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Master Sydney trainer Chris Waller will give his last start Memsie Stakes winner Boban the chance at a sixth Group 1 win with the galloper set to contest the 2015 Makybe Diva Stakes in Melbourne this weekend.
Last start on August 29 at Caulfield Racecourse the Bernardini six-year-old repeated what he did in Brisbane last time in and won at elite level first-up.
Emulating the effort of his Doomben 10,000 success back in May, Boban went out as a $6 chance in an open market for the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and enjoyed a narrow win in the final stride after a gallant late run up the inside with Glyn Schofield in the saddle once again.
This weekend he backs-up with a run in Victoria running in the $400,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse.
It will be the horse’s first Melbourne run in 12 months since contesting the same weight-for-age feature last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Last year Boban ran fifth behind he since retired Dissident in both the Memsie and Makybe Diva Stakes, and after an improved effort in the former last time out he’ll be looking for another win this weekend to add to his imposing $2.79 million in prize money.
After the Makybe Diva Stakes, Waller has Boban on a mission towards the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) back at the track but over less distance on Emirates Stakes Day in the first week of November.
That run down the straight will be in preparation hopefully for an overseas bid targeting next year’s Royal Ascot carnival in England and a run in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) in June, a race famously won in 2012 by Australia’s darling of racing Black Caviar.
“He’ll go to the Makybe Diva Stakes and after that we’ll freshen him up for the Darley Classic on the last day (of the Melbourne Cup Carnival) with a view of a dream trip to Ascot if he ran well,” Waller said.
“That’s why we want to get him a tilt up the straight.”
Waller also has French import Weary, who ran a credible fourth beaten under one and a half lengths in the Memsie Stakes, on way to the Makybe Diva Stakes this weekend.
Other Memsie Stakes graduates in the Makybe Diva mix include Kiwi expat Rising Romance (6th) who will have Damian Lane in the saddle in place of Michael Rodd and New Zealand-trained Rosehill Guineas winner Volkstok’n’barrell (7th) who Craig Williams will partner instead of Blake Shinn.
Shinn will instead be aboard this year’s ATC Oaks winning mare Gust Of Wind this weekend, Joshua Parr having ridden the now four-year-old daughter of Darci Brahma for her first-up ninth in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on August 22.
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