Superbly bred filly Divanation caught the eye with a brilliant debut win at Werribee on Friday, May 25.

The sixth foal of dual Australian Horse of the Year and three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, Divanation, trained by Tony McEvoy, did enough to suggest she is a filly to follow.

Sent out the $2.50 favourite, Divanation, ridden by Luke Currie, showed a brilliant turn of pace to come from midfield and race away to a 2-1/4 length win of the Tobin Brothers Maiden (1625m) from Ishkabibble ($18) with Count Of Essex ($7.50), a length away third.

McEvoy’s Victorian stable foreman Michael Shepherdson said, “the race went to script and she looked beautiful.”

“We have to thank the owners for their patience as she has been a slow build,” Shepherdson said.

“I’m sure she can build on this and there will be better races in store.

“She was in a good rhythm and let down nicely and pricked her ears at the finish.”

Winning jockey Luke Currie said he had ridden Makybe Diva to win the Werribee Cup during her racing career, and he was delighted to have ridden her daughter to a first up win.

“She was quite impressive,” Currie said.

“I thought she would go well after she had trialled well at Tatura in preparation for today.

“She got around them pretty easy and wanted to look around, so I gave her a tap on the saddle to teach her about racing.”

Shepherdson said trainer Tony McEvoy would see how she came through the race before setting a program for the filly.

Divanation was purchased by McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $300,000 from the Milburn Creek draft at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.


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