John F. Feehan Stakes 2021

Saturday September 4, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes is a nice lead-up for Cox Plate types each spring

The Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes – now known as the John F. Feehan Stakes and previously as the Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes due to sponsorship – is a Group 2 race held on a Saturday in early September at Moonee Valley Racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

A mile clash contested over 1600m under weight-for-age conditions, the race ran as the John F Fehan Stakes from 1984 – 2004 and has reverted back to its original name.

The John Feehan Stakes offers a total of $500,000 in prize money having had its stakes doubled in 2021 and takes place on the same day as the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) for the spring sprinters.

It is a nice spring starting point for gallopers targeting Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) back at Moonee Valley in late October.

The last winner to go on and take out the Cox Plate was El Segundo (2007).

Dual Cox Plate winners Fields Of Omagh (2002), Northerly (2001) and the mighty New Zealand-trained mare Sunline (2000) also all have their name on the John F. Feehan Stakes winners’ list.

The John F. Feehan Stakes is also a key lead-up into the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) held at Caulfield. Homesman (2nd in 2018) was the last Underwood Stakes winner to come out of the John F. Feehan Stakes, a race he won the following year (2019) before a second in the Underwood.

In 2020 dual Cox Plate placegetter Humidor made a stunning return in his first run for Chris Waller to win the John F. Feehan Stakes before a next-up Underwood Stakes second and third in that year’s Caulfield Stakes results.

The latest edition of the John F. Feehan Stakes took place on Saturday September 4, 2021 and was narrowly won by the Danny O’Brien-trained Superstorm. 

2021 John F Feehan Stakes Results

The official 2021 John F. Feehan Stakes Results will be published in full below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 4, 2021.

  • 1st: #4 Superstorm
  • 2nd: #11 Elephant
  • 3rd: #3 The Chosen One

The now Danny O’Brien-trained Perth expat Superstorm ($6) was good second-up given a superb rails-hugging ride by the race’s now four-time winning hoop Damien Oliver to score a narrow victory and Cox Plate ballot exemption in the Feehan Stakes 2021 results.

John F. Feehan Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday September 4, 2021
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1948

John F. Feehan Stakes Betting

John F. Feehan Stakes odds are led by proven weight-for-age performers racing first or second-up in the mile showdown who have good records when fresh.

Previous experience at the tight Moonee Valley circuit and runners that have a strong record over 1600m – 2000m also feature highly up the Feehan Stakes betting markets each spring.

Single-figure hopefuls have a strong record in the event including the recent wins by Homesman ($5 in 2019) and Superstorm ($6 in 2021).

There was a notable upset between those two in 2020 however when two-time Cox Plate placegetter Humidor won the event at Feehan Stakes odds of 17/1.

2021 John F. Feehan Stakes Odds

The season’s top John F. Feehan Stakes 2021 odds will be provided below as soon as betting on the Cox Plate lead-up opens.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 John F. Feehan Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

John F. Feehan Stakes Field
Feehan Stakes Winners - Homesman (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) |

2019 Feehan Stakes winner Homesman. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The John F. Feehan Stakes field features a classy line-up of weight-for-age, Cox Plate hopes.

Many are kicking off their spring campaigns in the mile clash and are heading towards tougher spring assignments including the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) three weeks later at Caulfield Racecourse (Sandown in 2021) and the Cox Plate.

In 2015 Mourinho finished sixth in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes, a race he was second to the previous year, before winning the Underwood Stakes next start. The 2014 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes third placed Foreteller also won the Underwood next time out.

Bonneval (2016) was the last galloper to complete the Feehan Stakes – Underwood Stakes double in a single season. In 2018 Homesman improved on a second in the Feehan Stakes to win the Underwood Stakes and later finish runner-up in the Caulfield Cup results. Homesman returned in 2019 to win the John F. Feehan Stakes. In 2020 Humidor won the John F. Feehan Stakes first-up before an Underwood Stakes second.

One lead-up into the race is the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) run at Caulfield in mid-August. In 2015 The Cleaner ran second in the PB Lawrence before successfully defending his Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes title having won the race in 2014.

Another possible lead-up run into the Group 2 is the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in late August, a race the 2013 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes winner Fiorente ran sixth in first-up. Fiorente went on to place third in that year’s Cox Plate before his victory in the iconic Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.

In 2012 Happy Trails ran second in the Memsie Stakes before his Dato’ win. Three starts later he took out the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

2021 John F. Feehan Stakes Field

The official John F. Feehan Stakes 2021 Field & Barriers are released the Wednesday leading-up to The Valley feature, the full line-up to be published below.

Fourteen horses vie for the Ladbrokes Cox Plate ballot exemption in Saturday’s John F. Feehan Stakes 2021 field including PB Lawrence Stakes winning mare Sierra Sue and former Perth galloper Superstorm who was runner-up in the 2020 $5 million The All-Star Mile.

  • Scratched: #12 Sovereign Award (7)

2021 John F. Feehan Stakes Nominations

The early John F. Feehan Stakes 2021 Nominations are out on the Monday of race week and will be announced in full below.

