Group Two Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday, September 3 2022|
|Location:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
The Group 2 John Feehan Stakes is a 1600m weight-for-age race held at Moonee Valley in September and it’s a prominent lead-up race for the bigger spring carnival features such as the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup.
The first owner of the land where Moonee Valley is situation was John F Feehan and this race was known as the JF Feehan Stakes until 2005. That land was bought by a man called William Samuel Cox for whom the great WFA race, Cox Plate is now known.
The race was then renamed after Dato Tan Chin Nam who is best known as a leading owner of horses such as So You Think and Saintly who both won Cox Plates with Bart Cummings. In 2019 it reverted to being known as the John F Feehan Stakes again.
The winner of the John F Feehan Stakes is exempt from ballot for the Cox Plate.
2022 Feehan Stakes betting odds
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Feehan Stakes bookmakers
Betting doesn’t open for the Feehan Stakes until nominations are received in late August, but punters will get to bet into “all in” markets in early September.
All of our recommended online bookmakers will frame markets for the race and punters will get the best value if they bet early in the month.
Latest Feehan Stakes News
Feehan Stakes betting tips
Being scheduled in early spring, it allows a wide range of thoroughbreds to take their place. Punters will automatically look for the sprinter-miler types which have already had a run or two during the spring, but they should also look out of the stayers which will be competing in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup.
We’ve seen the likes of Fiorente and Green Moon have success in this race before winning the Melbourne Cup two months later and resuming stayers can often run a slick 1600m race.
The Moonee Valley track often suits front running types like The Cleaner which won back-to-back in 2014/2015 and also Sunline which won from in front in 2000 before later winning the Cox Plate. Back markers have also had success, however, so it all depends on how the track is playing that day.
The rule of thumb when betting the Feehan Stakes is to back the good horses. With a past winners list that includes Naturalism, Sunline, Northerly, Whobegotyou and Fiorente – it pays to follow the champion horses which find a way to win.
Three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva was also twice-placed in the Feehan.
2022 Feehan Stakes Final Field
The Feehan Stakes field will be announced closer to the running date.
Previous Feehan Stakes Fields
No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Best Of Days James Cummings Brett Prebble 6 59kg 2 Streets Of Avalon Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 3 59kg 3 The Chosen One Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 9 59kg 4 Superstorm Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 5 59kg 5 Sound Mike Moroney Jamie Mott 14 59kg 6 Chapada Mike Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 4 59kg 7 Nonconformist Graheme Begg Jordan Childs 13 59kg 8 Shot Of Irish Scott Brunton Tahlia Hope 8 59kg 9 Dawn Patrol Robert Hickmott Jye McNeil 11 59kg 10 Port Guillaume Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 10 59kg 11 Elephant Emma-Lee & David Browne Luke Currie 1 59kg 12 Sovereign Award Danny O’Brien Ben Allen 7 57kg 13 Realm Of Flowers Anthony & Sam Freedman Craig Williams 12 57kg 14 Sierra Sue Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 2 57kg No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Humidor Chris Waller Damian Lane 1 59kg 2 Regal Power Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 9 59kg 3 Streets Of Avalon Shane Nichols Ben Melham 5 59kg 4 Surprise Baby Paul Pruesker Craig Williams 7 59kg 5 Mahamedeis Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 6 59kg 6 Sircconi Nick Ryan Daniel Stackhouse 4 59kg 7 Exasperate Matthew Brown Brian Higgins 8 59kg 8 Harbour Views Matthew Williams John Allen 2 59kg 9 Coming Around Brent Stanley Craig Newitt 3 59kg
2021 Feehan Stakes result
Recent runnings of the Feehan Stakes
- It took an inch-perfect ride from Damien Oliver, but the Danny O’Brien-trained Superstorm has lipped out the previously undefeated Elephant from the Emma-Lee & David Browne yard. Superstorm put in an eye-catching performance first-up in PB Lawrence Stakes and benefited from an “Oliver special” to claim the $500,000 prize and Cox Plate golden ticket.
- Having taken Winx to with a half-length during their infamous Cox Plate battle, the now Chris Waller-trained Humidor returned to The Valley and recorded an emotional victory in the Feehan Stakes. In his first run for trainer Chris Waller after stints with Lindsey Smith and Ciaron Maher, Humidor won his first race for more than two years when he edged out brave pair Surprise Baby and Harbour Views to grab a ballot-free run into the $5 million Cox Plate.
- Having finished second in this race 12 months prior, the Liam Howley-trained Homesman put 2.5 lengths on his closest rivals when dominating the Feehan Stakes. The win saw the six-year-old gelding book a spot in the Cox Plate following a 10/10 steer from Ben Melham. Homesman was ridden to an easy victory by Ben Melham who came out positive and got a lovely trail into the race on the back of front-runner Trap For Fools. Trap For Fools set a solid tempo in the lead, Homesman gave a kick into the straight before charging home for a dominant victory.
