The Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes will definitely be the best guide for future spring races this season.
A scintillating field of middle-distance runners will line up for the big prize at Flemington and the field is bring graced with the likes of Humidor, Happy Clapper, Kementari and Caulfield Cup favourite Kings Will Dream.
With Winx in action in the Colgate Optic White Stakes in Sydney, the best of the rest will do battle in Melbourne and we have free tips, form and odds for the feature.
2018 Makybe Diva Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Makybe Diva Stakes 2018
Kementari @ $4.20 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Kings Will Dream @ $4.50 – BET NOW
Comin’ Through @ $11 – BET NOW
2018 Makybe Diva Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Happy Clapper ($7.50) – BET NOW
Happy Clapper is a professional type which scored a two-length win in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile earlier this year.
That form must be respected here and the bookmakers aren’t letting the Patrick Webster-trained runner out of their sights.
$7 is a good price for this talented runner but the lack of winning form at Flemington is a worrying factor for punters.
Black Heart Bart ($21) – BET NOW
The Darren Weir-trained runner is well past his best form and we’re surprised that he’s still paying $20.
We framed his price around the $40 mark and we would be surprised to see him finish in the first half of the field, given his recent form.
Humidor ($4) – BET NOW
Nice win in the Lawrence Stakes from Humidor but the blanket finish is a slight worry heading into this.
There wasn’t much distance between the first eight runners home and although he defeated many in this field, we think others represent betting value at $4.20.
The only horse to push Winx in recent history has class on his side however.
Tosen Basil ($31) – BET NOW
Five-time winner in Japan but we haven’t seen the Japanese form hit top gear so far this season.
Trained by Darren Weir, the six-year-old by Harbinger ran sixth at Group 1 level in April and hasn’t raced since. His form prior included a third placing behind Highland Reel in the Hong Kong Cup, which is booming form for this.
Watch out over longer distances.
Jon Snow ($19) – BET NOW
Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman don’t travel to Australia without having success very often and Jon Snow has winning credentials.
The highly-performed horse is a winner of only four from 18 starts but he ran well at Hastings in New Zealand coming into this and he could give punters a good sight on the speed.
$18 is value for first-four options.
Comin’ Through (Best Roughie $11) – BET NOW
$11 is a great price for a tough Chris Waller-trained gelding which loves getting his nose out in front close to the line.
He’s a seven-time winner which faces his toughest test to date here but he has the ability to run in the first three and we wouldn’t look past the $3.40 to place.
Michael Walker will land him just behind the speed and he loves a fight.
Pounamu ($35) – BET NOW
Has been running handy races in Perth without winning and Brett Prebble comes to ride, but he’s not a winning hope.
He should be triple figures to win and we’re disappointed with the $34 on offer. That’s horrible value.
Harlem ($51) – BET NOW
Had some support fresh-up but showing very little in the run to the line. Might snatch a lesser-known staying race later in the spring.
The Taj Mahal ($23) – BET NOW
Opened at $34 and is now into $21. That’s a solid move for a two-win runner which wasn’t too far away at Moonee Valley last start.
That came in a much easier race than this and although he has some nice attributes, he should struggle against this company.
Kings Will Dream (Best Each Way – $4.50) – BET NOW
Beautiful type which is running great races at a distance short of his best. The Weir-trained import is better suited over 2000m-2400m but he’s running extremely well over the mile.
His two efforts for fourth and third this season have been great and although he’s not suited by carrying 59kg from barrier 10, he’s a good each way chance and an even better Caulfield Cup hope.
Kementari (Best Bet – $4.20) – BET NOW
Didn’t have much luck behind Humidor last time out after travelling wide throughout and still finding the line well.
Prior to that the James Cummings-trained son of Lonhro was a disappointing fourth behind Winx but this is a more suitable race and he has seemingly found his best form at the right time.
Fourth start this campaign and it’s time to win.
Grunt ($13) – BET NOW
Nice performer last campaign when winning four straight but they were age-group races and not of this quality. Likely to struggle again.