Makybe Diva Stakes 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: Older milers have a great record in the Makybe Diva Stakes in the past decade

The Makybe Diva Stakes is the opening Group 1 mile race of the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and takes place on a Saturday in early – mid September at the famous Flemington Racecourse.

2022 Makybe Diva Stakes winner I'm Thunderstruck

Ill-fated 2022 Makybe Diva Stakes winner I’m Thunderstruck. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The only elite level race at the meeting the weight-for-age showdown is currently $750,000 and often attracts horses that ran in the season’s first Group 1, the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield a fortnight before. The last horse to complete the Memsie Stakes – Makybe Diva Stakes double was Dissident (2014), a popular early spring racing bet with the punters.

Inaugurated in 1948 when Lungi won, Cosmic Court (1949) won the second edition of the Makybe Diva Stakes when it was known as the Craiglee Stakes. It was renamed in honour of superstar mare and three time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva in 2007 and has held Group 1 status since 2013.

Other notable Makybe Diva Stakes winners over the years include Mr Brightside (2023), Incentivise (2021), Shocking (2010), Weekend Hussler (2008), Northerly (2002), Jeune (1995), Zabeel (1990), and Rose Of Kingston (1982).

On the same day as the Makybe Diva Stakes in Melbourne, Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse is now host to the $1 million 7 Stakes (1600m) also run over the mile for Epsom Handicap hopefuls.

The latest edition of the Makybe Diva Stakes ran on Saturday September 16, 2023 and was won in dominant fashion by the Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained odds-on favourite Mr Brightside ($1.85F). 

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Results

The official Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 16, 2023.

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes winner Mr Brightside

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes winner Mr Brightside was far too good for his rivals at WFA over the mile. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #1 Mr Brightside
  • 2nd: #2 Alligator Blood
  • 3rd: #6 Osipenko

The talented King Charles III Stakes and Cox Plate-bound weight-for-age star Mr Brightside ($1.85F) posted his fifth win on the trot with an all-too-easy victory as the odds-on favourite in the Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 results defeating last year’s runner-up Alligator Blood by 1.5 lengths.

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Odds

The latest Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 betting odds and links to our Group 1 spring racing markets will be available here once open.

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Makybe Diva Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 16, 2023
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1948

Makybe Diva Stakes Betting

Makybe Diva Stakes betting markets usually have horses that come via the Memsie Stakes two weeks earlier at the top of the odds with Dissident (2014) followed by Mr Brightside (2023) nearly a decade later the latest gallopers to complete the double.

The other horse to win both the Memsie Stakes and Makybe Diva Stakes prior to 2014 was Weekend Hussler (2008).

I’m Thunderstruck (2nd in 2022) was the last non-winning Memsie Stakes graduate to back-up and win the Makybe Diva Stakes.

Favourites have a poor recent record with just five saluting in the past 13 years with the aforementioned Dissident, Weekend Hussler, Fierce Impact ($4 in 2020), the ill-fated I’m Thunderstruck ($2.60 in 2022), and most recently the odds-on pick Mr Brightside ($1.85 in 2023).

There has been plenty of upsets in the meantime including 40/1 shot Littorio getting the job done in 2011 so looking further down the Makybe Diva Stakes odds for a value bet is always worth doing.

The Makybe Diva Stakes winner at the longest odds in recent history was 2019 champ Gatting who saluted at 100-1 defeating the hot favourite Mystic Journey.

Makybe Diva Stakes Field

The Makybe Diva Stakes race field has a capacity of 16 starters and was last run at that maximum number in 2010 when Shocking beat home his 15 rivals.

Final Makybe Diva Stakes acceptances are taken on the Wednesday before the race runs that Saturday and the last time the Makybe Diva Stakes field ran with under 10 starters was in 2023 when Mr Brightside defeated just six rivals.

Makybe Diva Stakes betting at Ladbrokes

Makybe Diva Stakes winner Dissident (2014). Photo Credit: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Horses may come into the Makybe Diva Stakes field on the back of a first-up run in the Memsie Stakes, or many stayers kick off their spring bids in the race on way to longer distance features at the carnival including Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) a fortnight later.

