2015 Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations Feature Mongolian Khan

Co-Caulfield Cup favourite Mongolian Khan is nominated to make his return to racing at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday in the Makybe Diva Stakes 2015 in Melbourne.

Mongolian Khan

Mongolian Khan is one of the headline nominees for Saturday’s 2015 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Holy Roman Emperor stallion will debut as a four-year-old if accepted for the weekend’s $400,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), the weight-for-age classic attracting a bumper 22 nominations.

Mongolian Khan is current $13 co-favourite with Japan’s Fame Game in the pre-field odds at Ladbrokes.com.au for the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 10, but first he’ll look to go back-to-back for the four-year-olds in the Makybe Diva following the success of Dissident (2014) last year.

Other top stayers nominated to resume in the Makybe Diva Stakes include Robert Hickmott’s 2014 Cox Plate runner-up Fawkner who ran second in this race 12 months ago beaten just a nose, the John Sadler-trained import Mutual Regard whose sole run down under was a 14th in the Melbourne Cup last November and Group 1 winning German import Our Ivanhowe who is Cup-bound this prep.

The rest of the nominees will boast the fitness edge should they line-up in the 16 starter final field with previous form this season leading into the mile classic including the Chris Waller-trained Boban.

A five-time Group 1 winner, Boban won the Memsie Stakes first-up over 1400m at Caulfield and will shoot for his sixth elite level this weekend before a freshen-up to be brought back for the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) down the Flemington straight on Derby Day, October 31.

Waller has also nominated for the in-form Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes runner-up from last weekend at Moonee Valley Bagman, eight-year-old Moriarty and French import Weary who ran fourth in the Memsie as he shoots for his second Makybe Diva Stakes win in three years following the success of Foreteller (2013) two years ago.

Another one of the most notable is the Tony McEvoy-trained High Chaparral stallion Alpine Eagle, the four-year-old having run second in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) back in March before a first-up second to Riziz in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) in Adelaide three weeks back.

Other last start placegetters include Team Hawkes’ Memsie Stakes runner-up Entirely Platinum who put in a stellar run to finish a nose off the winner and the Ciaron Maher-trained Reset mare Set Square who won last year’s Crown Oaks over 2500m.

Also in the mix are the likes of 2013 Caulfield Cup runner-up Dandino, Peter Moody’s multiple Group winning stallion Hi World who ran fifth in the Memsie beaten only one and a half lengths, the now David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Kiwi expat Rising Romance and New Zealand-trained Volkstok’n’Barrell who won the Rosehill Guineas last campaign.

Check out the full Makybe Diva Stakes 2015 nominations below then visit Ladbrokes.com.au to sign-up with the bookie offering the best markets on the race this weekend!

2015 Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 12/09/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1x3x1112x2 ALPINE EAGLE H 4 Tony McEvoy 103
2 x343x034x3 AWESOME ROCK H 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 87
3 0930623112 BAGMAN G 9 Chris Waller 105
4 9x970x12x1 BOBAN G 6 Chris Waller 116
5 x25x6624x0 DANDINO (GB) H 9 Darren Weir 105
6 828x2460x2 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 104
7 16x7x2120x FAWKNER G 8 Robert Hickmott 115
8 4x1141x9 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 100
9 1x62307x60 HAPPY TRAILS G 8 Paul Beshara 112
10 x14x2111x5 HI WORLD H 4 Peter G Moody 100
11 0357x214x0 LET’S MAKE ADEAL M 6 Nigel Blackiston 97
12 84618411×0 MAGICOOL G 4 Mark Kavanagh 101
13 101111151x MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker 112
14 1x80429x00 MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 106
15 222x131x0x MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) G 7 John Sadler 102
16 16x1016x7x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 112
17 x8782123x8 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 104
18 7226x122x6 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 110
19 3111x230x2 SET SQUARE M 4 Ciaron Maher 103
20 4124×08119 SMOKIN’ JOEY G 8 Wez Hunter 106
21 x1113213x7 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan 110
22 x130082x24 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 107

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