Unfair Dismissal scores his first black type victory in the Listed MyPunter.com Oaklands Plate at Morphettville (Atkins Photography)
My how the time flies! Can you believe it’s nearly 13 years since that wonderful mare, Makybe Diva, created history with a third successive Melbourne Cup?
Flemington that day was a sea of red, white and blue as fans waved flags and wore masks replicating the mare’s now famous racing colours.
Well, those silks were again on full display at Morphettville on Saturday as the highly promising, Unfair Dismissal, zoomed away with the Listed MyPunter.com Oaklands Plate over 1400m: a black type first for the 2YO colt, who is raced by Tony Santic’s Makybe Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd.
The victory continues a memorable season for trainer, Tony McEvoy, who has also been responsible for the rise and rise of Magic Millions/Silver Slipper winner, Sunlight, who is set to resume in this Saturday’s Listed Lightning Stakes (in a likely showdown with boom youngster, Nature Strip).
However, on Saturday, McEvoy was firmly focused on Unfair Dismissal and predicts a promising future for the All Too Hard colt.
“We gave him four weeks between runs into this race and he was a dominant winner,” McEvoy enthused. “He’s got a terrific action … big, strong fellow. His pedigree suggests the further we get him out, the better he should be. He is a good, tough colt and has been in work a long time.”
With three wins and two placings from seven outings, Unfair Dismissal debuted last October, but has effectively been ‘up’ since April when third at Benalla. Aside from a seventh at Flemington in May, Unfair Dismissal has won three of his last four including a third – behind Saturday’s race favourite, Poised to Strike – over 1250m at Morphettville on 23 June.
Bred by Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud, Unfair Dismissal is the fifth stakes winner for the Vinery Stud-based stallion, All Too Hard – a 4-time Group One winning half brother to Black Caviar – while he is the first foal of Exceed And Excel mare, Up And Up.
A daughter of Queensland stakes winner, Altrista and a granddaughter of Group One winner, Alynda, Up and Up is also closely related to Fast ‘n’ Famous, Capestad, Hit The Roof and co.
Offered by the Baramul draft at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Unfair Dismissal was snapped up by Makybe for $120,000.
“It was great to see those colours salute again on Saturday,” Makybe’s manager, Joe Murray points out. “Since the ‘big girl’, Makybe has also raced Group One winning sprinter, Headway, and, in more recent times, the stakes horse, Il Cavallo, while the farm has also bred a number of stakes winners over the last decade, including top Hong Kong sprinter, Mr Stunning, (Group One Thousand Guineas winner) Amicus and (stakes winner) Debonairly.”
Tony Santic is currently in Croatia and wasn’t at Morphettville at Saturday, but rates Unfair Dismissal highly among Makybe’s 14 horses in work (along with full or part-ownership in 10 yearlings), while a further 35 to 40 mares reside at his 500 acre property near Geelong in Victoria.
Among those mares is, of course, Makybe Diva.
“She (Makybe Diva) has a rising 2YO filly by Brazen Beau that has been retained by Makybe and is just about due to enter a leading stable, while Makybe Diva is currently in foal to Written Tycoon,” Murray adds. “No firm decision has been made yet on a 2018 cover but one option is definitely All Too Hard as Makybe Diva has a promising filly (Divanation) that’s by All Too Hard and she is also trained by Tony (McEvoy). Divanation has only had the two starts, winning easily on debut at Werribee in May and then a good second at her most recent start over 1800m at Morphettville.”