Makybe Diva Stakes Tips - Hartnell’s race to lose

  • Top three rated likely to fill the Trifecta.
  • Second-up spike expected from Hartnell.
Craig Williams riding Hartnell

Although Saturday’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington is full of classy gallopers, there is absolutely no doubt as to who stands tallest on that list.

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The handicap rating has Hartnell, Black Heart Bart and Le Romain equal on 115, but Hartnell easily had Bart’s measure when both horses where resuming in the PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m), and Bart subsequently defeated Le Romain in the Memsie Stakes where the pair finished 2nd and 3rd respectively behind Vega Magic.

As well as his previous accomplishments, a look at Hartnell’s form last spring reveals what a high-class galloper he really is.

In six starts last spring, the son of Authorized finished runner-up to Winx in the Warwick Stakes (1400m), won the Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) by 7.8 lengths, he was just as impressive winning the Hill Stakes (1800m) by 5.8 lengths and then he travelled to Melbourne and belted subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Jameka by 3.3 lengths in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

He then finished runner-up to Winx in the Cox Plate (2040m) before putting in arguably his gutsiest performance when 3rd in the Melbourne Cup (3200m).

His second-up effort in the Chelmsford Stakes last campaign was one of the easiest victories you will see, and if he brings that form on Saturday, nothing will get near him.

But at $1.75, there really isn’t a lot of value backing him. 

Unfortunately for punters, Black Heart Bart and Le Romain are likely to fill the placings and there is just as little value in backing the pair for the Place.

Le Romain comes into the race fourth-up, and he’s finished runner-up in all four third-up runs – so it’s hard to see him missing the placings.

Black Heart Bart still has upside and is one of the most consistent gallopers in the country, and if the track stays in the Good range, he should be fighting it out too.

The best value may be to take a Trifecta with Hartnell to win, and Bart and Le Romain boxed for 2nd and 3rd.

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