Dalasan is set for a South Australian Derby re-match with Russian Camelot in Saturday’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
The Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained entire sits on the third line of betting at $8 with tab.com.au, with current Cox Plate favourite Russian Camelot marked $3 favourite in his return to racing in the 1600m feature.
The Makybe Diva is loaded with class. Russian Camelot’s stablemates Vow And Declare (Melbourne Cup) and Victorian Oaks winner Miami Bound are also set to resume in the race, while Adelaide Cup winner King Of Leogrance may be saved to resume in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes over 2000m on October 3.
“There’s a lot of expectation seeing him (Russian Camelot) back at the races after what he did in Adelaide and the fact that he’s still a young horse,” trainer Danny O’Brien told racing.com.
“We’re all hoping to see a nice progression from what he did in Adelaide and all the signs are terrific.
“He’s had a good winter. He’s come up in good shape and we’re looking forward to seeing back at the races.”
Dalasan will be trying to continue the sensational start to the spring for South Australian horses following the wins of Behemoth, Bella Vella and Gytrash in Sydney.
Macdonald and Gluyas will also be chasing a second successive Group 2 Danehill Stakes with promising three-year-old Extra Time.
Dalasan won last year’s feature while Extra Time proved he’s a potential Guineas prospect with a big run in the McNeil Stakes at Caulfield last time out.
And another South Aussie Caulfield Guineas hopeful, So You Can, is also poised to make his Melbourne debut in the Exford Plate over 1400m.
Fellow Morphettville horseman Gordon Richards has Crown Mint nominated for the Listed feature while stablemate Bold Star steps out in the Group 2 Bobby Lewis Quality (1200m), and Chris Bieg has Chosen Blonde entered in the Cap D'Antibes Stakes over 1100m.
Jon O’Connor has also entered impressive Murray Bridge winner Smokin’ Val for a three-year-old fillies feature while Peter Jolly will return to Melbourne with Morvada in the Listed Sofitel after he beat home Dalasan, running second behind Sky Punch in the Leon Macdonald Stakes last month.
Tony and Calvin McEvoy will also have a busy day with Pretty Brazen and Shrouded In Mist among nominations for the Group 2 Let’s Elope (1400m), Dollar For Dollar entered for the Bobby Lewis, and The Brumby returning as he tracks towards the Caulfield Guineas.
More Than Ever could be on a quick back-up after a narrow defeat at Morphettville last weekend and Amuri, a daughter of Zoustar, is down to debut in the Cap D'Antibes Stakes.