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Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes preview

Melbourne has its share of quality racing today, with the race formerly known as the Feehan Stakes, today at Moonee Valley. It's a prime lead-up early in the spring, as a G2 for horses stepping up in distance, and an opportunity for Cox Plate aspirants to race on the track before the big day.

Taking his chances with the preview is international racecalling prodigy, Luke Humphreys, @WorldRacingLuke.

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Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes
Group 2, $250,000 1600M WFA
1605 local 0705 BST

Odds comparison

1 Foreteller $15: Winner of three G1s in the 2013 Ranvet Stakes, Makybe Diva Stakes and 2014 Underwood Stakes. Probably not at his best anymore, still consistent, and certainly wouldn’t have peaked today and he’ll probably go backwards and run on late. 3rd in race last year.

2 Ethiopia $126: Like to think his not the same horse as what he was when he won the 2012 G1 Australian Derby and was 4th in the G1 Cox Plate. Trip also too short. No.

3 Mourinho $6.50: Probably the most underrated thoroughbred in Australia. Has been in the form of his life the last 12 months with a 2nd in this 12 months ago, a Cranbourne Cup victory, and also victories in the Australia Stakes, Peter Young Stakes and P.B. Lawrence Stakes. Actually undefeated this year outside of his G1 runs. Trip suits, in top form. Very hard to beat.

4 Contributer $1.75: Godolphin star who won the G2 Apollo Stakes, G1 Chipping Norton Stakes and G1 Ranvet Stakes in the autumn. Wants further than 1600m and is first-up but he’s probably still the one to beat.

5 The Cleaner $6.50: Iron horse of Australia. Won this last year, in true The Cleaner style, before a great spring carnival. Wasn’t the same in the autumn, outside of Australian Cup fourth, but showed his old fight first-up when just nosed out by Mourinho in the Lawrence. Great chance.

6 Banca Mo $81: Not good enough and wants further. Outclassed.

7 Dibayani $12: Thought he was only OK on his Aussie debut in the Lawrence Stakes. His Hong Kong form is fantastic and if he runs to that his right in it but probably wants further.

8 Bagman $20: Won his last two at Flemington and Moonee Valley in 2000m handicaps with great rides from Damien Oliver getting him home. Interesting to see him step back in trip and will probably be outpaced and outclassed.

9 Big Memory $13: Looking for further but his fourth in the Lawrence was really good. Should run well.

10 Gallante $61: Has as good form as anything in this. Won 2014 G1 Grand Prix de Paris, mind you was probably a fluke as he was just about the only horse that went on the bog track, but let’s not forget even though everything went his way, he did beat home horses such as The Grey Gatsby etc. However was probably put in his place in a way when third last on a fast track in the G2 Prix Niel. One run in Australia was in the Victoria Hcp where he was never in it over 1400m. Trip won’t suit, ground won’t suit. Not today.

11 Kenjorwood $23: Hard horse to find. Was in really good form in May but he went off it for a while but is in ok form again now. Outclassed probably but trip will be fine.

12 No Tricks $126: Queenslander who was sixth in the Lawrence but probably will be outclassed in a stronger field here.

(4) Contributer looks the one to beat as he has top G1 form and even though 1600m isn’t his ideal trip he’s still been good enough to win good races over this trip in the past. (5) The Cleaner will be hard to beat over 1600m around Moonee Valley should he get to the front and he won this last year. (3) Mourinho is in top form and (9) Big Memory should find the line strongly. (7) Dibayani will have to improve on last start. (1) Foreteller is consistent and will be running on. (11) Kenjorwood, (8) Bagman are outclassed. (10) Gallante won’t and doesn’t have his conditions while (12) No Tricks is best of the rest.

Selections
(4) Contributer - (5) The Cleaner - (3) Mourinho - (9) Big Memory - (7) Dibayani - (1) Foreteller - (11) Kenjorwood - (8) Bagman - (10) Gallante - (12) No Tricks.

The Bet
(9) BIG MEMORY to place.

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