The 71st John F Feehan Stakes Fact Sheet

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The 71st John F Feehan Stakes

1600m / Group 2 / Weight for age / First run: 1949

The John F. Feehan Stakes was first officially conducted (under that name) at Moonee Valley on Saturday, September 10, 1949 over 8 furlongs. Run at WFA (with no allowances to geldings), the race went to Ellerslie, owned by Mr W.R. Kemball and prepared by his private trainer Ken Hilton. Ridden by Bill Williamson, Ellerslie was a very capable galloper, later capturing features such as the Cantala, Memsie, Underwood, Orr, Linlithgow (x2) and Liston Stakes and being runner-up in the 1952 Cox Plate

At the corresponding MVRC Meeting (a year earlier in 1948), the Club staged the “forerunner” to the Feehan, the Glenroy Stakes (at WFA over 8 furlongs) which was won by Phoibos

The distance has remained a constant 1600m (or 8 furlongs), however the weight conditions have altered since inception. In 1955, the Feehan became a Handicap but then reverted to WFA in 1975. The race was run at Sandown (1976) and Caulfield (1995) and was divided in 1972

Usually staged in mid/late September, the Feehan now resides in early September, and was known as the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes from 2005 to 2018

The Feehan honour roll contains greats such as Rising Fast, Sunline, Northerly, Better Loosen Up, Strawberry Road, Rubiton, Winfreux and Chicquita

Multiple winners are Shorengro (x3) and dual winners The Cleaner, Whobegotyou, Lad of the Manor and Lawman

Leading the trainer’s table is M.J. (Maurie) Willmott who won the race with Shorengro (1968/1969/1970) and Grand Scale (1972). George Hanlon and David Hayes are next with three wins apiece

Harry White is leading rider with six victories – Bellition (1967), Shorengro (1968/1969), Arama (1974), Rubiton (1987) and Our Westminster (1989). On four wins each are Greg Childs and Damien Oliver

Profile

Year T/R Winner Trainer Jockey A/S OR
2019 G4-TRUE HOMESMAN L HOWLEY B MELHAM 6G 110
2018 G4-TRUE MAGIC CONSOL P PREUSKER J CHILDS 9G 93
2017 G4-2M BONNEVAL TEAM BAKER D LANE 4M 107
2016 G4-3M AWESOME ROCK TEAM CORSTENS S BASTER 5H 103
2015 G4-TRUE THE CLEANER M BURLES N CALLOW 8G 109
2014 G3-TRUE THE CLEANER M BURLES S ARNOLD 7G 105
2013 G3-TRUE FIORENTE G WATERHOUSE N RAWILLER 6H 111
2012 G3-TRUE HAPPY TRAILS P BESHARA G BOSS 5G 105
2011 G4-TRUE REKINDLED INTEREST J CONLAN D DUNN 4G 100
2010 S6-TRUE WHOBEGOTYOU M KAVANAGH M RODD 5G 115

T/R: (Track/Rail):

Rail is again True this year and a Good rated surface has been the norm

Trainers:

Paul Preusker (Surprise Baby) is the solitary trainer with a 2020 runner who has prepared a Feehan winner previously (Magic Consol-2018). Brent Stanley (Coming Around) rode his 1996 Caulfield Cup winner Arctic Scent to victory in the 1997 Feehan Stakes

Jockeys:

Ben Melham (2019), Damian Lane (2017) and Craig Williams (2008) are past Feehan winners with mounts in 2020

OR (Official Handicap Rating):

The past 10 winners have held ratings from a low of 93 (Magic Consol-2018) to a high of 115 (Whobegotyou-2010), with the majority (8) rated from 103-115

