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Makybe Diva Sibling On The Improve
La Amistad, a three-quarter sister to champion mare Makybe Diva, continued her progression through the grades with an impressive win in the Pro-Ride Handicap (2400m) at Warwick Farm yesterday. The 4YO daughter of Redoute's Choice and Tugela (Riverman) settled midfield in a lovely position one-off the fence before cruising up to the leaders on the turn and letting down with a powerful turn of foot to put the issue beyond doubt in a matter of strides, scoring by 2.8-lengths eased down. Trainer Michael Hawkes said that patience had been the key with the mare and that her owners were now reaping the dividends. "The owners have all been patient with her. They put their hand out and at the end of the day their getting the results now", Hawkes said. "Today was probably her best win to date, she travelled good, she switched off, James let her improve into the bridle. I think that was the best part." Hawkes flagged the possibility of sending La Amistad north for the Queensland Winter Carnival as part of the next stage of her development, but stressed she would not be rushed. As is the Hawkes training system La Amistad will be given time to go through the grades with no immediate campaign locked in this preparation. "This time in we just wanted to go through the grades, there are a lot of options this time of the year but she's still learning. She is really race by race," he explained. "We will see how she goes, whether she heads north or stays here or goes to the paddock." La Amistad was retained to race by her breeder Makybe Racing & Breeding after failing to reach her reserve of $750,000 at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She has now won 4 of her 10 starts for $79,730 earnings.