Makybe Diva Stakes attracts 15 nominations

The late I’m Thunderstruck arrived in time to grab Alligator Blood when claiming the 2022 Makybe Diva Stakes. (Picture: Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Last-start Group 1 winners Fangirl and Mr Brightside headline the 15 nominations for the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Having saluted in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m), the Chris Waller-trained Fangirl will be looking to add a first Victorian Group 1 to her elite-level successes in Sydney.

Fangirl has just once started the ‘Victorian way’, when saluting at the Melbourne Cup Carnival in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) in 2021.

Mr Brightside will be aiming for a first Flemington Group 1 victory having saluted in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last time out.

Having finished second to Mr Brightside in the Memsie, Princess Grace will be looking to go one better in Saturday’s Group 1 if connections opt to accept.

One notable nominee for the Makybe Diva Stakes is superstar Perth mare Amelia’s Jewel.

While she does hold a nomination for the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m), also at Flemington, it would set up a mouth-watering contest between two of the best horses in Australia if she does goes up against Mr Brightside.

Alligator Blood, who finished second in the race last year behind I’m Thunderstruck, is expected to improve greatly from his first-up fourth in the Memsie Stakes, with Damien Oliver booked for the galloper from the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott barn.

The final field for the 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes is set to be released at 11am on Wednesday morning.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 nominations

# Horse Trainer
1 Aegon Andrew Forsman
2 Alligator Blood Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
3 Amelia’s Jewel Simon Miller
4 Duke De Sessa Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
5 Fangirl Chris Waller
6 Francesco Guardi Chris Waller
7 Going Global Chris Waller
8 Hinged Chris Waller
9 Lindermann Chris Waller
10 Mr Brightside Ben, Will & JD Hayes
11 My Oberon Annabel Neasham
12 Osipenko Chris Waller
13 Princess Grace Chris Waller
14 Spanish Mission Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman
15 Zaaki Annabel Neasham

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5 months ago

Good article so accurate… Amelias Jewell not nomd 🤣 idiots

Phil's smarter twin
Phil's smarter twin
5 months ago
Reply to  Phil

Amelia’s Jewel is dual nominated for Saturday – Let’s Elope Stakes & Makybe Diva Stakes.
Will most likely accept in the Let’s Elope Stakes!