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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|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|