The Makybe Diva Stakes is the feature race at Flemington this Saturday and it has drawn a stellar field of quality gallopers.
Hartnell returned to the races with an excellent win in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes and he is a dominant favourite in our 2017 Makybe Diva Stakes betting market.
Can Hartnell add another Group 1 win to his resume or will there be a Makybe Diva Stakes upset? We have analysed every single horse in the 2017 Makybe Diva Stakes field and our thoughts on each runner can be found below.
Hartnell is a clear favourite in Makybe Diva Stakes betting markets and it is extremely to see why. He easily accounted for his rivals in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes and he is normally a horse that takes big improvement from his first-up run – be bolted in to win the Chelmsford Stakes second-up last Spring. At his best he can go to a level that can’t be matched by any other horse in this field and he is deserving of his place as odds-on favourite.
Black Heart Bart
The jury was out on Black Heart Bart after his first-up run in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes, but he returned to a semblance of his best form with a second place finish behind Vega Magic in the Memsie Stakes. He doesn’t have the same amount of upside as Hartnell, but he is an ultra-consistent horse and another Group 1 placing looks likely.
Le Romain has not been disgraced in either of his race starts this campaign, but he hasn’t reached the heights that we saw in the Autumn when he beat Chautauqua to win the Canterbury Stakes. He would need to improve significantly on his Memsie Stakes performance to have any chance and he looks to have found his right price.
Tavago is first-up in the Makybe Diva Stakes and he should take improvement from this run as he heads towards races like the Caulfield Cup. He is not a winning chance here and should be double his current price.
Gailo Chop returned to winning form with a win in the Penny Edition Stakes, but his race is significantly tougher. He is capable of a spike performance on his day, but he will need luck from barrier one and it is tough to see him beating the likes of Hartnell or even Black Heart Bart.
Humidor is heading in the right direction this campaign and his performances in both the P.B. Lawrence Stakes and the Memsie Stakes have been better than they look on paper. The wide barrier draw is an advantage as he will be able to find clear-running at the top of the straight and the $3.50 for him to finish in the placings is not the worst gamble in this race. He will be ready to fire in the Underwood Stakes.
Ventura Storm started his Spring Racing Carnival campaign in the Heatherlie Stakes and was never able to get into the race. This is tougher and I don’t think that the drop back in distance will suit.
There was a lot to like about the return of Jon Snow in the Memsie Stakes and along with his stablemate Bonneval and Hartnell looks liked one of the leading contenders for the Caulfield Cup. I doubt he can win a race of this quality over 1600 metres, but he should be hitting the line strongly once again.
Hey Doc won the Aurie’s Star Handicap first-up and he finished a credible fourth behind Vega Magic in the Memsie Stakes. That is probably his level and he would need to produce a career best performance to have any chance of winning the Makybe Diva Stakes.
Inference was never able to get into the race in the Warwick Stakes and it is very tough to back him in this race off that effort. He won the Royal Randwick Guineas over a mile in the Autumn, but that was on a very heavy track and the rest of his form is not up to that level. I would be surprised if he is able to measure up in this company.
The jury is out on Seaburge after he finished at the tail of the field in the Memsie Stakes. That was his fourth disappointing performance in a row and he is deserving of his place as the extreme outsider in this field.
This is still short of Single Gaze’s best trip and she will benefit from this run. She should improve on her Memsie Stakes effort, but isn’t a winning chance in a race of this quality.