Shocking reaffirmed his potential to become a back-to-back Melbourne Cup winner after defeating a quality field in the Group Two Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on Saturday.
The four-year-old improved on his first up seventh in the Group Two JJ Liston Stakes (1400m) last month, and paid well to punters who tried to compare odds prior to the jump.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh was impressed with the run of his 2010 Makybe Stakes winner, which responded to the touch of jockey Michael Rodd perfectly.
The duo sat in the middle of the field due to the wet weather, but Rodd took advantage of the son of Street Cry’s turn of foot to surge though the field and claim a half-length win over Heart Of Dreams.
The runner up gave a last dash attempt to create an upset in what was an eye-catching finish, and defeated Vigor by a further length and a quarter which finished in third.
Danleigh headed into the 2010 Makybe Diva Stakes as the favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au, but hardly looked a threat and finished fourth.
So if you would like to follow Shocking or any other runner this spring then head to Ladbrokes.com.au for the best online odds available.
2010 Makybe Diva Stakes Results
|1||Shocking||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd|
|2||Heart Of Dreams||Mick Price||Damien Oliver|
|3||Vigor (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||James Winks|
|4||Danleigh||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy|
|5||C’Est La Guerre (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||Danny Nikolic|
|6||Zavite (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Ban Melham|
|7||Monaco Consul (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Craig Williams|
|8||Speed Gifted (GB)||Lee Freedman||Luke Nolen|
|9||Sterling Prince (NZ)||Wayne Hillis||Steven King|
|10||Doctor Fremantle (GB)||Lee Freedman||Mark Zahra|
|11||Red Ruler (NZ)||John Sargent||Craig Newitt|
|12||Chartreux||David Hayes||Brad Rawiller|
|13||Master O’Reilly (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Dwayne Dunn|
|14||Mourayan (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall|
|15||Rebel Raider||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop|
|16||Alandi (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Steven Arnold|
|Scratched||Baughurst||Bill & Symon Wilde||Michelle Payne|
|Scratched||Fanjura (IRE)||Lee Freedman||Dwayne Dunn|
|Scratched||Ghostmilk (IRE)||Peter G Moody|