2019 Makybe Diva Stakes Preview


The 2019 Makybe Diva Stakes headlines a huge day of racing at Flemington and we are set for an outstanding edition of the Group 1 event this Saturday.

Star mare Mystic Journey is currently a dominant favourite in Makybe Diva Stakes betting with Ladbrokes, but she will face stiff competition from a host of Group 1 winners that include Hartnell, Gailo Chop, Humidor, Scales Of Justice, Mr Quikcie and Oohood.

We have analysed all 15 horses and our complete 2019 Makybe Diva Stakes tips can be found below.


Hartnell might just be racing as well as ever. He wasn’t beaten far by Mystic Journey first-up in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes and he didn’t have any luck in running when he finished fourth behind Scales Of Justice in the Memsie Stakes. The question is whether he can turn-the-tables on Mystic Journey in the Makybe Diva Stakes as he did look to have his chance to beat her in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes.

Gailo Chop

Gailo Chop will return to the races for the first time since he finished second behind Winx in the 2018 edition of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He has bowed a tendon since and has been transferred from the care of Darren Weir to Matthew Williams. His two trials win at Cranbourne suggest that he is going well and his best form would have him right in this contest, but there is no doubt that he will need this run under his belt.


Humidor returned from a lengthy lay-off with a fairly flay effort in the Memsie Stakes. In saying that, he always goes to another level second-up and he has won the Makybe Diva Stakes at big odds in the past. The wide barrier draw means that he will get a long way back in the run, but he does have an excellent turn-of-foot on his day and $21 is over the odds.

Scales Of Justice

Scales Of Justice justified strong betting support when he won the Memsie Stakes last start and he has already been well-backed in Makybe Diva Stakes betting. There was plenty to like about his Memsie Stakes performance and the step-up to 1600 metres should be ideal. In saying that, he did have a clear fitness edge over his main rivals in the Memsie Stakes and he might not have as much upside as some of his rivals in the Makybe Diva Stakes. I am happy to take him on at the current price.


Rostropovich will return to the races for the first time since he finished a credible seventh in the Hong Kong Vase. In his only previous starts in Australia, he has finished fifth in both the Ladbrokes Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup and there is no doubt that he has plenty of ability. This is short of his best trip and he should take a fair amount of improvement from this performance.


Gatting returned to the races with a flat effort in the Idyllic Prince Stakes in Perth and this does seem like optimistic placement at this stage of his racing career. He is the extreme outsider of this field for a reason.

Kings Will Dream

Kings Will Dream returned to the races with a more than credible performance in the Winx Stakes and he should take good improvement from that effort. He finished second behind Grunt in this contest 12 months ago and he generally does improve the further that he gets into his campaign. The import will probably need one more run before he performs at his very best, but $18 does represent a touch of value.

Fifty Stars

Fifty Stars is on the quick back-up after he finished seventh behind Homesman in the Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes last start. Connections blamed the wet track for his lackluster effort, but that is now two flat efforts in a row. I can’t have him in a race of this quality.


Yucatan will return to the races for the first time since he was beaten as favourite in the Melbourne Cup. He could hardly have been more impressive when he won the Ladbrokes Herbert Power Stakes last year and there is no doubt that he has serious talent. I doubt that he will be revved right up for this contest and he will be better over further, but he is one to follow going forward.

Night’s Watch

Night’s Watch was a good thing beaten in the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap at Caulfield last start and the wide barrier draw means that he will need some luck in running once again. He is yet to prove himself at Group 1 weight-for-age age level and I don’t think that he has the class to win a race of this quality.


Sound has never really fired since arriving in Australia. His best run came in the Tancred Stakes, where he finished fourth behind Avilius, and that was on a heavy track. It would surprise to see him in the mix over 1600 metres.

Mr Quickie

Mr Quickie will return to the races for the first time since he won the Queensland Derby in impressive fashion and the form coming out of that race has been strong. I am exciting to see what he can achieve during his Spring Racing Carnival campaign, but I think he will be better with this run under his belt.

Mystic Journey

Mystic Journey is the horse to beat in the Makybe Diva Stakes. She ran all the fastest closing sectionals when she won the P.B. Lawrence Stakes and there is no doubt that she should improve from that performance. She went to another level when she got out to 1600 metres last campaign and she won both the Australian Guineas and the All Star Mile over this track and distance. Barrier ten shouldn’t be an issue as she has shown plenty of tactical versatility during her racing career to date and she has the ability to get herself out of trouble.


Oohood showed some improvement to finish seventh in the Memsie Stakes, but I am still not convinced that she is racing at her very best. She really does need to lift if she is going to be a serious player at this level.


This is a big step-up in class for Qafila following her second place finish in the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap. She showed her quality when she won the South Australian Derby earlier this year, but she would need to go to another level again to be a genuine chance in the Makybe Diva Stakes.

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