Incentivise steps up in Diva

Moody-trained gelding becomes fourth Group One winner for Rosemont Stud’s Shamus Award

INCENTIVISE winning the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington in Australia.
INCENTIVISE winning the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington in Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

Incentivise (5 g ex Miss Argyle by Iglesia) stretched his winning sequence to seven with a victory in Saturday’s Makybe Diva Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Flemington and provided his Rosemont Stud-based sire Shamus Award (Snitzel) with his fourth Group One winner at his first start for new trainer Peter Moody. 

Ridden by Brett Prebble for the first time, the previously Steve Tregea-trained Incentivise ($3.90) took up the lead and held off a late bid by Mo'unga (Savabeel) to score by a neck with Sir Dragonet (Camelot) a short-half-head away third. 

Moody said there was improvement to come from Incentivise who will head to the Turnbull Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) at Flemington on October 2 ahead of the Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) two weeks later. 

"It probably wasn't the way we intended to go about it, but I just left that totally up to Brett," Moody said. 

"As we've seen, the further he gets into a race, he builds nicely and even though they got to him, you knew he was going to keep going. 

"It was very encouraging at this stage of the spring. We've only got one more run between now and the Cup which will probably be the Turnbull. 

"He is a very good horse. I am yet to see him have a blow, so he's obviously got a great set of lungs on him, so upwards and onwards. 

"When he gets to a mile-and-a-quarter and he is allowed to build and roll and has a bunny instead of being the bunny, I think you are going to see a pretty exciting stayer." 

Moody said his greatest concern was having Incentivise in the same condition by the time the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) come around. 

But the trainer said he takes a lot of heart from Tregea's comments about the gelding. 

"Steve said the further he gets into a campaign, the better he does and the more he thrives," Moody said. 

"He's thrived to this point, so if he continues to go onwards and upwards, look out." 

Prebble landed his second Group One win of the new season having guided Behemoth (All Too Hard) to victory in the Memsie Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) at Caulfield on August 28. 

The in-form jockey said he was as kind as he could be aboard Incentivise knowing there was still a long way to go into the spring. 

"He floats along, and you can feel he's not aggressive," Prebble said. 

"They came at him, I let them get up and about him and when I asked him for an effort, he dug deep. 

"If I had asked him from the top of the straight, I reckon he would have opened up and given them something to chase, but I wanted to give him an easy time. 

"First-up at the mile and we got away with it." 

Incentivise is the first Group One winner out of Listed placed mare Miss Argyle (Iglesia) who has produced eight winners from as many foals to race including Group Three winner Ardrossan (Redoute’s Choice) and Listed scorers Bergerac (Durmbeats) and Cheyenne Warrior (Not A Single Doubt). 


Racing and Sports



Flemington

Saturday, 11th September 2021

8
16:50
(local)

Pfd Food Services Makybe Diva (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
AUD $1,000,000
1600m TURF GOOD
8
16:50
(local)
AUD $1,000,000
1600m GOOD

Pfd Food Services Makybe Diva (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 6. INCENTIVISE (AUS) 5yo G
SHAMUS AWARD (AUS) - MISS ARGYLE (AUS)
BRETT PREBBLE
PETER MOODY
$4.00
59.0kg
Windemere Stud Pty Ltd (Mgr: S P Tregea), Yes Bloodstock (Mgr: B F Sokolski), A Kheir, P J Lawrence, S B McEwan, K Knight & V G Corry
2nd 10. MO'UNGA (NZ) 4yo H
SAVABEEL (AUS) - CHANDELIER (NZ)
JYE MCNEIL
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$4.50
58.5kg
Fung Family Racing (Mgr: S J McGrath), K S So, M B Lee & R Mo'unga

Sales Information

3rd 1. SIR DRAGONET (IRE) 5yo H
CAMELOT (GB) - SPARROW (IRE)
BEN ALLEN
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$31.00
59.0kg
A Kheir, P Mehrten, J A O'Neill, T R Maddern, Two Hooves, V Kheir, Carty Racing, Mad K Racing, Bromfield Park Pty Ltd, B F Sokolski, S A Lewin, R E Wilson, N A Greenhalgh, C H Madden, B A Secatore, Mrs R T Secatore, D F Degenhardt, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd, A J Willoughby & B D Nettlefold
4th 12. TOFANE (NZ) 6yo M
OCEAN PARK (NZ) - BAGGY GREEN (AUS)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
MICHAEL MORONEY
$3.75
57.0kg

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5th 11. COLETTE (AUS) 5yo M
HALLOWED CROWN (AUS) - LIBRETTO (IRE)
DAMIEN OLIVER
JAMES CUMMINGS
$21.00
57.0kg
6th 4. IMAGING (GB) 6yo G
OASIS DREAM (GB) - MIRROR LAKE (GB)
DAMIEN THORNTON
CHRIS WALLER
$17.00
59.0kg

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7th 3. KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) 6yo H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - KEIAI GERBERA (JPN)
CRAIG NEWITT
MATTHEW SMITH
$12.00
59.0kg
8th 5. MOUNT POPA (IRE) 6yo G
MAXIOS (GB) - MIMALIA (USA)
Fred W Kersley
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
$41.00
59.0kg

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9th 7. EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) 4yo H
JAKKALBERRY (IRE) - EXTRA EXPLOSIVE (NZ)
H COFFEY
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$51.00
58.5kg

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10th 8. JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) 4yo G
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - LUMINOVA (NZ)
LACHLAN KING
DENIS PAGAN
$101.00
58.5kg

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11th 9. AEGON (NZ) 4yo G
SACRED FALLS (NZ) - TOSS UP (NZ)
LUKE CURRIE
MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN
$9.00
58.5kg

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12th 2. FIFTY STARS (IRE) 6yo H
SEA THE STARS (IRE) - SWIZZLE STICK (IRE)
J ALLEN
TOM DABERNIG
$21.00
59.0kg

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