The Makybe Diva, a Group 1 event named after one of the best horses to ever race at fabulous Flemington. ‘’A Champion becomes a Legend’’ is a call synonymous with Greg Miles and the great mares third Melbourne Cup victory, today and hopefully in 100 years 3 consecutive cup victories will never be surpassed. Her wins ranging from 1400m-3200m were always breath taking, she always came home with the roar of the crowd, and she also excelled interstate with the BMW win at Rosehill one for the ages. She added a Cox Plate to her resume for fun, even beat some of the best sprinters to take out a Memsie, and collected more silverware with an Australian Cup. It’s always nice to walk along the Flemington Straight and see The Makybe Diva statue as a reminder of how blessed we were to see her win 3 Melbourne Cups. In 2004 I didn’t even look at the form guide, I knew it was her’s, she narrowly missed in The Caulfield Cup behind Elvstroem, when the field turned the bend and the gaps appeared she was never losing. Take a bow #nothingbeatsspring #chasethesun
Kementari will start favourite around the $3.80 mark after a slashing run behind Humidor in The Group 1 Memsie. It was a great run third up from a spell, he was caught 3 and 4 deep the trip, but he still had the nerve to savage the line. 1600m seems the logical trip despite punters wanting him to run in The Everest over 1200m. One concern is the barrier (8), I feel he may not slot into a good spot from the tricky 1600m at Flemington or may have to drift to far out of his ground, I am also concerned that his last run may have flattened him, and I am unsure how he will handle Flemington. He is a big striding horse who should appreciate the long and wide home straight but I have seen plenty over the years handle Flemington like a drunken sailor. Talented but I think the $3.80 is rock bottom in a Group 1 weight for age event where he is unproven.
Humidor was outstanding in The Memsie where he came from the clouds to win. He loves 1600m (7:4-1-0), he races well at Flemington (6:3-0-1), and he should get a soft run from barrier 1. Strips fitter here and looks good value at $4.50. Damien Lane may need to weave his magic on turning but when he gets out he will put them away with his turn of foot. Big spring ahead and the only horse who will challenge Winx in The Cox Plate.
Happy Clapper hated Caulfield and deserves another chance at headquarters. He is a super horse who has raced so well for so long at the top level. He second up record is great (8:3-0-0), thrives over the journey (9:4-3-1), and there is no Winx today to beat. Putrid barrier (12) but he can overcome. Kings Will Dream is short around the $4.50 mark but is running well and should peak third up from a spell on Saturday. Big step up in grade but has plenty of upside. Black Heart Bart over the odds at $21.