Punting

Year Winner BR Field SP FAV FP
2019 HOMESMAN 13 15 $4.40F FIFTY STARS 7TH
2018 MAGIC CONSOL 7 11 $3.40F NIGHT'S WATCH 3RD
2017 BONNEVAL 7 8 $4.40F STAR EXHIBIT LR
2016 AWESOME ROCK 2 14 $6.50F THE UNITED STATES 6TH
2015 THE CLEANER 6 11 $2.20F CONTRIBUTER 5TH
2014 THE CLEANER 2 11 $4.40F THE CLEANER 1ST
2013 FIORENTE 2 10 $2.60F SUPER COOL 4TH
2012 HAPPY TRAILS 10 12 $4F GREEN MOON 2ND
2011 REKINDLED INTEREST 10 10 $1.65F WHOBEGOTYOU 3RD
2010 WHOBEGOTYOU 3 8 $2.70F SHOOT OUT 3RD

Barriers:

Nothing overly meaningful in the barrier stats over the past decade. Drawing out is no disadvantage. Northerly (2001) is the latest winner to jump from gate 1

SP (Favourite):

Favourite has had a lousy time over the last 10 editions with The Cleaner (2014) the sole winner. Overall, 24 Feehan favourites have saluted in the 70 runnings of the race (34% Strike-Rate)

Longshots:

1955 winner Townsville (33/1) is the longest-priced Feehan winner, followed by $31 winners Awesome Rock (2016) and Guillotine (2008)

Hotpots:

Sunline (2000) is the shortest-priced winner (2/11f). Another great mare (Chicquita) started 1/2f when victorious in 1950

Performance

Year Winner A/S OR Last Start L3 Next Race
2019 HOMESMAN 6G 110 1ST UP 1ST UP 2nd Underwood
2018 MAGIC CONSOL 9G 93 1st Winter Final 4-1-1. SPELL
2017 BONNEVAL 4M 107 1ST UP 1ST UP 1st Underwood
2016 AWESOME ROCK 5H 103 10th Lawrence 10 5th Underwood
2015 THE CLEANER 8G 109 2nd Lawrence 2 3rd Underwood
2014 THE CLEANER 7G 105 1st MV 1600m Hcp 1-2-1. 1st JRA Cup
2013 FIORENTE 6H 111 6th Memsie 6 4th Turnbull
2012 HAPPY TRAILS 5G 105 2nd Memsie 1-2. 5th Turnbull
2011 REKINDLED INTEREST 4G 100 4th Memsie 2-4. 5th Turnbull
2010 WHOBEGOTYOU 5G 115 2nd Memsie 2 3rd Caul Stks

Last Start:

Going to the Feehan first-up didn’t appear the winning option until Bonneval (2017), then Homesman last year replicated that feat. Memsie form did feature prominently when the two races were separated by 14 days (now 7 days)

L3 (Last 3 Starts):

Fitness/Winter winning form has returned two winners in a decade in Magic Consol (he was coming off a 9-week let-up) and The Cleaner

Next Race:

Just 2 out of the last 10 Feehan winners went to further victory at their next start. The most recent winner of the Feehan to win the Cox Plate is El Segundo (2007)

Pros & Cons

Negative:

While it’s not uncommon for horses to feature in the Feehan via established Winter form, both Exasperate and Coming Around enter this year’s race faced with a very stiff class rise. With a base rating currently of 90, both horses do appear to have a challenge

Beware:

6 of the past 10 Feehan winners came via a WFA race, 2 were first-up while the other 2 were last start winners. This pattern also holds true for the previous 20 runnings of the Feehan (1990-2009). Beaten a lip last week in the Heatherlie Hcp, Sircconi sits narrowly outside this form-related trend

Positive:

Despite the unfavourable 10-year stats relating to the favourite, maybe one’s overdue and Surprise Baby can deliver and book himself a spot in the 2020 Cox Plate. Fourth (when first-up) in last year’s Feehan, he finds a field size (8) much more advantageous than last year’s 15

Mahamedeis came off a BM90 (1200m) to run second in the 2019 Feehan (beating Surprise Baby by a head). He has improved his handicap mark by 10 points since and arrives at the Feehan via a last start victory (a positive stat)

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