Dato Tam Chin Nam Stakes Day Preview and Tips

Spring racing moves to Moonee Valley this Saturday for the Group 2 Dato Tam Chin Nam Stakes over 1600m.  Last year’s race was won by The Cleaner in front of Mourinho who will both be contesting this year’s edition. The forecast predicts relatively fine weather leading up to Saturday so we should see similar conditions to the current rating of a Good 4. The rail is true for the entire course. It’s usually a tough ask for backmarkers at Moonee Valley due to the 173m straight but a true rail position will make it slightly easier compared to a outward rail position.

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Group 2 Dato Tam Chin Nam Stakes 1600m

The seventh on the card is the feature of the day and we see a few rivals from the PB Lawrence Stakes continuing their spring preparations. Mourinho just got the better of The Cleaner late a fortnight ago and I expect both to give a good sight late once again. Dual Group 1 winner Contributor begins his spring campaign and is undefeated since the Emirates Stakes last November. I predict a slow-ish pace which will suit the frontrunners even more so. The Cleaner will be your leader as always however Kenjorwood will be up there and will ensure The Cleaner doesn’t control the race entirely. Mourinho has drawn barrier 3 so will get a very similar run to his PB Lawrence win and I have Contributor being in the third pair when settling. He is a champion horse already but will need to be sharp to win this off what could be a slow tempo. The pick of the runners in the PB Lawrence Stakes was Big Memory. He sat last and came home best of the backmarkers and from barrier 1 he can settle closer. In the past he has sat forward and I’m banking on Oliver settling in a prominent position this time. If that is the case he is hard to beat for mine. Foreteller got home very well in the 2014 Dato and can do the same this time but will be too far back to win.

Dato Tam Chin Nam Stakes Tips

Big Memory



The Cleaner

Money has all been for Contributor to continue his winning ways being backed into $1.80 after his $1.90 opening quote. Big Memory is currently firm at $11 and those odds looks very handy if he can take up a forward position. Very happy to be on at the each-way odds.

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Group 2 Mitty’s Mcewen Stakes 1000m

All but four runners here are first-up and I’m keen to see the return of Group 1 winners Chautauqua and Flamberge. A genuine speed war may occur here with I’m All The Talk, Sistonic, Tycoon Tara and Parcel all potentially challenging for the lead from  their wide draws. I believe there are only three contenders here being Chautauqua, Flamberge and Furnaces. Chatauqua will settle near last and whilst the tempo on paper looks strong I find it tough to back any backmarker over 1000m, especially at Moonee Valley. Flamberge and Chautauqua battled first-up earlier this year in the Rubiton Stakes over 1100m where Chautauqua just nailed Flamberge in the closing stages. It’s worth noting Flamberge sat wide for the entire event and that won’t happen this time from barrier 5. He will sit just behind the strong speed perfectly poised to pounce on the tiring runners in the short straight. Furnaces has his first attempt against older rivals and has drawn barrier 3. He should get a lovely run similar to Flamberge and will be in the finish off his postage stamp weight of 52.5kg. I can’t see any others challenging. Miss Steele will be flying home as she always does off a strong speed but I doubt she can match it with Chautauqua.

Mitty’s Mcewen Stakes Tips




Miss Steele

No major market moves as yet. Furnaces has been backed from $8 into $7. Chautauqua has eased slightly from $2.10 to $2.25. The rest remain firm. I’m not too keen on the short quote for Chautauqua and the $7 about Flamberge represents tremendous value.

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Quaddie Numbers

3, 9, 10

3, 4, 5, 9

1, 2, 14

1, 2, 7, 9, 14

$100 for 55.56%.

Best Bet – Big Memory place into Flamberge place.

Best Each-Way – Flamberge. 

Good luck and happy punting!

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