Makybe Diva Stakes Review:
They ran the race at a pretty genuine tempo due to Black Heart Bart getting a little fired up shortly after finding the front. It was a very strung out field throughout the race and they ended up finishing in a clump behind the winner. Grunt was just far too good. To be quite frank, he made them look pretty average.
Winner: Grunt (Mick Price + Damien Oliver)
Race time = 1:34.91 (1600m)
Margin = 2 lengths
Fastest last 600m = 34.63 (Harlem + Comin’ Through)
Fastest last 200m = 11.83 (Comin’ Through)
Grunt (1st) - What a dominant win. It was bordering on arrogant the way he put them to the sword late in the race and really savaged the line. After two reasonable efforts at his first two starts this prep (both at Caulfield), it was clear that this horse appreciated getting out to the mile at Flemington. The race set up perfectly for him but he really pinned the ears back and wanted to win when the heat went on. Mick Price has indicated he will head towards a Cox Plate. On that run, you’d think he’s a big chance to run second!
Kings Will Dream (2nd) - Superb effort. He came from well off the pace and rattled down the outside to get up for a clear second. Conceded the winner over 4 lengths around the turn so to cut the margin back to 2 lengths at the finish was a great effort. He’s been great so far this prep and looks a real player in the Caulfield Cup if he continues to race the way he is at the moment.
Jon Snow (3rd) - Impressive second-up run after a solid fourth behind Melody Belle at his first-up run in New Zealand. The 2017 ATC Derby winner probably started over the odds in this one and showed that he could be in for a nice spring preparation. He is on track for a Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup berth.
Kementari (4th) - He was good without being great. He had to come from a long way back and went with Kings Will Dream for about 50m before that galloper went by him. Not really sure what to make of him. He doesn’t have a problem with the mile because he proved that in winning the Randwick Guineas which has turned out to be a terrific form race. He’ll head back to Sydney for the Epsom now.
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