Makybe Diva Stakes 2016 Second-Up for Rising Romance

Rising Romance is confirmed to head to the breeding barn after her second Group 1 run of the spring in the 2016 Makybe Diva Stakes this September.

Rising Romance

Rising Romance will kick off her spring in the 2016 Memsie Stakes in late August at Caulfield. Photo: Steve Hart.

The David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained mare has a date at stud confirmed by Hall of Famer David Hayes after her run in the $500,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 10.

That will be her second run of the new season following a first-up bid at Caulfield Racecourse on August 27 in the $500,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m), and she is expected to race on even if she comes into foal.

“She’ll be served after the Makybe Diva and then we’ll continue on with her program,” Hayes told AAP this week.

The Memsie Stakes kicks off elite level racing for the new season and the Lindsay Park operation are also expected to run their Group 2 winning import He Or She in the weight-for-age clash.

A six-year-old son of Kendal Star, He Or She was last seen running eighth behind Winx in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 2 following his Flemington win in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes over the same distance the month before.

His New Zealand-bred stablemate and fellow six-year-old, Rising Romance meanwhile had her last start overseas.

The daughter of Ekraar travelled to Hong Kong in April, but could only manage to finish a distant 10th behind Werther in the Group 1 QEII Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin.

That followed a fourth to Lucia Valentina in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney during ‘The Championships, while Rising Romance’s last turf triumph was back in February of 2014 in New Zealand.

At her peak the Kiwi import enjoyed a 2014 ATC Oaks win as a three-year-old and ran second to the ill-fated Japanese raider Admire Ratki in that year’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), a race she is nominated for again this October.

Last spring Rising Romance ran second in the Makybe Diva Stakes when only a neck off the winner Fawkner, an effort she’ll be out to repeat or go one better than 12 months on.

After her date with a stallion, Rising Romance will return to the track to round out her spring campaign that could include another run in the Caulfield Cup field on October 15.

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