Flemington Racing Preview

2016 Makybe Diva Stakes Day Preview

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Race 1 - 12:25pm

Sofitel Girl’s Day Out Handicap (1400m)

A fairly open betting race to start proceeding on Makybe Diva Stakes Race Day. Leading trainer Darren Weir has two of the top chances with Black Tomahawk and Try Four. Black Tomahawk is overdue for a win after visiting the runner’s up stall at his last three starts while Try Four is chasing his fourth win on the trot after wins at Sandown, Bendigo and Morphettville.

2 Units Black Tomahawk

Race 2 - 1:00pm

Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m)

The Cap D’Antibes Stakes has attracted a near capacity field of fillies with nineteen final acceptors. Equal top weight Missrock is among the top chances in another wide open betting race. The Robbie Laing trained Missrock showed her class during the Sydney Autumn Carnival with a first up win in the Group 3 Percy Stakes Stakes. My Country is another with a good first up record and she is also facing the starter for the first time since winning in Listed company during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

2 Units Missrock

Race 3 - 1:35pm

Starlight Express Room Stakes (1400m)

Trainer John O’Shea has decided to switch Tessera from Sydney to Melbourne and he gets his chance to breakthrough for another win in the Starlight Express Room Stakes. Tessera has had one run back from a spell for a seventh to stablemate Astern in the Run To The Rose (1200m) and the extra distance of the 1400m will suit. Seaburge will be better for a first fourth in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield and will wear the winkers for the first time. Many chances in a hard race.

1 Unit Tessera

Race 4 - 2:15pm

The Sofitel (1400m)

Tashbeeh is facing a huge drop in class after running fourth to Black Heart Bart last start in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield and will be hard to beat in the Listed The Sofitel. Prince Of Brooklyn is working his way up through the classes and gets is chance to mix it in better company this week. Bon Aurum is another on the up and South Australian Derby runner up Cool Chap could run a cheeky race first up.

3 Units Tashbeeh

Race 5 - 2:50pm

Danehill Stakes (1200m)

Another open race for the three year olds down the Flemington straight with a t least five of the runners under the $10 mark. The Sydney colt Defcon is back in Melbourne after scoring a decisive win in the Group 3 McNeil and will be one of the main chances again. Highland Beat finished second to Defcon and certain to be in the firing line again and Kiwi colt Saracino comes to Flemington on the back of a win in the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa.

2 Units Defcon

Race 6 - 3:30pm

Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m)

Stradbroke Handicap winner Under The Louvre showed that he is back in form when he produced his customary late dash to run second to the speedy Redzel in the Group 3 The Resimax Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield. Under The Louvre will be doing his best over the concluding stages and more than likely will be chasing down Kiwi four year old Xtravagant who races from the front. Kinglike is also well in betting and is a winner down the Flemington straight when he took out the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) twelve months ago.

1 Unit Under The Louvre

Race 7 - 4:10pm

Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m)

The Darren Weir trained Black Heart Bart has the form on the board and has a stranglehold on the betting and will start a very short priced favourite and the way he won the Group 1 Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield it is hard to see him getting beaten here. Stablemate Palentino will appreciate coming back to Flemington where he won the Group 1 Australian Guineas in the Autumn and will be running on. Rising Romance will also be doing her best work at the finish as she did when runner up to Black Heart Bart in the Memsie Stakes. Doomben Cup winner Our Ivanhowe is ready to return to the track and a good first up performance wouldn’t surprise.

4 Units Black Heart Bart

Race 8 - 4:50pm

Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m)

A capacity field of sixteen mares are set to line up in the Let’s Elope Stakes and the openness of the race is reflected in the market order at Ladbrokes.com.au. Badawiya and Don’t Doubt Mamma are battling it out for favouritism and both are winners over the same course and distance as the Let’s Elope Stakes. The Mick Price trained Badawiya is resuming and has a good first up record while Don’t Doubt Mamma will have the benefit of one run under her belt after running fifth in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. Thames Court and Telopea also have the advantage of recent racing when second and third in the Cockram Stakes.

1 Unit Badawiya

1 Unit Don’t Doubt Mamma

Race 9 - 5:25pm

Spring Is The Season Handicap (1700m)

The Darren Weir trained Royal Rapture can continue on his winning way as he chases his fourth win on the trot in the Spring Is The Season Handicap. Pilote D’Essai could be the one to end the winning run of Royal Rapture with two seconds from his last two starts but he has to overcome barrier fifteen in the sixteen horse field. Seven year old Big Memory and South Australian Derby winner Howard Be Thy Name could both run well fresh.

1 Unit Royal Rapture

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