Horse Racing | Makybe Diva Stakes

Formerly known as the Craiglee Stakes, the Makybe Diva Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age event run over 1600m at Flemington Racecourse held during the Melbourne Spring Carnival. The race’s name was changed in 2007 in honour of the three-time Melbourne Cup winning mare (Makybe Diva) and elevated to Group 1 status in 2013. Run over eight furlongs on the Makybe Diva Stakes Day, the Flemington mile often suits a tough sprinter or an up and coming stayer. The track’s long straight often bring frontrunners undone, but it also gives back-markers a real chance to reel in the opposition.

Quality horses dominate the honours board; with the likes of Southern Speed (Caulfield Cup winner), Shocking (Melbourne Cup winner), Weekend Hussler (6 Group 1s in a single season), Northlery (Cox Plate), Jeune (Melbourne Cup winner), Mahogany (8 Group 1 victories) and Zabeel (champion sire) having won this race. The Makybe Diva is the first stakes race over a mile in the new Victorian racing season, and it’s a stepping stone for horses chasing further Group 1 glory in races like the Underwood Stakes and the Turnbull Stakes.

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PREVIOUS MAKYBE DIVA STAKES WINNERS

PREVIOUS MAKYBE DIVA STAKES WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 PALENTINO MARK ZAHRA DARREN WEIR 01:36.2
2015 FAWKNER DAMIEN OLIVER ROBERT HICKMOTT 01:37.9
2014 DISSIDENT BEN MELHAM PETER MOODY 01:36.3
2013 FORETELLER CRAIG NEWITT CHRIS WALLER 01:37.0
2012 SOUTHERN SPEED CRAIG WILLIAMS L MACDONALD & A GLUYAS 01:37.8
2011 LITTORIO CRAIG WILLIAMS NIGEL BLACKISTON 01:37.8
2010 SHOCKING MICHAEL RODD MARK KAVANAGH 01:41.7
2009 VIGOR JAMES WINKS DANNY O’BRIEN 01:35.8
2008 WEEKEND HUSSLER BRAD RAWILLER ROSS MCDONALD 01:38.6
2007 MARASCO DARREN BEADMAN FRED KERSLEY 01:36.7
2006 POMPEII RULER CRAIG NEWITT MICK PRICE 01:38.5