Ethiopia’s Date With Makybe Diva Stakes 2013

August 23, 2013

DEPOSIT $100 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with

$200

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get

$75

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Ethiopia’s Date With Makybe Diva Stakes 2013

After a pleasing gallop between races at Sale on Thursday leading up to their new season debut, connections of last year’s Australian Derby winner Ethiopia have named the 2013 Makybe Diva Stakes as a possible kick-off point for the now five-year-old.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia could finish their spring campaign with another shot at the iconic Melbourne Cup 2013. Photo: Steve Hart.

Pat Carey’s Mornington based Helenus gelding hasn’t raced since their failed one run autumn campaign.

In that they resumed off a five and a half month spell to beat home just one other runner crossing 12 lengths away 17th to Sacred Falls in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in the mud at Randwick on April 20.

Their previous start before that was also a disappointing effort.

Ethiopia failed to handle their distance test in the iconic $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Flemington when dead last beaten nearly 64 lengths by the Lloyd Williams-owned winner Green Moon.

Ethiopia’s time to shine was during their opening prep as a three-year-old last autumn.

They quickly worked their way up through the grades that campaign graduating from a debut at Sale in February to winning the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick that April.

Before their Melbourne Cup loss they showed glimpses of that Derby winning form when an eye-catching fourth behind Kiwi raider Ocean Park in the $3 million Group 1 weight-for-age Cox Plate over 2040m at Moonee Valley in October.

Carey could now give Ethiopia the chance to shine at elite level again this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival naming the newly upgraded $350,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 7 as a possible first-up assignment for them.

“I’m very happy with where he’s at, he’s got a very good base of fitness underneath him,” Carey told TVN after their gallop on Thursday with stable mate Sailsbury.

Ethiopia has been spelling in WA at owner Trevor Delroy’s property enjoying a variety of work to get them back to race fitness including beach gallops and sandhills.

“He’s come back nicely and I’m pretty happy with what he did today,” Carey said.

They’ve also been nominated for all the majors this spring with their form to determine where they go, including entries for the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 19 and this year’s Cox Plate the following Saturday.

In the current Caulfield Cup futures odds Ethiopia is rated a $26 chance, while in early Cox Plate betting they’re at a longer $41 with Carey confirming their focus was the Caulfield Cup.

“I think he’d be well weighted, (around) 54 kilos (in the Caulfield Cup),” Carey said.

“He’d get a fast-run mile-and-a-half in front of him and that would probably suit him.”

Carey admitted however that they still were entertaining dreams of a 2013 Melbourne Cup bid not deterred by last year’s disaster.

“The ambition has always been to get him out to two miles (in the Melbourne Cup),” he said.

To back Ethiopia throughout their spring campaign visit bookmaker.com.au and make sure you’ve got an account open and ready to go with the country’s leading online sportsbook.

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

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 Geo...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 George Moore Stakes

Heavy midweek rainfall in Brisbane has put the George Moore Stakes 2017 run of...

Horse Racing Today

Trapeze Artist heads up 2018 E...

Thronum to chase G1 glory afte...

Thronum to chase G1 glory after 2018 Australia Stakes win

Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig will now step Thronum up to Group 1...

Pierata heads up final field f...

Pierata heads up final field for 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The in-form Greg Hickman trained Pierata heads up a final field of sixteen...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emerge...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

The David Atkins trained Jonker will carry the number one saddlecloth in the...

Pierata chasing huge payday in...

Pierata chasing huge payday in 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The Greg Hickman trained three year old Pierata is in the running for a huge...

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