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.

2021 Feehan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Superstorm
  • 2nd: #11 Elephant
  • 3rd: #3 The Chosen One



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 $500,000 in prize money as of 2021. 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.

In 2020 the John F. Feehan Stakes winner, dual Cox Plate placegetter Humidor, went on to run second in that year’s Underwood Stakes results and third in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes.

The John F. Feehan Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday September 4, 2021 and was won by the Danny O’Brien-trained Superstorm. 

John F. Feehan Stakes
Date: Saturday September 4, 2021
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000

2021 John F Feehan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Superstorm
  • 2nd: #11 Elephant
  • 3rd: #3 The Chosen One

The Danny O’Brien-trained Superstorm ($6) was given a masterful rails-hugging ride by Damien Oliver, the hoop celebrating his fourth win in the 2021 Feehan Stakes results aboard the now Cox Plate-bound Perth expat.

Click here to read more on the thrilling inside run of Superstorm in the 2021 Feehan Stakes.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 SUPERSTORM Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 5 59kg $6
2 11 ELEPHANT (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Luke Currie 0.1L 1 59kg $5.50F
3 3 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 0.5L 8 59kg $10
4 7 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 0.7L 12 59kg $13
5 2 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 1L 3 59kg $8
6 8 SHOT OF IRISH Scott Brunton Ms Tahlia Hope (a) 1.4L 7 59kg $17
7 14 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 1.5L 2 57kg $6
8 1 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Brett Prebble 1.6L 6 59kg $17
9 5 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 2.35L 13 59kg $201
10 6 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 2.55L 4 59kg $41
11 9 DAWN PATROL (IRE) Robert Hickmott Jye McNeil 3.3L 10 59kg $7
12 13 REALM OF FLOWERS Anthony & Sam Freedman Craig Williams 4.05L 11 57kg $26
13 10 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 7.8L 9 59kg $26
12 SOVEREIGN AWARD Danny O’Brien Ben Allen 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Feehan Stakes Odds

The season’s best John F. Feehan Stakes 2021 odds and betting market links on the Cox Plate qualifier will be available for punters below the week of the race.

2021 Feehan Stakes Field

The official John F. Feehan Stakes 2021 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 2021 Feehan Stakes final field features 14 weight-for-age hopefuls led in betting by $5 million The All-Star Mile runner-up from 2020 Superstorm in gate five and Sierra Sue in gate two looking for her third win on the trot.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the Feehan Stakes 2021 field and betting markets.

  • Scratched: #12 Sovereign Award (7)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 09221420×5 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Brett Prebble 6 59kg 106
2 4x1167x287 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 3 59kg 110
3 8734x2606x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 9 59kg 107
4 22x90736x4 SUPERSTORM Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 5 59kg 104
5 621x62309x SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 14 59kg 104
6 193x73590x CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 4 59kg 102
7 719x3502x6 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 13 59kg 100
8 826370×433 SHOT OF IRISH Scott Brunton Ms Tahlia Hope (a) 8 59kg 89
9 2313616x2x DAWN PATROL (IRE) Robert Hickmott Jye McNeil 11 59kg 103
10 11x1510x PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 10 59kg 103
11 1x111x1 ELEPHANT (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Luke Currie 1 59kg 82
12 111x8510x0 SOVEREIGN AWARD Danny O’Brien Ben Allen 7 57kg 101
13 862x62251x REALM OF FLOWERS Anthony & Sam Freedman Craig Williams 12 57kg 102
14 x97x060411 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 2 57kg 105

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 John F. Feehan Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the John F. Feehan Stakes in 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once announced.

Nineteen potential Cox Plate horses make-up the 2021 John F. Feehan Stakes nominations for this weekend led in pre-field betting by the now Danny O’Brien-trained Superstorm and recent Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes winning mare Sierra Sue.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x720872x0 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 7 Tom Dabernig 1 59kg 110
2 09221420×5 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 8 James Cummings 2 59kg 106
3 151132113x EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 58.5kg 108
4 8734x2606x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 4 59kg 107
5 4x1167x287 STREETS OF AVALON G 7 Shane Nichols 5 59kg 110
6 621x62309x SOUND (GER) H 9 Michael Moroney 6 59kg 104
7 22x90736x4 SUPERSTORM G 5 Danny O’Brien 7 59kg 104
8 193x73590x CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 8 59kg 102
9 111x8510x0 SOVEREIGN AWARD M 6 Danny O’Brien 9 57kg 101
10 862x62251x REALM OF FLOWERS M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 10 57kg 102
11 x97x060411 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 57kg 105
12 719x3502x6 NONCONFORMIST G 5 Grahame Begg 12 59kg 100
13 2313616x2x DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 13 59kg 103
14 5153×29211 HI STRANGER G 5 Shane Fliedner 14 59kg 98
15 11x1510x PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 15 59kg 103
16 52x14x4x4x CORMORANT (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 16 59kg 99
17 1x111x1 ELEPHANT (NZ) G 5 Emma-Lee & David Browne 17 59kg 82
18 13x500x707 KINANE (NZ) G 5 Michael Kent 18 59kg 80
19 826370×433 SHOT OF IRISH G 7 Scott Brunton 19 59kg 89

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
2021
John F. Feehan Stakes
1st Superstorm 1 minute 38.75 seconds
2nd Elephant
3rd The Chosen One
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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