Ben Melham reitet Diamond Effort in Manikato Stakes

Ben Melham reitet Diamond Effort in Manikato Stakes
Ben Melham reitet Diamond Effort in Manikato Stakes
Rain on the horizon will only increase the confidence of jockey Ben Melham in Diamond Effort, who will become a Group 1 winner on Friday night at the Manikato Stakes (1200m) in The Valley.

Up to 10 mm of rain are forecast in showers and a possible thunderstorm on Friday, which is suitable for the well-known wet tracker in the 1 million dollar function.

Melham has driven Diamond Effort to four wins and a fifth in the Group 1 Moir Stakes in his five runs on the Clinton McDonald-trained mare.

He said he could be unbeaten against Mossman’s daughter with the luckier Moir Stakes.

“With a bit of luck in the moiré, I thought she should have been almost close (to win the moiré),” said Melham.

Diamond Effort narrowly went back to dirty work on a good Caulfield surface in the Schillaci Stakes Group 2 on her last run.

But Melham said the winner of eight of 16 starts at the end of the Manikato Stakes would be right in the middle of the action when the rain hits.

“She’s the one who probably wants the rain to come because she only grows one leg in it,” Melham said.

Diamond Effort would enjoy a smooth track for the Manikato Stakes on Friday night. Photo: AAP Image / Vince Caligiuri.

“It’s deep down (barrier two) and I thought it went well the other day.

“She showed me that she is more than capable of performing in Group 1, but I would just like to see some rain to improve her chances.”

TAB respects Diamond Effort’s ability on wet ground and gives her a $ 8.50 chance on Manikato Stakes betting.

Godolphin Sprinter Trekking, who finished fourth in Everest last Saturday, is the favorite for $ 3.80.

Trekking trainer James Cummings said the six-day support was his only concern with the Group 1 double winner.

“The question in my head is the six days of support after his persistent attack on Everest.”

“I know that the horse is the first sprinter to get out of this pressure cooker to pave the way, and he’s the tough guy who can do it.”

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