Another nice next-up option for horses out of the Makybe Diva Stakes field is Flemington’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m). Incentivise (2021) was the last horse to complete the Makybe Diva Stakes – Turnbull Stakes double.

Incentivise also went on to win that year’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) before his second behind champion mare Verry Elleegant in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles.

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Field

The official Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 Final Field & Barriers will be published in full below once acceptances for the Group 1 Flemington feature close the Wednesday of race week.

The 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes final field features a diminutive but quality field of weight-for-age stars led by last start Memsie Stakes hero Mr Brightside chasing a fifth win on the trot.

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations

The Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations for 2023 close on the Monday of race week with the full list of early entries to be made available below.

The Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 nominations attracted 15 weight-for-age spring hopefuls led in all-in betting by the flying Mr Brightside coming off victories in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes and Group 1 Memsie Stakes this prep.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 73x5211x11 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 1 59kg 117
2 3341x217x3 ZAAKI (GB) G 9 Annabel Neasham 2 59kg 117
3 1551x140x4 ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 3 59kg 116
4 562x3227x1 FANGIRL M 5 Chris Waller 4 57kg 114
5 x34x339x3x SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 8 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 5 59kg 113
6 1223x31x22 PRINCESS GRACE (USA) M 7 Chris Waller 6 57kg 112
7 1x1211x12x AMELIA’S JEWEL M 4 Simon A Miller 7 56.5kg 111
8 13x121x0x9 GOING GLOBAL (IRE) M 6 Chris Waller 8 57kg 110
9 58x26844x4 HINGED M 5 Chris Waller 9 57kg 109
10 x16x6026x6 MY OBERON (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham 10 59kg 109
11 2x51210x04 LINDERMANN H 4 Chris Waller 11 58.5kg 106
12 11232821×0 FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 12 59kg 106
13 3x51761x57 OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 13 58.5kg 105
14 52x131x8x0 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 14 59kg 105
15 42x6495x39 AEGON (NZ) G 6 Andrew Forsman 15 59kg 105

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Makybe Diva Stakes Tips

Makybe Diva Stakes tips often predict an upset result with double-figure runners boasting a good record in the race over the past decade or so. Horses that ran well in their lead-up races also tend to dominate Group 1 spring racing predictions as there have been a number of last start winners to take out the race in recent years most recently Mr Brightside (2023).

Inside barriers have produced nine Makybe Diva Stakes winners from 2012 -2023 most recently I’m Thunderstruck (barrier 1 in 2022), but tipping isn’t led by gate positions as in recent years Littorio (14 in 2011) and Vigor (11 in 2009) have overcome wide barriers to salute in the feature, as did Vega Magic (10 in 2017).

Vega Magic went on to finish runner-up to Winx in the 2017 Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) so a good Makybe Diva Stakes tip is to watch for the best out of the mile feature in markets for Cox Plate at The Valley in late October.

The 2022 Makybe Diva Stakes winner I’m Thunderstruck also went on to finish runner-up in that spring’s Cox Plate results.

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 betting tips will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned to see what milers and stayers to back and sack in the Flemington Group 1 race this season.

  • To Win: #1 Mr Brightside ($2 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The form horse of the season so far is Mr Brightside who is a hard to beat favourite here at a deservingly short $2 quote at time of publish. He chases his fifth win on the trot having won back-to-back races either side of a spell. This prep fresh he was strong in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes before a last start Group 1 Memsie Stakes victory at Caulfield over 1400m. Step-up to a mile third-up looks ideal for the Team Hayes-trained six-year-old who has a stellar 1600m record (13:9-0-1) including victories in the $5 million All-Star Mile and Group 1 Doncaster Mile. P.B. Lawrence runner-up Pinstriped won the Group 2 Feehan Stakes last weekend beating Attrition who was fifth in the same lead-up won by Mr Brightside whose turn it now is to continue to frank that form here.

Makybe Diva Stakes Form Guide

The Makybe Diva Stakes form guide lists basic info like the saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys and trainers of all the horses lining up in the field.

