The Makybe Diva Stakes is a 1600 metre weight-for-age race for horses three-years-old and over run by the Victoria Racing Club. It is held in early September at Flemington racecourse.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO & Up WFA
- Distance: 1600 metres
- Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday 16 September 2017
The Makybe Diva Stakes, previously called the Craiglee Stakes, was first held over 10 furlongs (about 2000 metres) in 1948 and was won by a horse called Lungi. The following year it was won by Comic Court who went on to win the 1950 Melbourne Cup. In 1965 the race was reduced to 1600m and it became a Group 2 race. In 2007 it was renamed the Makybe Diva Stakes, and in 2013 it became a Group 1 race.
Lead-up races are the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (formerly called the JJ Liston Stakes) held in mid-August and the Memsie Stakes held one week earlier. Horses that perform well in this race often go on to run in the Underwood Stakes. In recent years the favourite has rarely won this race, and mares do not have a very good strike rate.
Makybe Diva Stakes Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early markets for this years Makybe Diva Stakes.‘Odds not currently available’
Makybe Diva Stakes Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
There is a field of 12 for the $500,000 PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes. One is resuming from a spell, six are second-up, and five are having their third run back from a spell. The short-priced favourite is Hartnell who won the PB Lawrence Stakes impressively when resuming. Second favourite is last years runer-up Black Heart Bart who was 3rd in the PB Lawrence then 2nd in the Memsie, which 7 other runners in this race also ran in. Third favourite is Le Romain who was 5th in the Memsie after 2nd in the Group 2 Missile Stakes when resuming.
Hey Doc was 4th in the Memsie and loves this track. Humidor should improve on 8th in the Memsie with the step up in distance. Jon Snow was 6th in the Memsie and could run well. Gailo Chop was impressive winning the Penny Edition Stakes in Adelaide last start and will go well again. All other runners are currently at 20 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Hartnell||1 Hartnell||1 Hartnell|
|2 Black Heart Bart||2 Black Heart Bart||6 Humidor|
|5 Gailo Chop||3 Le Romain||3 Le Romain|
|3 Le Romain||9 Hey Doc||2 Black Heart Bart|
Previous winners of the Makybe Diva Stakes:
This is a tough race to win and only two horses have won it more than once – Sailor’s Guide in 1956 and 1957 and Chicquita in 1950 and 1951. The only three-year-old to win was Acramitis in 1954. Past Makybe Diva Stakes winners include Melbourne Cup winners, Cox Plate winners, Caulfield Cup winners and Newmarket Handicap winners.
Zabeel won in 1990 and has since sired well over 100 individual stakeswinners and his bloodlines can be found in the fields of every important staying race in Australia. Other notable winners include Northerly, Sky Heights, Rose of Kingston, Ming Dynasty, Gay Icarus, Rain Lover, Tobin Bronze and Light Fingers. Lee Freedman has trained most winners with four, and jockeys Damien Oliver, Michael Clarke and Craig Williams have each had 3 winners.
|2017||Humidor (NZ)||Hartnell||Black Heart Bart|
|2016||Palentino||Black Heart Bart||He Or She|
|2015||Fawkner||Rising Romance (NZ)||Entirely Platinum (NZ)|
|2014||Dissident||Fawkner||Puissance De Lune(IRE)|
|2013||Foreteller (GB)||Puissance De Lune(IRE)||Moudre|
|2011||Littorio||Glass Harmonium||Midas Touch|
|2010||Shocking||Heart Of Dreams||Vigor|
|2009||Vigor||Typhoon Tracy||Master O’Reilly|
|2006||Pompeii Ruler||Sphenophyta (NZ)||Zipping|
|2005||Confectioner||Free At Last||Our Smoking Joe|
|2004||Hugs Dancer (FR)||Elvstroem||Zagalia|
|2003||Pentastic||Walk On Air||Mummify|
|2002||Northerly||Le Zagaletta||Silver Baron|
|2001||Native Jazz (NZ)||Aka Bilk||Universal Prince|
|2000||Go Flash Go||Oliver Twist||Showella|