Cox Plate Favourite Heads 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Field & Odds

September 9, 2020

Cox Plate Favourite Heads 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Field & Odds

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.

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

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

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.

Click here for the latest Makybe Diva Stakes 2020 odds on the final field courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

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

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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