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Flemington Race 7: Makybe Diva Stakes 1600m

11/09/2015: On all counts Boban has to be the A selection. From his barrier draw he sits mid field with the run of the race and you would expect this five times Group 1 winner to edge past Entirely Platinum and Hi World, though the latter is the horse to worry about based on what I perceive as a good run in transit, even from a wide barrier. The rate of improvement by the four year olds from their three year old season is always hard to assess when tackling solid fighters like Happy Trails, Fawkner and, of course, Boban. There cannot be much difference between the New Zealanders Mongolian Khan and Volkstok'n'barrell (he is fitter) going on their last campaign and the spot on reappearance by the Caulfield Cup runner up Rising Romance really gives the visitors a strong chance for victory. A terrific race.

Flemington Race 7. RaceTime: AEST 16:05, 12/09/2015

RACEMAPMakybe Diva Stakes 1600m
Front Runners (15) Entirely Platinum.
On Pacers (17) Hi World.
Mid Fielders (1) Rising Romance, (4) Boban, (5) Gust Of Wind, (6) Awesome Rock, (7) Mongolian Khan, (8) Smokin' Joey, (12) Alpine Eagle.
Get Back (2) Magicool, (3) Happy Trails,( (9) Prince Of Penzance, (10) Dandino, (11) Our Ivanhowe, (13) Weary, (14) Fawkner, (16) Volkstok'n'barrel.
PACE COMMENTS This is quite an amazing race map for a Group 1 race in that I only have one horse as leader (Entirely Platinum) and another (Hi World) as an on pacer and that’s it. This means there will be pace but it could be quite pedestrian like thus there is going to be all sorts of mayhem back in the field. As much as I respect the likes of Fawkner, Happy Trails, Weary and Volkstok’n’barrel boy they have a tough job ahead of them. This is just one of those races where we really won’t know what the pace is going to be like until the race is run. Just make sure the odds you take is worth the risk if on a back marker.
CHANCESMakybe Diva Stakes 1600mOrderMargin
Boban PLUS: Three wins from seven distance runs, nine good track wins, won five Group 1 races. A 0
  MINUS: Twon wins from nine on wet tracks.    
Hi World PLUS: Four wins from eight starts, two wins from three distance runs, three wins from four wet track runs. B 0.75
  MINUS: Immaturity at this level, one win from four good track runs.    
Volkstok'n'barrell PLUS: Two wins from two starts at distance, four wins from six dry track runs, handles soft tracks. C 1
  MINUS: Second up as four year old in tough grade, gets back in run in a race where pace could be a problem.    
Mongolian Khan PLUS: Unbeaten in four soft track races, won three times from five good track runs, seven wins from nine starts. D 1.5
  MINUS: First up at Group 1 level against tough older horses.    
Rising Romance PLUS: Two wins from six start on wet tracks, placed ten times from thirteen runs on good tracks. E 2
  MINUS: Mare versus males at Group 1 level as a four year old.    
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