John F Feehan Stakes

The John F. Feehan Stakes is a Group 2 event held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in early September as a qualifier for the $5 million Cox Plate.

2020 Feehan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Humidor
  • 2nd: #4 Surprise Baby
  • 3rd: #8 Harbour Views



The John F. Feehan Stakes – formerly the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes named after the great horse owner Dato Tan Chin Nam – is one of the major lead up-races in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Held in early September, the 1600m mile event is a weight-for-age race that offers $250,000 in prize money. Run at Moonee Valley Racecourse, the race has produced a number of Cox Plate winners in recent years including Northerly (1st in 2001), Makybe Diva (2nd in 2005) and  El Segundo (1st in 2007).

Officially registered as the John F. Feehan Stakes, the winner of the event now earns a ballot exemption for the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040) run back at the track in late October.

The race also serves as a nice lead-up into Caulfield’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m). In 2018 Homesman improved on a John F. Feehan Stakes second to win the Underwood Stakes and, later, place second in that year’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).  Homesman returned in 2019 and won the John F. Feehan first-up before a second in the Underwood.

The John F. Feehan Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday September 5, 2020 and saw an incredible return to form from dual Cox Plate placegetter Humidor in his debut for Chris Waller. 

John F. Feehan Stakes
Date: Saturday September 5, 2020
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000

2020 John F Feehan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Humidor
  • 2nd: #4 Surprise Baby
  • 3rd: #8 Harbour Views

Dual Cox Plate placegetter Humidor ($18) returned to his best in an incredible return to form from the veteran eight-year-old who dominated the 2020 Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes results with a narrow win over the Melbourne Cup favourite Surprise Baby ($3.30) in his debut for the Chris Waller stable.

Click here to read more on the fairy tale 2020 Feehan Stakes victory by eight-year-old Humidor.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 1 59kg $18
2 4 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Craig Williams 0.4L 7 59kg $3.30F
3 8 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams John Allen 0.5L 2 59kg $5.50
4 6 SIRCCONI Nick Ryan Daniel Stackhouse 0.6L 4 59kg $4.40
5 3 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Ben Melham 0.7L 5 59kg $6.50
6 5 MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 4.45L 6 59kg $10
7 7 EXASPERATE Matthew Brown Brian Higgins 5.95L 8 59kg $71
8 9 COMING AROUND Brent Stanley Craig Newitt 7.95L 3 59kg $10
2 REGAL POWER Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Feehan Stakes Odds

The season’s best John F. Feehan Stakes 2020 odds and betting market links on the Cox Plate qualifier will be available for punters below the week of the race.

2020 Feehan Stakes Field

The official John F. Feehan Stakes 2020 Field & Barriers are announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to the event, the full list of potential Cox Plate horses to be published below.

The 2020 Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes final field features just the nine hopefuls chasing a ballot free ride into the Cox Plate with betting led by the early Melbourne Cup favourite Surprise Baby (7). Surprise Baby races for the first time since a fifth in the ‘race that stops a nation’ last year and will be ridden by the 2019 Melbourne Cup winning rider on Vow And Declare, Craig Williams.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the 2020 Feehan Stakes field and betting markets.

Update: #2 Regal Power (9) has been scratched from the field with the spring now over for the Bob Peters-raced All-Star Mile winner who was found to be suffering from a lung infection.

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No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 05496x085x HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 1 59kg 106
2 161x421x90 REGAL POWER Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 9 59kg 112
3 9x3210x270 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Ben Melham 5 59kg 108
4 14132x415x SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Craig Williams 7 59kg 108
5 x093214811 MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 6 59kg 101
6 5350221722 SIRCCONI Nick Ryan Daniel Stackhouse 4 59kg 100
7 33501211×3 EXASPERATE Matthew Brown Brian Higgins 8 59kg 90
8 x112x3314x HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams John Allen 2 59kg 94
9 5x6111x212 COMING AROUND Brent Stanley Craig Newitt 3 59kg 90

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 John F. Feehan Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the John F. Feehan Stakes in 2020 close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once announced.

The 2020 John F. Feehan Stakes nominations attracted 17 hopefuls including early Melbourne Cup favourite Surprise Baby, in-form Morphettville raider Dalasan and All-Star Mile champion Regal Power looking to return to his best form third-up.

