Feehan Stakes

Feehan Stakes

Group Two Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, September 3 2022
Location: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Prize Money: $500,000
Distance: 1600m

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

There are no markets yet available for the Feehan Stakes.

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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.

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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

1stSuperstorm ($6.00)
2ndElephant ($2.20)
3rdThe Chosen One ($3.30)

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
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
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
Year Horse
1999 Inaflury
1998 Aerosmith
1997 Arctic Scent
1996 Toil
1995 Beaux Art
1994 Tristalove
1993 Palace Reign
1992 Naturalism
1991 Mannerism
1990 Better Loosen Up
1989 Our Westminster
1988 Our Poetic Prince
1987 Rubiton
1986 Dazzling Duke
1985 King Delamere
1984 Penny Edition
1983 Strawberry Road
1982 Lawman
1981 Lawman
1980 Arbogast
1979 Gondolier
1978 So Called
1977 Vice Regal
1976 Wave King
1975 Tontonan
1974 Arama
1973 Audaciter
1972 Grand Scale
1971 Upstairs
1970 Shorengro
1969 Shorengro
1968 Shorengro
1967 Belltor
1966 Race Not Held
1965 Winfreux
1964 Heroic Stone
1963 Sometime
1962 Royal Belltor
1961 Mardene
1960 Race Not Held
1959 Marlarno
1958 Summalu
1957 On Parade
1956 Arlunya
1955 Townsville
1954 Rising Fast
1953 Quite Talk
1952 Zezette
1951 Iron Duke
1950 Chicquita
1949 Ellerslie
1948 Phoibos
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