Mr Moet To Resume In Makybe Diva Stakes

By: Thomas Hackett
July 22nd, 2013

Group 1 winner Mr Moet is on track to return to Melbourne and begin his 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 7.

The rising six-year-old was one of the star performers of the 2012 Perth Summer Racing Carnival, picking up wins in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) while finishing second in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) and Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m).

The impressive form was enough to earn Mr Moet a trip to Melbourne for the Autumn Racing Carnival and has was far from disgraced when finishing third in the Group 1 Orr Stakes (1400m), second in the Peter Young Stakes (1800m) and sixth in the Australian Cup (2000m).

Mr Moet will head to Melbourne in the middle of August and begin his path to the Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Melbourne Cup (3200m) in the Makybe Diva Stakes.

The Melbourne Cup may seem an ambitious goal for the rising six-year-old but trainer Adam Durant believes his star galloper is in the best condition of his career.

“Mr Moet is flying, he’s never been a great worker but he’s gone to a new level,” Durrant told The West Australian.

“He’ll trial next Monday and then again over 1450m before we leave.”

The Makybe Diva Stakes is set to be an amazing preview for the major races during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival with Cox Plate favourite It’s A Dundeel, European import Jet Away, 2012 Australian Derby winner Ethiopia and Mr Moet all set to resume in the $300,000 race that was recently upgraded to Group 1 status.

Mr Moet is aiming to become the first Melbourne Cup winner to come out of Perth since Rogan Josh in 1999.

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