||Mark Zahra||9||59kg||97|
|11||1x25x12x0||FOUNDRY (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Craig Williams||7||59kg||101|