Click here to read more on the key Feehan Stakes 2020 nominees chasing the Cox Plate ballot exemption.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x168044511 ALSVIN G 6 Shea Eden 91
2 5x6111x212 COMING AROUND G 5 Brent Stanley 90
3 3555112×23 DALASAN H 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 103
4 33501211×3 EXASPERATE G 6 Matthew Brown 90
5 x112x3314x HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 6 Matthew Williams 94
6 05496x085x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 106
7 23131037×3 JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 87
8 66x32050x3 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 109
9 x093214811 MAHAMEDEIS G 6 Nick Ryan 101
10 2311x114x0 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
11 161x421x90 REGAL POWER G 5 Grant & Alana Williams 112
12 32x651121x SHOT OF IRISH G 6 Richard Laming 94
13 5350221722 SIRCCONI G 6 Nick Ryan 100
14 4644116×45 SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 106
15 9x3210x270 STREETS OF AVALON G 6 Shane Nichols 108
16 14132x415x SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 6 Paul Preusker 108
17 141121111x VANNA GIRL M 4 Toby & Trent Edmonds 95

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

John F. Feehan Stakes History

First run in 1948 and won by Phoibos, the event was originally known as the JF Feehan Stakes for many years until 2005 when it was changed to the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes. The race name has since been changed and is officially registered as the John F. Feehan Stakes. In 2019 it ran as the Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes due to sponsorship purposes.

Run as an 8 furlong race until 1971 and a principal race until 1978, the event has also been a guide to the Bletchingly Stakes, JJ Liston Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes, Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup.

Won by Lawman in 1981-82, Lad of the Manor repeated this dual success in 2005-06 however the greatest winner of the race was Shorengro which won in three consecutive years from 1968 to 1970.

In 2020 dual Cox Plate placegetter Humidor won first-up for the first time in his career as an eight-year-old when debuting for trainer Chris Waller of Winx fame.

Recent Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes / Feehan Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
John F. Feehan Stakes
1st Humidor 1 minute 36.18 seconds
2nd Surprise Baby
3rd Harbour Views
2019
Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes
1st Homesman 1 minute 37.04 seconds
2nd Mahamedeis
3rd Best Of Days
2018
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Magic Consol 1 minute 36.5 seconds
2nd Homesman
3rd Night’s Watch
2017
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Bonneval 1 minute 37.33 seconds
2nd Abbey Marie
3rd Rhythm To Spare
2016
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Awesome Rock 1 minute 37 seconds
2nd Real Love
3rd Set Square
2015
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st The Cleaner 1 minute 36.30 seconds
2nd Bagman
3rd Dibayani
2014
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st The Cleaner 1 minute 35.94 seconds
2nd Mourinho
3rd Foreteller
2013
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Fiorente 1 minute 37.28 seconds
2nd Spacecraft
3rd Lidari
2012
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Happy Trails 1 minute 35.56 seconds
2nd Green Moon
3rd Rekindled Interest
2011
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Rekindled Interest 1 minute 37.67 seconds
2nd Alcopop
3rd Whobegotyou
2010
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Whobegotyou 1 minute 39.67 seconds
2nd Typhoon Tracy
3rd Shoot Out
2009
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Whobegotyou 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Mic Mac
3rd Jolie’s Shinju
2008
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Guillotine 1 minute 35.9 seconds
2nd Casual Pass
3rd Tears I Cry
2007
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st El Segundo 1 minute 36.2 seconds
2nd Haradasun
3rd Cinque Cento
2006
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Lad Of The Manor 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Apache Cat
3rd Spinney
2005
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Lad Of The Manor 1 minute 37.6 seconds
2nd Makybe Diva
3rd Fields Of Omagh
2004
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Delzao 1 minute 42.5 seconds
2nd Makybe Diva
3rd Studebaker
2003
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Natural Blitz 1 minute 36.7 seconds
2nd Vocabulary
3rd De Gaulle Lane
2002
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Fields Of Omagh 1 minute 40.4 seconds
2nd Magical Miss
3rd Le Zagaletta
2001
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Northerly 1 minute 37.1 seconds
2nd Sunline
3rd Sir Clive
2000
Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes
1st Sunline 1 minute 37.9 seconds
2nd Le Zagaletta
3rd Citra’s Prince

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