Makybe Diva Stakes Runners - Who are the leading 5 contenders for the Flemington Group 1?

  • Carbon copy field to the Memsie Stakes
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Black Heart Bart

Big time racing returns to Flemington for the running of the $500,000 Makybe Diva Stakes, but are the top five contenders?


It will be conducted at WFA level and initially attracted a field of 13.

Many of them raced each other a fortnight back in the Memsie Stakes which Black Heart Bart won. Can any of those that finished behind him, beat him home this time?

Here are the top five chances in saddlecloth order:

BLACK HEART BART ($2.35 William Hill)

Resumed from a spell to win his 13th race and take his career earning to $2,281,580 when he just outsprinted his rivals to claim the big Group 1 Memsie Stakes last start. Hasn't won this trip yet in his career but the word is that he's on a Cox Plate campaign so 1600m shouldn't be beyond him. What i like about this race is that he's beaten most of these before at this level and scale and can do so again.

OUR IVANHOWE ($12 bet365)

This is a cracking racehorse who might get out in the market because it's a mile and he's fresh. But they are the very reasons he should be respected here. He goes great first up, can sprint well over this trip and he adores the sting out of the ground. They are predicting moisture on Friday and into Saturday so track may well be slow. He won his last start with absolute disdain at Group 1 level. Is now fully acclimitised to Aussie way and is a major player here.

ENTIRELY PLATINUM ($17 Sportsbet)

Is ready to rumble. Has drawn the rails and is the only genuine speed in the race. That's a great recipe. Can ping out and take up a forward position without using any gas. Will accelerate as they turn and put a few lengths on them. Should take running down.

PALENTINO ($7.50 CrownBet)

Ran a corker of a race in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes when an eye-catching 5th to stablemate Black Heart Bart. Fitter now, appreciates this journey and significantly, did win 3rd up last campaign. Rates a big danger.

RISING ROMANCE ($8.50 UBET)

Brilliant mare on her day and her $2,188,245 in stakes earnings thus far underlines all that. Ran a cracking race when resuming in the Memsies for 2nd behind Black Heart Bart. You'd have to concede that on past efforts, she is better suited to this trip than him. Should again make her presence felt in this.

Selections: 1. Black Heart Bart ($2.35 William Hill), 2. Rising Romance, 3. Palentino


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