The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Cox...
Matthew Smith’s multiple Group 1 winner Fierce Impact is the early 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes betting market mover to return to his best in the Flemington feature this weekend.
A smart field of Cox Plate-bound hopefuls is engaged for this season’s Group 1 $750,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) that takes place over the mile at HQ on Saturday.
Drawn well in barrier five for jockey Mark Zahra, who rode Palentino (2016) to a recent win in the race, is seven-year-old Deep Impact entire Fierce Impact.
Smith’s Japanese-bred galloper has been backed in from $5.50 to $4.80 in the latest Makybe Diva Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au to win for the first time since November last year.
He added to his future value at stud completing a Group 1 double last spring enjoying back-to-back victories in the Toorak Handicap and Cantala Stakes both over 1600m at Caulfield and Flemington respectively.
It was a frustrating autumn for the galloper who recorded a subsequent two further Group 1 minor placings plus the close fourth in the $5 million The All-Star Mile in the autumn before things went amiss when eight to Tofane in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) coming back in distance.
Fierce Impact kicked off his Cox Plate 2020 bid in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on August 22 and was impressive first-up going down just a quarter-length when third to Verry Elleegant.
Second-up back up to a mile at Flemington and he looks a genuine winning hope in an intriguing edition of the Makybe Diva on Saturday.
Heading him in the markets is the easing Danny O’Brien-trained favourite Russian Camelot, the all-in Cox Plate top fancy out from $3.50 to $4 to win first-up.
Drawn wide in barrier 14 for jockey Damien Oliver, the Irish-bred Camelot entire makes his four-year-old debut and races for the first time since winning the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) at Morphettville on May 9.
Steady at Makybe Diva Stakes odds of $6 is the in-form WA-based mare Perfect Jewel in barrier two for jockey William Pike.
The Grant & Alana Williams-trained Redoute’s Choice six-year-old has won three of her past four including a lead-up Caulfield success against her own kind in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes.
SA Derby runner-up from the autumn, Dalasan ($9) rounds out the single-figure chances and will be ridden by Jordon Childs third-up.
The ultra-consistent son of Dalakhani comes off back-to-back minor placings back in Adelaide as the beaten favourite in both the Group 3 Spring Stakes (2nd) and Listed Leon Macdonald Stakes (3rd).
Childs replaces Jason Holder aboard the talented prospect and is thrilled to partner the proven Flemington performer who won the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) as a three-year-old on this day 12 months ago.
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