Makybe Diva Stakes 2017


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 $400,000 and often attracts horses that ran in the season’s first Group 1, the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield a fortnight before. 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 will be run on September, 2017.

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 & Odds

Makybe Diva Stakes betting markets usually have horses that come via the Memsie Stakes two weeks early 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.

Makybe Diva Stakes Tips

Makybe Diva Stakes tips often predict an upset result with double-figure runners boasting a good record in the race. Horses that ran well in their lead-up races also tend to dominate predictions as there have been three last start winners to take out the Memsie Stakes since 2008. Inside barriers have produced four of the past five champions 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.

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 of the past four editions of the race aboard 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.

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.

2016 Makybe Diva Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 10 PALENTINO Darren Weir Mark Zahra 5 58.5kg $9
2 3 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Damien Oliver 1L 8 59kg $2.05F
3 7 HE OR SHE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 3L 6 59kg $13
4 5 JACQUINOT BAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Nicholas Hall 4L 9 59kg $31
5 4 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Daniel Moor 4.1L 7 59kg $13
6 1 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir John Allen 4.2L 12 59kg $81
7 12 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 4.95L 2 57kg $9
8 2 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Ben Melham 5.05L 11 59kg $51
9 13 SOFIA ROSA (NZ) Stephen Marsh Ms Danielle Johnson 5.8L 13 56.5kg $41
10 9 TARZINO (NZ) Mick Price Craig Newitt 6L 4 58.5kg $11
11 8 ALPINE EAGLE Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 6.2L 10 59kg $21
12 6 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 8.95L 1 59kg $19
13 11 AYERS ROCK Shawn Mathrick Luke Nolen 13.2L 3 58.5kg $201

Makybe Diva Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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