Recent P.B. Lawrence Stakes winning mare Sierra Sue is one of the headlined 2021 John F. Feehan Stakes nominations after being scratched from last weekend’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x720872x0 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 7 Tom Dabernig 1 59kg 110
2 09221420×5 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 8 James Cummings 2 59kg 106
3 151132113x EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 58.5kg 108
4 8734x2606x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 4 59kg 107
5 4x1167x287 STREETS OF AVALON G 7 Shane Nichols 5 59kg 110
6 621x62309x SOUND (GER) H 9 Michael Moroney 6 59kg 104
7 22x90736x4 SUPERSTORM G 5 Danny O’Brien 7 59kg 104
8 193x73590x CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 8 59kg 102
9 111x8510x0 SOVEREIGN AWARD M 6 Danny O’Brien 9 57kg 101
10 862x62251x REALM OF FLOWERS M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 10 57kg 102
11 x97x060411 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 57kg 105
12 719x3502x6 NONCONFORMIST G 5 Grahame Begg 12 59kg 100
13 2313616x2x DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 13 59kg 103
14 5153×29211 HI STRANGER G 5 Shane Fliedner 14 59kg 98
15 11x1510x PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 15 59kg 103
16 52x14x4x4x CORMORANT (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 16 59kg 99
17 1x111x1 ELEPHANT (NZ) G 5 Emma-Lee & David Browne 17 59kg 82
18 13x500x707 KINANE (NZ) G 5 Michael Kent 18 59kg 80
19 826370×433 SHOT OF IRISH G 7 Scott Brunton 19 59kg 89

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

John F. Feehan Stakes Tips

Sticking with horses under $10 for the win with experience in Group 1 company, proven form at Moonee Valley Racecourse and that have ability in weight-for-age races are good Feehan Stakes Stakes tips.

Looking at runners that finished in the top four in the Memsie Stakes and that contested the previous year’s race are also helpful tips when it comes to Place and Exotic bets on the Group 2 feature.

2021 Feehan Stakes Tips

Our insider John F. Feehan Stakes 2021 best bet will be published below the week of the race so stay tuned.

  • To Win: #14 Sierra Sue ($5.50 at time of publish) 

Tipping Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young’s in-form mare Sierra Sue to post her third win on the trot and claim this consolation prize after being scratched from last weekend’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes. Time to overcome the foot abscess and she should be ready to return here a week on from her original target. Good winning Caulfield’s Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes over 1400m and has winning form up to 1700m. She’s drawn well and will take some beating if all goes to plan.

Feehan Stakes Form Guide

The Feehan Stakes form guide features all the crucial information for punters including saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, barriers and the lead-up runs of the horses in the field. The John F. Feehan Stakes form has held up in many Group 1 spring races in recent years including the Cox Plate.

In 2013 Fiorente won the race before a third in the Cox Plate. Other  winners to finish third in the Cox Plate in the same season include Rekindled Interest (2011) and Whobegotyou (2010).

2021 Feehan Stakes Form Guide

A link to our detailed John F. Feehan Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Dato Tan Chin Nam / Feehan Stakes Results

Horses under $10 for the win have dominated the John F. Feehan Stakes results of the past decade.

Notable winners of the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes – now the Feehan Stakes – include dual Cox Plate placegetter Humidor (2020), The Cleaner (2014-15), Fiorente (2013), Whobegotyou (2009-10) and El Segundo (2007).

Dato’ Tan Chin Nam / Feehan Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Superstorm Elephant The Chosen One 1:38.75
2020 Humidor Surprise Baby Harbour Views 1:36.18
2019 Homesman Mahamedeis Best Of Days 1:37.04
2018 Magic Consol Homesman Night’s Watch 1:36.5
2017 Bonneval Abbey Marie Rhythm To Spare 1:37.3
2016 Awesome Rock Real Love Set Square 1:37.0
2015 The Cleaner Bagman Dibayani 1:36.3
2014 The Cleaner Mourinho Foreteller 1:35.9
2013 Fiorente Spacecraft Lidari 1:37.2
2012 Happy Trails Green Moon Rekindled Interest 1:35.5
2011 Rekindled Interest Alcopop Whobegotyou 1:37.6
2010 Whobegotyou Typhoon Tracy Shoot Out 1:39.6
2009 Whobegotyou Mic Mac Jolie’s Shinju 1:37.3
2008 Guillotine Casual Pass Tears I Cry 1:35.9
2007 El Segundo Haradasun Cinque Cento 1:36.2
2006 Lad Of The Manor Apache Cat Spinney 1:35.8
2005 Lad Of The Manor Makybe Diva Fields of Omagh 1:37.6
2004 Delzao Makybe Diva Studebaker 1:42.5
2003 Natural Blitz Vocabulary De Gaulle Lane 1:36.7
2002 Fields Of Omagh Magical Miss Le Zagaletta 1:40.4
2001 Northerly Sunline Sir Clive 1:37.1
2000 Sunline Le Zagaletta Citra’s Prince 1:37.9