Adamantium to Return on 2013 Makybe Diva Stakes Day

July 29, 2013

deposit $100
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50
bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

New customers only. Exc NSW, SA, WA & VIC. Turnover requirements apply. Promotional T&Cs apply & available on website. Is gambling a problem for you? Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit '

Adamantium to Return on 2013 Makybe Diva Stakes Day

While much of trainer Danny O’Brien’s spring attention is focused on the return of his Newmarket Handicap winner Shamexpress he’s also eyeing an early Group win for Adamantium who is set to return on Makybe Diva Stakes Day 2013.


Shamexpress will return to work in England before coming home to Victoria for the spring. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

A rising five-year-old, Elusive City gelding Adamantium hasn’t raced since their two race salute at Flemington during the summer.

After a two length effort at Victoria’s premier track in mid-December Adamantium stepped up to Group company for the first time in seven months and was successful when winning the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) on New Year’s Day by an easy margin.

Sent for a well-earned break after that the galloper enjoyed a winning jumpout at Flemington last Friday morning, a nice sign ahead of their spring return in the $150,000 Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) also held down the Flemington straight on September 7.

Their first-up run will then help O’Brien determine where to next and whether they can go onto the next level.

“He’ll probably be heading towards the Bobbie Lewis Quality on Makybe Day,” O’Brien told Racing Victoria.

“He may have a run a couple of weeks before then.

“He looks like he’s come back in good shape.”

One horse that has already reached elite level for O’Brien and who is also on track for a big spring is then his O’Reilly colt Shamexpress.

Upset winner of the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington during the autumn the three-year-old has spent the past couple of months in the UK.

They didn’t make much of an impression over there however finishing ninth to Sole Power in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1005m) at Ascot and most recently seventh to Lethal Force in the Group 1 Darley July Cup (1207m).

O’Brien is willing to put those runs behind him however as he prepares to put Shamexpress back into work in England on Thursday this week.

They are then set to return from their time overseas with a shipment of international stars coming over for the big spring features including the Caulfield Cup (October 19), Cox Plate (October 26) and the iconic Melbourne Cup (November 5) on Grand Final Day.

“If we didn’t stay there we wouldn’t have been able to keep working him,” O’Brien said.

“He would have had three weeks quarantine and two weeks at Eastern Creek, whereas this way he can have an uninterrupted run at the spring.

“He’ll go back into work at Newmarket on the 1st of August and we’ll get him ready there.

“He’ll come up out with the first shipment and he’ll arrive back at Werribee on Grand Final Day.

“We’ll work him at Werribee until we bring him back to Flemington.”

Shamexpress will target the Group 1 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival sprints with their grand final goal likely to be the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day, November 9.

To follow O’Brien’s spring contingent this season make sure you bookmark us here at

Then to lock in your spring selections on all the races at the best prices down under head to and open an account with the online sportsbook rewarding its players better.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

All Aged to The Everest 2018 f...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Fin...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Final for The Everest Bound Redzel

Inaugural The Everest champion Redzel has been specifically set for an autumn...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancip...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancipation Stakes Field & Betting

Ron Quinton’s flying five-year-old Daysee Doom is tipped as the mare to beat...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018?

Winx next race? It’s the question always on the horizon after she leaves her...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Winner

The well-supported, clear Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 favourite Written...

Horse Racing Today

Victorian filly So Far Sokool ...

Gai’s 2 head the list of...

Gai’s 2 head the list of nominations for the 2018 Japan Racing Association Plate

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador and Arbeitsam head up the...

Single Gaze looking to the fut...

Single Gaze looking to the future as a brood mare, out of 2018 Sydney Cup

Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze will begin preparations for the upcoming...

Savvy Coup looking for another...

Savvy Coup looking for another Kiwi win in 2018 Australian Oaks

Savvy Coup will be trying to keep the Kiwi fillies strong winning record...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in 2018 Sydney Cup

Damien Oliver has found himself back on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who is...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field