- Most anticipated the 2018 edition of the Dato Tan would be Night’s Watch’s coming out party, but it was Magic Consol that caused the upset. In a surging finish Magic Consol emerged from the pack late to topple US import Homesman and the Weir trained favourite.
- 2017 New Zealand Horse of the Year Bonneval showed why it has that title when winning in 2017. The Baker/Forsman-trained runner opened in the markets at $9, but it has slammed into $4.80 at post time and it was far too strong for them. It sat near the rear of the field before swinging wide around the home turn and quickly ranging up to race-favourite He’s Our Rokki. Abbey Marie chased hard from off its heels, but multiple Oaks winner Bonneval had too much class.
- Awesome Rock earned a ticket into the Cox Plate with a victory over a quality field at long odds. Ridden by Stephen Baster, who copped a 13-day suspension for blocking the run of another horse in the race, Awesome rock proved too strong for Real Love ($41) and Set Square ($8). Awesome Rock was trained by Troy and Leon Corstens. Read a full report.
- The Cleaner made it back-to-back wins in this race by destroying a good field in 2015. Then trained by Mick Burles, the ‘people’s favourite’ went straight to the front and the tight-turning Moonee Valley track played right into its hands. Jockey Noel Callow kicked it two lengths clear at the 200m and it finished off nicely to win by 1.8 lengths over the Chris Waller-trained Bagman and Dibayani who was in third. The beaten brigade included Contributer, Mourinho and Foreteller so the race was strong.
- The first of its two wins in this race, The Cleaner used the same tactics both years running. This time with Steven Arnold in the saddle, it kicked clear during the middle stages of the race and it held off a fast-finishing Mourinho who was trained by Peter Gelagotis (who now trains The Cleaner).
- Fiorente showed that the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes can be a great guide for the Melbourne Cup. The Gai Waterhouse-trained horse won this race by a long head before winning the 2013 Melbourne Cup later that year. It may have only narrowly edged out Spacecraft on this occasion, but it was a key stepping stone for races later in the spring and punters should look for those potential staying types.
- Happy Trails won in 2012 and later competed well in the big group one races during the spring. The Paul Beshara-trained gelding was well-favoured with punters throughout its career and it narrowly held off Green Moon which again showed the strength of this race as a lead-up to the Melbourne Cup. Green Moon later won the 2012 Melbourne Cup so punters need to overlook the distance and back the improving staying types.
- Rekindled Interest was a four-year-old winner in 2011 and it denied Whobegotyou (third) three consecutive wins in the race. The well-bred son of Redoute’s Choice settled near the back of the field and improved around the turn before sprinting late to win by a length. It wasn’t the strongest field in its history, but a career highlight for the winner.
Past Feehan Stakes winners list
|Feehan Stakes Past Winners|
|2021||Superstorm||Damien Oliver||Danny O’Brien|
|2020||Humidor||Damian Lane||Chris Waller|
|2019||Homesman||Ben Melham||Liam Howley|
|2018||Magic Consol||Jordan Childs||Paul Preusker|
|2017||Bonneval||Damian Lane||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman|
|2016||Awesome Rock||Stephen Baster||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|2015||The Cleaner||Noel Callow||Mick Burles|
|2014||The Cleaner||Steven Arnold||Mick Burles|
|2013||Fiorente||Nash Rawiller||Gai Waterhouse|
|2012||Happy Trails||Glen Boss||Paul Beshara|
|2011||Rekindled Interest||Dwayne Dunn||Jim Conlan|
|2010||Whobegotyou||Michael Rodd||Mark Kavanagh|
|2009||Whobegotyou||Damien Oliver||Mark Kavanagh|
|2008||Guillotine||Craig Williams||David Hayes|
|2007||El Segundo||Luke Nolen||Colin Little|
|2006||Lad Of The Manor||Greg Childs||Roger Hoysted|
|2005||Lad Of The Manor||Greg Childs||Roger Hoysted|
|2004||Delzao||Steven King||Greg Kavanagh|
|2003||Natural Blitz||Kerrin McEvoy||Doug Harrison|
|2002||Fields Of Omagh||Damien Oliver||Tony McEvoy|
|2001||Northerly||Damien Oliver||Fred Kersley|
|2000||Sunline||Greg Childs||Trevor McKee|
Feehan Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
|Feehan Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000|
|1990||Better Loosen Up|
|1988||Our Poetic Prince|
|1966||Race Not Held|
|1960||Race Not Held|