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All the results for the 2017 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes Day at The Valley will be updated throughout the day with the weight for age Group 2 the highlight of a great day’s racing.
The winner of the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes is an automatic qualifier for the Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 28 with the Lindsay park trained He’s Our Rokkii sitting at the top of the market order.
Several Thousand Guineas hopefuls will be contesting the Atlantic Jewel Stakes with the field including the unbeaten Anthony Freedman trained filly Shoals and the Lindsay Park trained filly Sanadaat.
The Group 2 McEwen Stakes is also a feature on the nine event card and is includes speed machines Houtzen and Heatherly ready to burn over the 1000m.
2017 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes Day Results
Race 1 (12.25pm) – $120,000 Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap (1600m)
Former West Australian trained mare Samovare kicked the punters off to a great start in the first race on Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes with a come from behind win over the second pick Spanish Reef ($4.20).
Winning jockey Damien Oliver settled Samovare ($3.60) near the tail of the field after getting a squeeze at the start and began his move forward down the side before coming wide on the home turn to claim a well-deserved win.
Trinity Hill, one of the outsiders in the field at $18 held on well to finish third.
- 1st – Samovare
- 2nd – Spanish Reef
- 3rd – Trinity Hill
Race 2 (1.00pm) – $120,000 Sweeny We Know West Handicap (1509m)
A well-judged front running ride from Jake Noonan saw Masculino ($4.80) lead all of the way to take out the second race on the program.
Noonan was able to hold Masculino within himself in the early and middle stages and had enough left in the straight to hold off the hard finishing Eshtiraak ($5) with Sunquest ($5) running on for third.
The $3.40 favourite Aberro jumped okay and after settling midfield in the early stages, started to lose his position mid race and struggled in the straight to wind up in fourth spot.
- 1st – Masculino
- 2nd – Eshtiraak
- 3rd – Sunquest
Race 3 (1.40pm) – $60,000 MiMatch Handicap (1509m)
Irish import Ebediyin ($9) scored his first win on Australian soil with a come from behind victory in the MiMatch Handicap for BenchMark 78 horses.
Damian Lane settled the Darren Weir trained import in the second half of the field and weaved a passage towards the inside in the straight to hold off the consistent Cosmic Lights ($5.50) with Emoji ($11) filling third spot.
The short priced favourite Brahmos ($2.80) was also well back in the field in the early and middle stages and never figured at any stage to miss a place.
- 1st – Ebediyin
- 2nd – Cosmic Lights
- 3rd – Emoji
Race 4 (2.15pm) – $120,000 LF Sign Group Handicap (2040m)
Eight year old Magnapal with Nikita Berriman in the saddle caused a huge upset in the LF Sign Group Handicap, winning at the juicy odds of $21.
Berriman settled the Daniel Bowman trained gelding well back in the field and brought him with a well-timed run through the pack to mow down the leader Lord Durante ($31) with one of the fancied runners Killarney Kid ($4.80) holding on for third.
It has been a long time in between drinks for the owners of Magnapal who has seen the winner’s stall since September 2015.
- 1st – Magnapal
- 2nd – Lord Durante
- 3rd – Killarney Kid
Race 5 (2.50pm) – Group 2 $200,000 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes (1000m)
The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Russian Revolution ($3.40) proved too strong for the flying Heatherly ($7.50) to win the McEwen Stakes.
The $2.45 favourite Houtzen couldn’t go with the early speed and was under pressure on the home turn but was able to battle on for third.
Russian Revolution will now be set for the Group 1 $500,000 Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley on September 29 and also hope to gain a slot in the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14.
- 1st – Russian Revolution
- 2nd – Heatherly
- 3rd – Houtzen
Race 6 (3.30pm) – Listed $120,000 Mitchelton Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m)
The Anthony Freedman trained Shoals kept her unbeaten record intact with a dominant win in the Atlantic Jewel Stakes at The Valley.
Shoals took her record to four wins from four starts by beating Blondie ($16) comfortably in the run to the line with She’s So High ($8.50) running on for third with the $2.90 favourite Sanadaat in fourth spot.
Shoals will now be aimed towards the Group 1 $500,000 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 14.
- 1st – Shoals
- 2nd – Blondie
- 3rd – She’s So High
Race 7 (4.10pm) – Listed $120,000 Strathmore Community Bendigo Bank Stakes (1200m)
Japanese import Brave Smash scored his first Australian win over his stablemate El Divino ($10) in the Bendigo Bank Stakes at The Valley.
$41 outsider Revolving Door returned to form with an eye catching third, one length behind the winner.
Brave Smash was sent out as the $1.60 favourite and winning jockey Damian Lane had him in the firing line from the outset and Weir is keen to fill a slot in the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14 with the import.
- 1st – Brave Smash
- 2nd – El Divino
- 3rd – Revolving Door
Race 8 (4.50pm) – Group 2 $250,000 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m)
Australian Oaks winner Bonneval was quick to find the winner’s stall again with a first up win in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes at The Valley today.
Winning jockey Damian Lane wrapped up a winning treble on the Kiwi trained mare after scoring earlier on the Darren Weir trained Ebediyin and Japanese import Brave Smash.
Bonneval was well in the betting at $5 and finished strongly at the end of the 1600m comfortably beat Abbey Marie ($12), who was also doing her best work over the concluding stages with Rhythm to Spare ($16) holding on for third.
The win by Bonneval in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes make her exempt from the ballot for the Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 28.
- 1st – Bonneval
- 2nd – Abbey Marie
- 3rd – Rhythm To Spare
Race 9 (5.25pm) – $120,000 Powerflo Solutions Craig Opie Cup (1600m)
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Stampede resumed from a spell for a first up win in the Craig Opie Cup, the last race on the nine event Dat’ Tab Chin Nam Stakes Day.
Leading apprentice Beau Mertens has Stampede ($4.20) racing right on the pace and the five year old was strong to the line to record a very comfortable win over Magic Consul ($14) with $26 outsider Petrology filling third position.
Stampede has been very consistent through his career and recorded his sixth win today from only ten race starts.
- 1st – Stampede
- 2nd – Magic Consol
- 3rd – Petrology
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