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Peter Moody’s autumn revelation Manighar will begin their 2012 Cox Plate campaign in earnest at Flemington this Saturday with the evergreen seven-year-old to race first-up in the $300,000 Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).
It is shaping up as an intriguing edition of the Makbye Diva this year with other notable nominations for the weight-for-age feature including the returning December Draw, 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient, NZ Oaks champ Miss Artistic and last year’s Caulfield Cup hero Southern Speed.
Manighar is sure to jump one of the top fancies after their devastating autumn – winter which was their first preparation under Moody’s training.
“He has had some time off after his Brisbane campaign and I’m pleased with how he has been working in preparation for the Makybe Diva,” Moody said
Formerly prepared in England by ace horseman Luca Cumani, who prepared them for two Melbourne Cup Carnival campaigns down under, the Linamix gelding stayed on in Australia and was sent to Moody at the end of last year.
It was a successful partnership right from the word go with Manighar winning the Group 3 TS Carlyon Cup (1600m) first-up for Moody at Caulfield in February.
That was just a taste of what was to come however with the horse, and Moody’s, autumn carnival highlighted by a winning Group 1 triple with Manighar winning the Australian Cup, Ranvet Stakes and The BMW on the trot.
He would also run a brave second to glamour mare More Joyous in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes when stepped back down in distance.
Manighar was last seen running third to Mawingo in the Doomben Cup in Brisbane on May 19, Anthony Freedman’s Doomben Cup winner also set to run in Saturday’s Makybe Diva Stakes.
After the Makybe the plan for Manighar is to then go to the $400,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on September 22, the $400,000 Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 13, and then their grand final goal – the $3 million Group 1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 27.
“The plan at this stage to run him in the Makybe Diva, then the Underwood Stakes and Caulfield Stakes before the Cox Plate,” Moody confirmed.
Current Cox Plate odds at bookmaker.com.au are led by Gai Waterhouse’s unbeaten colt Pierro ($5) ahead of their champion stablemate More Joyous ($7).
Manighar meanwhile occupies the fifth line of Cox Plate betting at a quote of $15, a price sure to shorten if they win their first-up assignment on Saturday.
Moody meanwhile has also nominated for his ATC Oaks third placegetter Thy in the Makybe Diva.
The four-year-old O’Reilly mare however is likely to bypass the race and be saved for the $150,000 Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield Racecourse on September 22.
“Thy is promising but I don’t think I’ll run her Saturday,” Moody said.
“I might wait for the Naturalism Stakes in a couple of weeks as that is a more suitable race for her.”
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