Spring is officially here and the Victorian racing focus shifts across town to Moonee Valley tomorrow, and the feature Group 2 WFA Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes over 1600 metres.
As always, Melbourne racing analyst Trevor Lawson is immersed in the form and has run his ruler over each of the runners.
Like last week’s Memsie Stakes, the Dato features a few class runners who are clearly being directed more toward the Cups later in Spring: The United States is resuming and likes it longer than the mile here, and along with Signoff and Tavago, has other priorities this season.
With the Valley rail out three metres position will be important, and there’s no surer thing than old mate The Cleaner getting forward – he loves the Valley and connections will be hoping his record there helps them defy the curses of old age.
Up there with him should be Miss Rose de Lago, who returned in fine style with a win in the PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield a few weeks back. She’s more than a chance to repeat that here. Right behind her that day were Jacquinot Bay, who should box seat tomorrow, and emergency Entirely Platinum – who looks comfortable if it gets a run.
Also forward will be Mahuta, who maps to get a good trip and is too honest to be discounted, and Suavito, who despite lacking luck in the PB Lawrence made good ground late and is another who seems to enjoy the surrounds of the Valley.
Tosen Stardom presents probably the biggest quandary for punters, having produced first-up before and now being a member of the all-conquering Weir stable. Despite its undoubted class, there’s question marks on condition coming off such a long spell.
Awesome Rock probably doesn’t have the class to compete here, whilst Set Square and Jameka look to be getting back and will probably find it pretty tough to make that up around the tight course.
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