Facts and figures of Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes

Makybe Diva
The great mare herself, Makybe Diva, pictured with Glenn Boss after winning the Melbourne Cup in 2004.

MAKYBE DIVA STAKES

  • 1600m
  • $750,000
  • weight-for-age

HISTORY

  • First run in 1948 when won by Lungi
  • Group One from 2013. Run over 2000m 1948-64. Until 2006 known as Craiglee Stakes

NOTABLE WINNERS

  • Comic Court (1949)
  • Chicquita (1950/51)
  • Sailor’s Guide (1956/57)
  • Light Fingers (1965)
  • Rain Lover (1969)
  • Dulcify (1979)
  • Zabeel (1990)
  • Mahogany (1994)
  • Jeune (1995)
  • Northerly (2002)
  • Weekend Hussler (2008)
  • Fawkner (2015)
  • Palentino (2016)
  • Humidor (2017)
  • Grunt (2018)

TALKING POINTS

  • Mystic Journey will be aiming to stretch her unbeaten sequence to eight, stretching back to last spring
  • Mystic Journey will also be attempting to maintain an unbeaten 1600m record at Flemington following wins in the Australian Guineas and All-Star Mile
  • Scales Of Justice won Melbourne’s first Group One race of the season, the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. The Makybe Diva is the second Group One on Saturday
  • Humidor is attempting to win the race for the second time having been successful in 2017
  • Gailo Chop is resuming from an almost 18 month break. He finished fourth to Humidor in 2017
  • The Lloyd and Nick Williams-owned Fawkner won in 2015 for Robert Hickmott. The father-and-son team have Yucatan resuming for Liam Howley
  • The Lindsay Park stable is looking to breakthrough for their first win in the race since 2005 when Confectioner won and will be represented by Rostropovich, Fifty Stars and Qafila
  • Godolphin has yet to record a victory and will be represented by Hartnell for James Cummings

WHAT THE KEY PLAYERS ARE SAYING:

  • “I think she’s in really good order so she’s going to give a really accurate account of herself. We’re confident she’s good enough and we’re hopeful that’s the case” – Mystic Journey’s trainer Adam Trinder
  • “We think he can run a competitive race, but there’s a good one in the race which will make it a bit hard” – co-trainer Ben Hayes on Rostropovich who runs for the first time for Lindsay Park
  • “The other day was great so while he’s in the vein of form he’s in he can take that mare on” – trainer Lindsey Smith on tackling Mystic Journey with last start Memsie Stakes winner Scales Of Justice
  • “For an older horse that has had a long lay-off, you just can’t replace the match fitness no matter how much you do at home. I would think if he was finishing in the first half on Saturday that would certainly be a pass mark,” – Gailo Chop’s trainer Matthew Williams
  • “Last time in he won first-up over 1400 metres. He’s had the grounding for it but there’s nothing like match fitness” – trainer Phillip Stokes on the first-up chances of Mr Quickie