MICK SHARKIE wraps up a Group 1 day of Australian racing with plenty of horses laying their claims for the big Spring features. 


The Caulfield Cup favourite stamped his credentials at the top level with an all the way win in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes that left trainer Peter Moody in awe.cr

Moody – who knows a thing or two about a good horse – couldn’t believe the aerobic capability of Incentivise on the training track and his confidence filtered out into early markets with the horse kicking off his Cup campaign as favourite over 1600m.

“Everything h,s, he oes with such ease…we don’t know what’s under the bonnet,” Moody said during the week.,

Well, after the Makybe, we all got a sneak peek.

“Listen it was a very good effort, he didn’t look comfortable at any stage. I don’t think he got on his right leg…nice improvement to come,” said Moody.

“He’s a very good horse, I’m yet to see him have a blow. If he continues to go onwards and upwards, look out.”


James McDonald was up early Thursday morning for track work which prompted partner Kate Mallyon to ask, “where are you off to this early?”

“He doesn’t usually ride work that day. When he told me he was off to ride Entriviere, I knew she was on the job today,” joked the Seven Racing presenter.

And she bloody well was. The Kiwi bullet had the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes won a long way out and when J-Mac released the brakes by the 250m, Entriviere went into overdrive.

“Her determination to win is just incredible,” said McDonald.

“I think there’s more to come from her for sure. She’ll run a strong seven (furlongs) that’s for sure but she’s just crying out for a bit of rain, a bit of give in the ground…this track is racing pretty firm, you wouldn’t want to see her on it too many times.”

Trainer Jamie Richards will mull over options for Entriviere, but that performance could catapult the mare into Everest calculations – the Sheraco was the race that 2020 Everest fifth placegetter Haut Brion Her won before securing a slot last year.


Oooh weee! Those that piled into the shorties at Flemington on Saturday had their tails between their legs as the three apparent “good things” on the day were all unceremoniously rolled.

First it was Caulfield Guineas favourite Artorious ($1.60), then Ingratiating ($1.95) and then Aryton ($1.45) – bookies were straight on the phone to Bentley ordering customised new wheels.

Winning trainer Matt Williams probably summed up the sentiment best when Harbour Views arrived late to swarm Cherry Tortoni and Ayrton at $23.

“I didn’t see him running over the top of them today… I can’t say I expected him to win today,” he said.

Off to the Sandown Stakes now for Beetroot Williams and Harbour Views.


Speaking of the Everest, slot holder James Kennedy thought it savvy to act early and grab Queensland speedster Rothfire before his comeback run next Saturday in The Shorts after the horse lit up Doomben in an exhibition gallop.

Rothfire sizzled in his last strong piece of work before returning from 12 months on the bench with serious injury, home 33.02 (600m) 21.60 (400m) and a white hot 10.97 (200m) apparently with a gear to spare.

“Rothfire has done unbelievably well, and I use that word literally, given 12 months ago he suffered a traumatic injury,” said trainer Rob Heathcote.

“It’s a miracle to get him back to the races let alone back to his best.”

Rothfire is an $11 chance in the Everest with Sportsbet.


We’re off to Cranbourne where I am very confident that GUNSTOCK (R1 No. 10) can get the job done and race on towards a Derby campaign.