As you’ve probably worked out by now, we’re an accommodating lot here at SportChamps. I guess you could say we’re the opposite to a politician; you ask, we deliver! And that’s what we’ve done, with our second $1 Mega Racing Tournament – for Makybe Diva Stakes Day (Flemington and Randwick ONLY) – on this Saturday.
With a guaranteed prize pool of $2,500 on the table, and the top 40 per cent receiving a pay out, you’d be dumber than a bag of hammers not to get amongst the action.
Named in honour of the three-time Melbourne Cup-winning heroine, the $750,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (formerly the Craiglee) has been won by some of the stars of the turf, including Fawkner (2015), Dissident (2014), Weekend Hussler (2008), Northerly (2002) and Mahogany (1994). This year’s race is a corker, with 11 of the 12 runners G1 winners.
Hartnell, who scored a dominant win in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes first-up, is all the rage, but the likes of Black Heart Bart, Le Romain and Hey Doc should never be underestimated. And don’t forget, Winx in Sydney, the wonder mare gunning for 20 wins on the bounce in the George Main Stakes.
Entry fee: Hopefully you’ve already worked it out, but just in case, it’s only $1
Prizes: There’s a guaranteed $2,500 prize pool, with the top 40 per cent getting paid out
Rebuys: A maximum of three per person
To help you out, here’s a few that I like on Saturday:
Royal Symphony (Flemington Race 2, No.1)
This colt is a deadest star. He may well be the best of a stellar bunch of three-year-olds. He’s won all three starts by a combined 11 lengths! Trainer Tony McEvoy, who I regard as one of the best in the business, has given him a little freshen up since his most recent win at Flemington on July 8, and judging by his work, he’s ready to return to the races. He’s likely to start at a short quote, but I expect him to take care of these and improve his record to 4/4.
Hartnell (Flemington Race 7, No.1)
Impossible to tip against him. His P.B. Lawrence win was dominant and he’ll strip fitter for this. At 1600m, he’s had eight starts for three wins and two seconds, he’s a two-time winner second-up, and he recorded arguably the best win of his career at Flemington (last year’s G1 Turnbull Stakes).
Comin’ Through (Randwick Race 4, No.7)
This four-year-old is a serious talent. His win first-up over this trip at this track was impressive and he should have taken significant benefit from that outing. Looks well weighted with just 53kg.
Tulip (Randwick Race 5, No.1)
She’s a quality three-year-old, this filly, and I loved her first-up run where she finished second to Roomooz at The Valley. She goes well the Sydney way of going (she was third in the Golden Slipper) and is drawn to get a gun run from gate 4 under Hugh Bowman.