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Danny O’Brien’s all-in Ladbrokes Cox Plate favourite Russian Camelot will race first-up as the punters’ pick at Flemington in the Makybe Diva Stakes 2020 field on Saturday.
The Group 1 $750,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) has drawn a star-studded field of 16 including three for last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer O’Brien.
O’Brien will kick off the spring campaigns of his returning Melbourne Cup hero Vow And Declare and the well-supported SA Derby winner Russian Camelot, while VRC Oaks champion Miami Bound runs second-up.
Vow And Declare is a current $41 roughie in Makybe Diva Stakes odds, tipped to improve over further later this prep, while Miami Bound is quoted at $21 through Ladbrokes.com.au to improve on her last start fourth at The Valley on August 22.
Despite a wide barrier 14 of 16 draw, it is Russian Camelot on top of the Makybe Diva Stakes odds with money for the four-year-old Camelot entire to win fresh at HQ.
He races for the first time since his nearly two length win in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) at Morphettville on May 9 and has start number three at Flemington.
Russian Camelot is also the current $9 co-favourite with Verry Elleegant in futures betting on the Cox Plate following first acceptances for the $5 million classic on Tuesday.
Occupying the second and third lines of Makybe Diva Stakes betting at $5.50 and $6 respectively are Fierce Impact and Perfect Jewel both racing second-up for the season.
Drawn well in gate five with Mark Zahra riding, the Matthew Smith-trained Fierce Impact chases his first win since completing the Group 1 Toorak Handicap – Cantala Stakes double – both over a mile – last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
He’s been competitive in plenty since recording three subsequent Group 1 minor placings including his eye-catching third when only a quarter-length beaten in the Winx Stakes (1400m) first-up in Sydney.
Perfect Jewel meanwhile jumps from barrier two with leading Perth hoop William Pike in the saddle, the always-honest Grant & Alana Williams-trained Redoute’s Choice mare racing at the track for the first time.
She has won three of her past four including the first-up Caulfield win on August 29 in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) and looks well-suited going up to a mile here.
Rounding out the single-figure fancies is SA Derby runner-up Dalasan ($8.50).
Out to turn the tables of Russian Camelot after their Group 1 quinella in South Australia, Dalasan presents fit third-up on the weekend having kicked things off at home with back-to-back Black-Type placings in Adelaide.
The Chris Waller-trained Kings Will Dream ($10) coming off a Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) third at the track and one-time Caulfield Cup favourite Master Of Wine ($11) represent the best of the rest.
2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||1x421x395x||VOW AND DECLARE||Danny O’Brien||Craig Williams||11||59kg||113|
|2||037902x00x||GAILO CHOP (FR)||Matthew Williams||John Allen||3||59kg||105|
|3||380x4549x7||HARLEM (GB)||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Jamie Mott||6||59kg||107|
|4||211x2348x3||FIERCE IMPACT (JPN)||Matthew Smith||Mark Zahra||5||59kg||112|
|5||2752x940x0||GATTING||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4||59kg||107|
|6||0211x8x58x||LEVENDI||Peter Gelagotis||Jason Maskiell||1||59kg||105|
|7||66x32050x3||KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jye McNeil||15||59kg||109|
|8||4644116×45||SO SI BON||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Daniel Stackhouse||16||59kg||106|
|9||2311x114x0||MASTER OF WINE (GER)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Michael Rodd||10||59kg||106|
|10||21x755633x||WARNING||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Billy Egan||9||58.5kg||103|
|11||3555112×23||DALASAN||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jordan Childs||8||58.5kg||103|
|12||56x423115x||QUICK THINKER||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Michael Dee||13||58.5kg||106|
|13||12x411x||RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE)||Danny O’Brien||Damien Oliver||14||57.5kg||105|
|14||481x0112x1||PERFECT JEWEL||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||2||57kg||106|
|15||7104x356x8||PRINCESS JENNI (NZ)||David Brideoake||Ethan Brown||12||57kg||102|
|16||13411x84x4||MIAMI BOUND (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Ben Melham||7||56.5kg||103|
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