The sole Group 1 race this Saturday afternoon comes in the form of the Makybe Diva Stakes over 1600m at Flemington. Some real stars of the turf have won this race, including Northerly, Weekend Hussler, Shocking, Humidor and Grunt, and this year will be no different given the field of 16 features a Melbourne Cup winner, several derby champions and eight other Group 1 winners.
Russian Camelot is the early favourite in 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes betting, ahead of Fierce Impact and WA raider Perfect Jewel. It’ll be a moderate tempo up front with rank outsiders Gailo Chop and Levendi likely to be on the pace. Expect the favourite to head back from the wide alley.
Free betting tips for 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes
Kings Will Dream @ $10 Sportsbet
Kings Will Dream looked to have come back in fantastic order in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes a month ago and should have come on a fair bit since then. Up to 1600m and onto his favoured Flemington track, he looks to be a great chance in this at double figures. He won the Turnbull Stakes here last spring and ran eighth in this race on the way there, but we think he will have improved again given that was his second run back from a 43-week spell after a career-threatening injury. He ran a great fifth in the Doncaster in the autumn over a mile and tends to run well second up. He is drawn poorly in barrier 15, but we think he should jump well enough for Jye McNeil to push forward and make sure that some of the market fancies are spotting him a few lengths in the straight.
Russian Camelot @ $3.60 Sportsbet
The X-factor in the race is Danny O’Brien’s SA Derby winner, Russian Camelot. He is currently at the top of the market for the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup, so futures punters would be hoping he comes out and wins this with a leg in the air, ears pricked and head on his chest. He has only had the one go over a mile, and that saw him win by 7L at Pakenham before claiming his maiden Group 1. Another horse who is drawn awkwardly out in barrier 14, he will have to settle a fair way back or hope to have some cover and settle three-deep under Damien Oliver. He can be a bit tardy in and out of the gates, so we expect the former. We’ve seen on multiple occasions how big his finish is, and the big straight will only benefit him in that regard even though he has never won at Flemington. He will improve plenty off this run and can win it, but we want to see him first.
Harlem @ $41 Sportsbet
One horse we black-booked after his first-up run was nine-year-old gelding Harlem. He was really good through the line in the Memsie Stakes and looks a hidden gem at the $41 quote. He races much better second up, while the rise in trip and the move to Flemington will suit given he has won two Group 1s here. He’s never won below 2000m, but he has placed twice over a mile before. Drawn in barrier six under Jamie Mott, he can land in an ideal spot just off the pace and finish hard for connections and punters. A few other runners that can run a great race at big odds include Vow And Declare, Master Of Wine and Miami Bound. All are horses who will improve over a further trip with some race fitness on their side, but they’re worth including in multiples.
$45 each way – Kings Will Dream
$10 place – Harlem