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Makybe Diva Stakes Barrier Draw: Wide draw no obstacle for Hartnell

  • Hartnell drawn in barrier 8
  • The race favourite takes on a field of 12
Black Heart Bart will clash with Hartnell

With five of the past eight Makybe Diva Stakes winners coming from barrier 8 or wider, race favourite Hartnell will get his chance to join them as he jumps from barrier 8 at Flemington on Saturday.

The James Cummings-trained son of Authorized resumed this campaign with a dominant win in the PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) which has historically been the best lead-up to the Makybe Diva Stakes.

Darren Weir claimed victory in the race last year with Palentino and will saddle up three runners on Saturday including last year’s runner-up Black Heart Bart, last start Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) winner Gailo Chop and Australian Cup (2000m) winner Humidor.

David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig have accepted with Ventura Storm and Seaburge, and Hayes will be looking for his first winner in the race since he and Craig Williams combined with Confectioner in 2005.

Williams has subsequently scored aboard Littorio (2011) and Southern Speed (2012), and he’ll ride Seaburge for ‘Haybernig’ following a disappointing last place in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) when first-up from a spell. 

2017 Makybe Diva Stakes field and barriers: 

1. HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings - Kerrin McEvoy (8) 59kg
2. BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir - Brad Rawiller (7) 59kg
3. LE ROMAIN Kris Lees - Ben Melham (5) 59kg
4. TAVAGO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young – TBA (6) 59kg
5. GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir - Mark Zahra (1) 59kg
6. HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir - Damian Lane (10) 59kg
7. VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Regan Bayliss (4) 59kg
8. JON SNOW (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman - Stephen Baster (3) 58.5kg
9. HEY DOC Tony McEvoy - Luke Currie (12) 58.5kg
10. INFERENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes - Dwayne Dunn (9) 58.5kg
11. SEABURGE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Craig Williams (2) 58.5kg
12. SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive - Ms Kathy O'Hara (11) 57kg


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Makybe Diva Stakes Barrier Draw: Wide draw no obstacle for Hartnell

With five of the past eight Makybe Diva Stakes winners coming from barrier 8 or wider, race favourite Hartnell will get his chance to join them as he jumps from barrier 8 at Flemington on Saturday.

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