Sandown Racecourse could be host to the debut run of triple Melbourne Cup winning mare Makybe Diva’s second foal La Dolce Diva this Saturday pending a decision from trainer Mark Kavanagh.
While the legendary Makybe Diva’s first offspring, Galileo colt Rockstardom, has failed to live up to his breeding to date, Kavanagh is hopeful it will be second-time lucky with La Dolce Diva.
Purchased for $1.5 million as a 2009 yearling and now prepared by Danny O’Brien, Rockstardom has had seven starts but is still a maiden having failed to finish better than third and most recently crossing dead last in the Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) at Flemington on Anzac Day.
For her second foal, Makybe Diva was bred with star American stallion and 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, the product being the beautiful chestnut filly La Dolce Diva who attracted $1.2 million at the 2010 Australian Easter Yearling Sales in Sydney.
Kavanagh has entered the impeccably bred youngster for the $70,000 Jim Conway Handicap (1200m) at Sandown Lakeside this Saturday, but is yet to confirm whether she will in fact debut on the day.
La Dolce Diva has had three hitouts so far, most recently displaying her potential when running third at Werribee last Friday.
“She got home pretty strongly down there,” Kavanagh said.
“She’s only learning but she’s getting better all the time.”
Sandown was rated a Slow (7) on Wednesday and Kavanagh said he would only run La Dolce Diva if the track improved.
“I’d like to go to dead otherwise she may got to a race on the Geelong synthetic (track) next Thursday,” the Melbourne Cup-winning trainer said.
“That track (Geelong) is racing terrific and I’m pretty happy to start any of my horses there.”
In fact, the synthetic Geelong track was the venue for Kavanagh’s weight-for-age champion Whobegotyou’s debut win back in May of 2008.
Saturday’s two-year-old fillies maiden at Sandown attracted 10 acceptances, with Part Dress already an early scratching.
La Dolce Diva, to be ridden by Michael Rodd if she starts, drew barrier 10 but would now move into gate nine.
Rodd was also aboard Whobegotyou when they won on debut three years ago.
“She’ll have one run, maybe two, but probably just the one,” Kavanagh continued.
“I think she’s got plenty in front of her and I don’t want to leave it too late to get her back for the spring and the (Crown) Oaks.”
The three-year-old fillies classic, the $1 million Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m), runs at Flemington on Thursday November 3 during the coveted Melbourne Cup Carnival.