Makybe Diva Stakes 2019

Saturday September 14, 2019

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. The only elite level race at the meeting the weight-for-age showdown is worth $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 Shocking (2010), Weekend Hussler (2008), Northerly (2002), Jeune (1995), Zabeel (1990) and Rose Of Kingston (1982).

This year the Makybe Diva Stakes runs on Saturday September 14, 2019 .

Makybe Diva Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 14, 2019
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1948

Makybe Diva Stakes Odds

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) the last galloper to complete the double. The other horse in the past 10 years to win both the Memsie Stakes and Makybe Diva Stakes was Weekend Hussler (2008).

Favourites have a poor recent record with just two saluting in the past 10 years – the aforementioned Dissident and Weekend Hussler. 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.

2019 Makybe Diva Stakes Betting

The latest Makybe Diva Stakes 2019 betting odds and links to our Group 1 spring racing markets will be available here once open.


Makybe Diva Stakes Field

The Makybe Diva Stakes 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 only once since 1997 have there been under 10 starters in the race when Marasco (2007) had just seven rivals to defeat in an eight-starter field.

Makybe Diva Stakes betting at Ladbrokes

Dissident (inside) led Makybe Diva Stakes betting and was the last favourite to salute for the punters back in 2014. Photo Credit: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Horses may come into the Makbe 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.

2019 Makybe Diva Stakes Field

The official Makybe Diva Stakes 2019 Final Field & Barriers will be published in full below once acceptances for the Group 1 Flemington feature close the Wednesday of race week.

The 2019 Makybe Diva Stakes Field attracted 15 gallopers led by the flying mare Mystic Journey who continues her Ladbrokes Cox Plate campaign as the hot favourite in gate 10. 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 0x53233x34 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Craig Williams 11 59kg 116
2 50x112142x GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams Ms Linda Meech 6 59kg 115
3 4x817333x0 HUMIDOR (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 14 59kg 115
4 730x53x121 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 9 59kg 114
5 192251557x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 13 59kg 110
6 2425×51225 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Jamie Kah 8 59kg 108
7 1x43236Px5 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 5 59kg 105
8 1x60110x67 FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Allen 3 59kg 109
9 436013x10x YUCATAN (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 2 59kg 108
10 60x34000x5 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 15 59kg 103
11 32x00x048x SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 1 59kg 105
12 11x112131x MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes John Allen 12 58.5kg 105
13 511x1111x1 MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Anthony Darmanin 10 56.5kg 116
14 4130x08x77 OOHOOD Tony & Calvin McEvoy Michael Dee 4 56.5kg 103
15 25x14941x2 QAFILA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 7 56.5kg 102

2019 Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations

The Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations for 2019 close on the Monday of race week with the full list of early entries to be made available below.

There are 18 official 2019 Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations this season with early entries dominated by the Ladbrokes Cox Plate favourite – Mystic Journey – who won the Australian Guineas – All-Star Mile double over this track and distance in the autumn. 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1x60110x67 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 109
2 50x112142x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 9 Matthew Williams 115
3 2425×51225 GATTING G 6 Darren Mcauliffe 108
4 0x53233x34 HARTNELL (GB) G 9 James Cummings 116
5 4x817333x0 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 115
6 880x105x03 ICONOCLASM H 5 Danny O’Brien 99
7 1x43236Px5 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 105
8 11x112131x MR QUICKIE G 4 Phillip Stokes 105
9 511x1111x1 MYSTIC JOURNEY M 4 Adam Trinder 116
10 60x34000x5 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 103
11 4130x08x77 OOHOOD M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 103
12 25x14941x2 QAFILA M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
13 192251557x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 110
14 730x53x121 SCALES OF JUSTICE H 7 Lindsey Smith 114
15 32x00x048x SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney 105
16 211x36621x VOW AND DECLARE G 4 Danny O’Brien 100
17 x265212733 WAGING WAR G 6 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 95
18 436013x10x YUCATAN (IRE) H 6 Liam Howley 108

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 three last start winners to take out the Memsie Stakes since 2008.

Inside barriers have produced five Makybe Diva Stakes winners from 2012 -2018, 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.

2019 Makybe Diva Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Makybe Diva Stakes 2019 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 Place: #3 Humidor ($21) 

Was flat first-up in the Memsie Stakes but happy to forgive and suggest a huge improvement here getting out over a mile. Won’t beat the wonder mare Mystic Journey, but can sneak in a top three finish with a brilliant second-up record (6:4-1-0) in a race he won back in 2017. 

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 two editions of the race aboard Littorio (2011) and Adelaide mare Southern Speed (2012) in the past decade, 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.

Makybe Diva Stakes Form Facts

  • Single-digit Makybe Diva Stakes barriers produced five winners from 2012 – 2018
  • 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 two saluting from 2008 – 2018
  • The Memsie Stakes is a key lead-up producing all but one of the Makybe Diva winners from 2014 – 2018 including Dissident (2014) who did the double and Humidor (2017) who improved on a lead-up eighth to defeat that year’s odds-on favourite Hartnell

2019 Makybe Diva Stakes Form Guide

A link to our detailed Makybe Diva Stakes 2019 Form Guide and betting preview will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Makybe Diva Stakes Results

The Makybe Diva Stakes 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 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).

2019 Makybe Diva Stakes Results

The official Makybe Diva Stakes 2019 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 14, 2019 .

Makybe Diva Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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