Makybe Diva Stakes

Makybe Diva Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1600m

The Makybe Diva Stakes will be run on September 11, 2021, with betting now available on this group 1 feature horse race. Named after the great Australian racehorse, the Makybe Diva Stakes is run over the mile and has attracted some long odds winners over the years. Our Makybe Diva Stakes preview, includes all the latest Makybe Diva Stakes news, tips and historical information pertinent to punters. You can navigate our Makya Diva Stakes preview via the jump links above.

Makybe Diva Stakes – Named in honour of the great mare

Named in honour of the three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, the Makybe Diva Stakes is one of the early Group 1 events of the Melbourne spring.

The 1600m feature is run at Melbourne’s premier race track Flemington in mid-September and gained its Group 1 level status in 2013. It was originally named the Craiglee Stakes up until 2006 when Racing Victoria changed the name.

Due to the middle distance of the mile, the Makybe Diva Stakes winners list features a wide-range of thoroughbreds that includes sprinters, middle distance horses and stayers.

2010 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking used the Makybe Diva in its preparation and trainers have since used it as a key lead into the Melbourne Cup. Makybe Diva Stakes betting is open for months in advance of the race, with bookies generally framing a futures market.


2022 Makybe Diva Stakes betting odds

Markets for the 2022 Makybe Diva Stakes are currently unavailable.


Best bookmakers for the Makybe Diva Stakes

Most bookmakers will open markets for the Makybe Diva Stakes in July/August, once all the nominations are received. This can differ depending on the bookmaker, so keep checking in with our bookmakers listed below for updated markets.

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Betting statistics for the Makybe Diva Stakes

In the last 35 years, only 13 favourites have won the Makybe Diva Stakes, with a further 11 having filled a placing. This means the Makybe Diva Stakes betting has been somewhat of a money-pit for punters over the years.

Only three of the last 11 favourites Incentivise (2021), Fierce Impact (2020) and Dissident (2014) have won with an average price of $3.40 which makes the group one a wide-open affair where favourites don’t have a good record.

Three of the last 10 favourites have failed to finish in the first three and an incredible nine horses in the last 34 years have won paying in double figures. The average price for those winners is $19.75 which made certain punters extremely happy.

Some of the favoured runners that suffered defeat include: Lights Of Heaven ($1.90), Our Smoking Joe ($3), Baryshnikov ($1.90), Super Impose ($3), Typhoon Tracey ($2.05) and Apache Cat ($1.80).

Those are some champions that failed to win the Makybe Diva Stakes at short odds, but there have been some favourites win as well. We must not leave out Dissident ($1.82), Weekend Hussler ($1.90), Northerly ($2.15) and Sky Heights ($2.20).

Those names are synonymous with Australian racing and punters have to make sure they are betting on a champion to ensure their money is safe.

Punters should also note that the middle barrier draw is the most successful. There have been six winners from barrier six, with five wins coming in barriers one and eight.

2021 Makybe Diva Stakes result


1stIncentivise ($3.90)
2ndMo’unga ($1.75)
3rdSir Dragonet ($7.00)