Jockey Craig Williams has won three recent editions of the race aboard the odds-on favourite Mr Brightside (2023), Littorio (2011) and Adelaide mare Southern Speed (2012), so looking for the horse he rides in the form guide could be a nice bet. You can also see the lead-up form as well as the track and distance records of the runners.

The 2022 Makybe Diva Stakes runner-up Alligator Blood franked the form winning the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 VRC Champion’s Stakes (1600m) later that spring. Alligator Blood returned to run a brave second to Mr Brightside in the 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes results.

Makybe Diva Stakes Form Facts

  • Single-digit Makybe Diva Stakes barriers produced 10 winners from 2012 – 2023.
  • Southern Speed (2012) is the only Makybe Diva Stakes winning mare to beat home the boys since 1996.
  • Favourites in Makybe Diva Stakes betting have a poor recent record with just five saluting from 2008 – 2023.
  • The Memsie Stakes is a key lead-up producing all but five of the Makybe Diva winners from 2014 – 2023 including Dissident (2014) and Mr Brightside (2023) who did the double.

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Form Guide

A link to our detailed Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 Form Guide and betting preview will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Makybe Diva Stakes Results

The Makybe Diva Stakes race results are known when the race runs late on the Flemington race card on Makybe Diva Stakes Day and show not only the winning trifecta for exotic bets but the exact finishing order of all the runners as well as any scratched horses, plus the winning time and margin for the record books.

There have been plenty of recent upset Makybe Diva Stakes results including big odds on offer for the ill-fated Gatting ($101 in 2019) who sadly passed away after breaking down in the same event in 2020, Humidor ($7 in 2017), Foreteller ($15 in 2013), and Littorio ($41 in 2011).

Mares have a poor record in the Makybe Diva Stakes race results with just the one win since 1996, while just two eight-year-olds have won the race in over 30 years with Hugs Dancer (2004) and Fawkner (2015).

Southern Speed (2012) was the last Makybe Diva Stakes winning mare.

Acramitis (1954) remains the only three-year-old Makybe Diva Stakes winner in history.

Dual Choice holds the current 1600m Makybe Diva Stakes race record winning in 1971 in 1 minute 31:9 seconds.

Past Makybe Diva Stakes Winners

Recent Makybe Diva Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Sadly, the 2022 Makybe Diva Stakes winner I’m Thunderstruck would go on to be euthanised in March of 2023 following arthroscopic fetlock surgery. He suffered a catastrophic knee injury whilst getting up after general anaesthetic.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Mr Brightside Alligator Blood Osipenko 1:37.4
2022 I’m Thunderstruck Alligator Blood Mo’unga 1:37.8
2021 Incentivise Mo’unga Sir Dragonet 1:36.6
2020 Fierce Impact Russian Camelot So Si Bon 1:36.3
2019 Gatting Mystic Journey Mr Quickie 1:33.9
2018 Grunt Kings Will Dream Jon Snow 1:34.9
2017 Humidor Hartnell Black Heart Bart 1:35.3
2016 Palentino Black Heart Bart He Or She 1:36.2
2015 Fawkner Rising Romance Entirely Platinum 1:37.9
2014 Dissident Fawkner Puissance De Lune 1:36.9
2013 Foreteller Puissance De Lune Moudre 1:37.0
2012 Southern Speed Manighar Moudre 1:37.8
2011 Littorio Glass Harmonium Midas Touch 1:37.8
2010 Shocking Heart Of Dreams Vigor 1:41.7
2009 Vigor Typhoon Tracy Master O’Reilly 1:35.8
2008 Weekend Hussler Zarita Littorio 1:38.6
2007 Marasco Apache Cat Zipping 1:36.7
2006 Pompeii Ruler Sphenophyta Zipping 1:38.5
2005 Confectioner Free At Last Our Smoking Joe 1:35.8
2004 Hugs Dancer Elvstoem Zagalia 1:38.2
2003 Pentastic Walk On Air Mummify 1:37.2
2002 Northerly Le Zagaletta Silver Baron 1:37.9
2001 Native Jazz Aka Bilk Universal Prince 1:37.4
2000 Go Flash Go Oliver Twist Showella 1:42.1