Incentivise received heavy backing before the jump and the punters were clearly on the right page as the now Moody trained Queenslander withstood continued challenges to win the Flemington Group 1.
There were eye-catching runs from team Hawkes trained Tofane, who appeared the main challenger in the straight, as well as Annabel Neasham trained Mo’unga and 2020 Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet.
Incentivise winning the Makybe Diva Stakes marked Peter Moody’s second win in the race after Dissident took out the Group 1 for the Victorian trainer in 2014.
After the race jockey Brett Prebble was asked if Incentivise had what it takes to take out the world’s richest handicap on the first Tuesday of November.
“He has and the figure tell you that. Figures don’t lie and the ratings boys will tell you that he’s rating through the roof.
“It’s a long way to go, a lot of water to go under the bridge. I’ve been in this position before but you have to be here on the first Tuesday in November with the horse in form as well.
“I think he’s good enough to win it, but, as I said, there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge.”
Despite the win Incentivise remains favourite for the Melbourne Cup at $9 and hasn’t tightened any further for the $7m feature on November 2nd.