Recent Makybe Diva Stakes winners

  • Having opened a $7.50 chance in the 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes final field markets, the Peter Moody-trained Incentivise staked his claim as a genuine Cup contender when leading all the way in the Makybe Diva Stakes. Having dominated the QLD Winter Racing Carnival, all eyes were on Incentivise and whether he could measure up at Group 1 level in Melbourne en route to a Melbourne Cup start. He silenced those doubts in remarkable fashion, going on to beat last start Winx Stakes winner Mo’unga and the 2020 Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet in a field that consisted of 10 previous Group 1 winners.
  • The 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes was expected to be a battle between Russian Camelot and Fierce Impact. It was the Matthew Smith-trained Fierce Impact who had the last laugh when defeating Russian Camelot in a ding-dong battle over the final furlong. The Russian was forced to do it the hard way after being 3/4 wide without cover the entire race, whilst Fierce Impact saved plenty of ground along the inside half of the track. It was Fierce Impact’s third Group 1 win, after suffering a narrow defeat in the Winx Stakes at his previous start.
  • When Gatting saluted at odds of $101 it was one of the biggest upsets in Group 1 history. The Darren McCauliffe-trained gelding’s win handed Jamie Kah her second Group 1 win and was the last win of Gatting’s career. Race favourite Mystic Journey loomed up to Gatting’s girth with 300m to go, but it was the roughie who found another gear to kick clear and cause the boil-over.
  • Grunt was well in commission a month in advance of the Makybe Diva Stakes but poor lead-in form led the punters to desert him. What a mistake that would prove to be. After traveling well throughout the race Grunt zoomed past long time leader Black Heart Bart and the 400m and put pay to the field, which was as good as any you’ll see in the 2018 spring. Melbourne Cup hopeful Kings Will Dream ran well into second while New Zealand star Jon Snow clung on gamely for third.
  • Humidor created a big upset when launching late to beat $1.70 race favourite Hartnell. Former New Zealand runner Humidor wasn’t expected to hit top gear in a fresh state, but the group one winner sprouted wings down the Flemington straight to record and effortless victory. Hartnell battled on well for second, but it was an under par performance from the horse that was on the second line of the Cox Plate betting.
  • Darren Weir-trained both first and second, with four year old Palentino Saluting from Black Heart Bart, who was the more fancied of the two runners with punters. Black Heart Bart had previously won the Memsie Stakes first up. Jumping at $2.05, Black Heart Bart hit the front at the top of the straight, but was a sitting duck for Mark Zahra and Palentino, who paid $9. He or she finished further back in third. Our full report.
  • Fawkner had been withdrawn from the Memsie Stakes because of a poor barrier draw, but overcame a lack of a preparation race to win the Makybe Diva. The eight year old was ridden by Damien Oliver, who sent her forward early to overcome barrier 11. Oliver kept Fawkner close to the lead and eventually hit the front at the 200m mark. Rising Romance and Entirely Platinum pushed all the way but in the end it was Fawkner by a half neck.
  • Dissident made it back to back group 1 wins in this race. Sitting second mid-race behind Messene, with a huge gap over the rest of the field, the pair slowed at the 600m mark. Around the behind Dissident moved up to Messene with the field charging behind. Fawkner was the main threat and finished hard but the $2.70 favourite held on for a great victory with Ben Melham onboard. Peter Moody was the trainer.
  • Foreteller and Craig Newitt were victorious with the win paying straight up punters $15. Puissance De Lune (the Melbourne Cup favourite that year) was all the rage, jumping at $2.35. Foreteller, trained by Chris Waller, knocked Puissance De Lune off in the final few strides of the race, with another stayer Moudre ($91) back in third.

Makybe Diva Stakes winners

Makybe Diva StakesPast Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2021 Incentivise Brett Prebble Brett Prebble
2020 Fierce Impact Mark Zhara Matthew Smith
2019 Gatting Jamie Kah Darren Mcauliffe
2018 Grunt Damien Oliver Mick Price
2017 Humidor Damian Lane Darren Weir
2016 Palentino Mark Zahra Darren Weir
2015 Fawkner Damien Oliver Robert Hickmott
2014 Dissident Ben Melham Peter Moody
2013 Foreteller Craig Newitt Chris Waller
2012 Southern Speed Craig Williams Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
2011 Littorio Craig Williams Nigel Blackiston
2010 Shocking Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh
2009 Vigor Damien Oliver Damien Oliver
2008 Weekend Hussler Brad Rawiller Ross McDonald
2007 Marasco Darren Beadman Fred Kersley
2006 Pompeii Ruler Craig Newitt Mick Price
2005 Confectioner Craig Williams David Hayes
2004 Hugs Dancer Greg Childs Tony McEvoy
2003 Pentastic Steven Arnold David Hall
2002 Northerly Greg Childs Fred Kersley
2001 Native Jazz Brett Prebble Myles Plumb
2000 Go Flash Neville Wilson John Blakey

Makybe Diva Stakes winners pre-2000

Makybe Diva Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Sky Heights
1998 Umrum
1997 Marble Halls
1996 Saleous
1995 Jeune
1994 Mahogany
1993 Mannerism
1992 Star Of The Realm
1991 Durbridge
1990 Zabeel
1989 Apollo Run
1988 High Regard
1987 Military Plume
1986 King Phoenix
1985 Fine Offer
1984 Prolific
1983 Pleach
1982 Rose Of Kingston
1981 Sovereign Red
1980 Big Print
1979 Dulcify
1978 Family Of Man
1977 Ming Dynasty
1976 How Now
1975 Tontonan
1974 All Shot
1973 Gay Icarus
1972 Gossiper
1971 Dual Choice
1970 Gay Poss
1969 Rain Lover
1968 Lowland
1967 Star Belle
1966 Tobin Bronze
1965 Light Fingers
1964 Sir Dane
1963 Havelock
1962 Aquanita
1961 Lord
1960 Nilarco
1959 Vogel
1958 White Hills
1957 Sailor’s Guide
1956 Sailor’s Guide
1955 Cromis
1954 Acramitis
1953 Aldershot
1952 Great Western
1951 Chicquita
1950 Chicquita
1949 Comic Court
1948 Lungi
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