The Chronicle



RACING: Toowoomba has a genuine Melbourne Cup contender.

Incentivis­e proved his blistering Queensland form could stack up against the best with a dazzling display in his Melbourne debut.

The gelding, formerly trained by Steve Tregea, who still maintains part ownership with Windemere Stud, was electric in taking out the $1m Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

The five-year-old was the subject of a strong betting push after the final field was released, before going on to start a $3.90 second favourite.

He justified the support, taking up the running under Brett Prebble, finding enough in the home straight to hold out Mo’unga ($4.40) by a neck.


Closer to home, Iced ($13) booked his place in history, claiming the first ever Stathi Katsidis Benchmark 80 Handicap (1000m) at Clifford Park.

The Jackie Cromptontr­ained gelding came from back in the field to sweep past rivals and score by one length for Kenji Yoshida.

Team Geran claimed the TAB Race Callers Cup Benchmark 75 Handicap (1850m), with Chocolatie­r ($8) getting the bob right on the line to deny The Irons.

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