Thu, Sep 7, 9:53pm by Staff Writer
Melbourne racing is at Moonee Valley on Saturday for Dato’ Chan Tin Nam Stakes day. The rail is out two-metres and at the time of acceptances the track was a good-4 although there are overcast skies and the odd shower forecast leading into race day.
A field of 11 have accepted for the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) with Bonneval ($9) returning to the races for the first time since her brilliant win in the G1 ATC Oaks (2400m) during the Sydney autumn. A winner of five out of eight career starts – and her last four straight – she’ll be joined by stable mate Lizzie L’Amour who is also first-up.
A winner of five from her 11 career starts, the five-year-old mare resumes after taking out the G1 Bonecrusher (2000m) in NZ back in March. Damian Lane rides Bonneval while Damien Oliver is on Lizzie L’Amour.
He’s Our Rokki ($3.20) opened favourite for the race and he’s been supported in early betting. He’s second-up after a fourth to Hartnell in the G2 PB Lawrence (1400m) when fresh and he’s joined by stable mate Jacquinot Bay who is having his tenth run this prep.
Star Exhibit ($5.50) had some support at odds in the PB Lawrence only to finish ninth of 11. Tavago ($16) was a G3 winner over 2000m during the Sydney Autumn carnival while Rhythm to Spare ($12) is eyeing three straight victories.
Sir Isaac Newtown ($12) is having his third Australian start and is one of two runners for Team Williams, Gallante ($61) the other. They’ve drawn side by side with Sir Isaac Newton in barrier ten, Gallante in 11. Articus ($14) is second-up and was a winner when second-up last time in (at Flemington) while Abbey Marie ($11) is also second-up and a G1 winner of the SA Oaks (2000m) back in 2016.
The feature sprint of the day is the G2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) and while there are only the seven runners, it’s an intriguing race. Three-year-old filly Houtzen ($2.50) is down on 50kg and she resumes from her two-year-old campaign which saw her win four of her five starts, her most recent run when fifth in the Golden Slipper. She’s on a path to The Everest and comes into Saturday off the one Gold Coast trial.
Russian Revolution ($3.60) was heavily supported last campaign when first-up and after the odd pre-race drama he got the job done in the Group 1 Galaxy (1100m) on a heavy-10 when beating stable mate Redzel.
Supido ($7) and Missrock ($9) are both second-up, are both coming off a last start win and both have been supported at good odds in early markets. Supido took out the G3 John Monash (1100m) when resuming and this has been his aim since, while Missrock ran down Heatherly ($6) here at ‘the Valley’ over 1000m but is none from three when second-up.
Heatherly did herself no favours when getting fractious in the barriers last start and jumps from three on Saturday while Hellbent ($9) is fresh and ran second – beaten a lip – in a G1 over 1200m at this track last campaign. Unique Lovely ($126) is a winner of three from eight and while she is racing well this is a massive step up in grade – but worst case scenario will see her gain $4,000 for connections.
Many eyes will be on Brave Smash ($1.60) in race 7 as he looks to stake his claim for an Everest slot. He’s a solid odds-on favourite for this Saturday, and is second-up after an eye-catching performance when fresh behind Vega Magic – who has gone on to win a G1 since.
Suggested Bet: Hoping Hans Holbein ($4.40) can get the job done in race 4 (number 5). The Team Williams gelding is second-up after finishing midfield last start, last campaign he was a big winner when second-up plus he’s two from three when second-up. His stable mate Foundry might be the danger.
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