2019 Makybe Diva Stakes Day Preview

Race 1 - 12:30pm

Very Special Kids Pin And Win Plate (2500m)

Harrison will take good improvement into his second campaign run on Saturday and will relish a rise in trip, and a return to HQ. The son of Sixties Icon mustered a decent turn of foot to finish on the placegetters’ heels at The Valley three weeks ago and there is virtually no doubt that these conditions will be far more appropriate for him. This is a decent field of stayers, but he is up to the class and is a live each-way chance of winning.

1 Unit E/W Harrison

Race 2 - 1:05pm

Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m)

The Cap D’Antibes is always a good contest and this year’s edition looks like being no exception to that rule. It is also shaping as one of the most open races on Makybe Diva Stakes Day and at publish, we’re faced with around $5 the field.

Given this is a dash down the straight, I’ll be happy to have something each-way on the Godolphin-trained Athiri at her current price ($8). She returned several pleasing efforts and results as a two-year-old and has so-far finish fifth in a couple of black type races in Sydney this time in. Craig Williams jumps in the saddle and the horse looks ready to do something third-up.

1 Unit E/W Athiri

Race 3 - 1:40 pm

Listed Exford Plate (1400m)

Missile Mantra returned a fair effort first-up a fortnight ago but will take good improvement into her second-up appearance in the Exford Plate and is up to winning. The Smart Missile filly was undefeated during her debut prep, which included a smart win at Listed level, and she should be able to get some cover from barrier 13 on Saturday, before calling on her turn of foot.

1.5 Units E/W Missile Mantra

Race 4 - 2:15pm

Listed The Sofitel (1400m)

Tarwin hasn’t been seen at the races since April, but he is a talented galloper and can make a winning return in The Sofitel, at a price. The Americain gelding has recorded three wins and a close-up second through only four career starts and has had the benefit of a trial in the lead-up to this race. If he returns in anything close to his autumn form, he’ll take a power of beating.

2 Units E/W Tarwin

Race 5 - 2:50pm

Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m)

The field that has accepted for this year’s Danehill Stakes is outstanding and there is a case to be made for more than half of the eleven confirmed starters.

South Australian Dalasan has returned to the races in slick form again this time and looks up to winning again. The Dalakhani colt recorded two wins when debuting in autumn and ended his prep second in the Group 2 VRC Sires’, and there was a lot to like about the way he hit the line to win the Group 3 Spring Stakes four weeks ago; beating the likes of subsequent Group 1 winner Scales Of Justice. There isn’t better form than that leading into this race and the colt will only improve.

2 Units Dalasan

Race 6 - 3:30pm

Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m)

Fundamentalist was arguably out of her depth when she stepped out in the Memsie Stakes second-up, but she’ll take good improvement into her third campaign start and will relish a return to mares’ company in the Let’s Elope Stakes. The four-year-old was unlucky not to record a win at the highest level in autumn, and there was a lot to like about her first-up run for third in the Regal Roller Stakes. She’s drawn well and will take beating – the $6 on offer at publish is over the odds.

2 Units Fundamentalist

Race 7 - 4:10pm

Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m)

This is an outstanding edition of the Makybe Diva Stakes, but it is extremely difficult to find a case for Mystic Journey not just winning again. The Needs Further mare has now recorded seven-consecutive wins and resumed this time for an easy win in the Group 2 PB Lawrence. Her two career best performances to date were recorded at this track and distance and she’s sure to have improved from her first-up run.

Kings Will Dream was good off a long layoff, a bad injury and in less than ideal conditions when fifth in the Group 1 Winx Stakes and he looks to be the value in Makybe Diva Stakes betting. The Casamento gelding’s form at HQ is good and he is another horse that will relish getting out to a mile.

4 Units Mystic Journey

1 Unit E/W Kings Will Dream

Race 8 - 4:50pm

Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m)

The Bobbie Lewis is set to be the most open race on 2019 Makybe Diva Stakes Day and at publish, we’re faced with $6 the field.

Streets Of Avalon is typically outstanding down the Flemington straight and looks a live chance again, at a price. The Magnus gelding won multiple black type races last time in and beat the likes of Theanswermyfriend and Widgee Turf here at HQ. He’ll enjoy good improvement off his run in The Heath and can fight out the finish.

0.5 E/W Streets Of Avalon

Race 9 - 5:25pm

Vale Russell Cameron (1700m)

Captain Cook has improved with two starts this time and is primed to win the last on Makybe Diva Stakes Day. The seven-year-old gelding mustered an eye-catching turn of foot to run on for second in the Listed Heatherlie at Caulfield last time out and should be able to find a good position in transit from a central draw. With even luck, he’s up to winning a race of this quality.

2 Units Captain Cook