O’Brien Stars Dominate 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations

September 7, 2020

O’Brien Stars Dominate 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations

Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien dominates the Makybe Diva Stakes 2020 nominations for Saturday with five of the 20 early entries led by his resuming SA Derby champ Russian Camelot.

Russian Camelot Horse Form (Photo: Jenny Barnes) | Races.com.au

SA Derby winner Russian Camelot heads the 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes nominations for his first-up run this weekend. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

The Group 1 $750,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington is shaping-up as an intriguing spring showdown between a number of returning staying stars and some in-form milers.

Current all-in favourite at Makybe Diva Stakes odds of $3 through Ladbrokes.com.au to win first-up as a four-year-old is O’Brien’s classy Camelot entire Russian Camelot.

Clear favourite for his first-up run, the galloper went out a two-time winner including his big win over Dalasan in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) on May 9.

O’Brien has also nominated for his Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare who failed to win in his three autumn runs earlier in the year, consistent import Orderofthegarter who is up in grade here, last year’s VRC Oaks heroine Miami Bound and Adelaide Cup champ King Of Leogrance.

Russian Camelot and King Of Leogrance were put through their paces in a gallop at Moonee Valley on Saturday and the stable is confident in their condition ahead of Saturday’s feature.

“They had a really nice gallop, we’ve been really happy with them both at home,” O’Brien’s assistant trainer Ben Gleeson told Racing.com on the weekend.

“Russian Camelot goes into next weekend very fit with a lot of improvement to come so we have no qualms about him seeing out the mile first up.

“Physically he (Russian Camelot) looks amazing.”

Outside of the favourite Russian Camelot, it is a wide-open early market for the Makybe Diva Stakes in 2020 with Fierce Impact ($7) considered the danger.

SA Derby runner-up Dalasan ($8) is in for a rematch with his conqueror in the Group 1 and presents fit third-up for Saturday.

The Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Dalakhani stallion has a strong record at HQ (5:2-1-0) and is back in Melbourne for the first time since running only 1.5 lengths back fifth as a $61 roughie in the $5 million All-Star Mile at Caulfield during the autumn.

He has had five runs since at home in South Australia for two Black-Type wins, the SA Derby second and a further two Black-Type placings this time in.

Trainer Chris Waller, fresh off his incredible Group 2 Feehan Stakes success with new stable acquisition Humidor, has just the one entry with Kings Will Dream ($8) well-supported on the back of his first-up third in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m).

Star WA mare Perfect Jewel ($8) coming off a Group 3 Cockram Stakes win at Caulfield and one-time Caulfield Cup favourite Master Of Wine ($9) for Hawkes Racing are also under double-figures in pre-field betting on the Makybe Diva Stakes.

Click here to view the latest 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au with final acceptances closing Wednesday.

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 3111x105x5 ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 110
2 3555112×23 DALASAN H 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 103
3 211x2348x3 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 112
4 037902x00x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 10 Matthew Williams 105
5 2752x940x0 GATTING G 7 Peter G Moody 107
6 380x4549x7 HARLEM (GB) G 9 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 107
7 349x211x2x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 6 Danny O’Brien 103
8 66x32050x3 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 109
9 0211x8x58x LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 105
10 2311x114x0 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
11 13411x84x4 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 103
12 21x07511x0 OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 105
13 15627x2x22 ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 7 Danny O’Brien 97
14 481x0112x1 PERFECT JEWEL M 6 Grant & Alana Williams 106
15 7104x356x8 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 5 David Brideoake 102
16 56x423115x QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 106
17 12x411x RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) H 4 Danny O’Brien 105
18 4644116×45 SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 106
19 1x421x395x VOW AND DECLARE G 5 Danny O’Brien 113
20 21x755633x WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103

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