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The Makybe Diva Stakes is a Group 1 event raced under weight-for-age conditions each year in September at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $400,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Makybe Diva Stakes was won by Palentino from Black Heart Bart with He Or She third.
Formerly known as the Craiglee Stakes, the race was changed to the Makybe Diva Stakes in 2007 in honour of champion mare and three time Melbourne Cup winner, Makybe Diva, and was upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1 status for the 2013/2014 racing season.
The Makybe Diva Stakes generally attracts quality gallopers and the race itself signals the beginning of better middle distance races to come during the Melbourne spring racing carnival.
Being over 1600 metres, the race distance can suit a solid sprinter or an up and coming stayer, and the roomy Flemington track with it's long straight gives all types of horses a chance, whether they race on the pace or come from behind.
The Makybe Diva Stakes is the first group race over a mile for the new Victorian racing season and provides the ideal lead up race for the upcoming Gr1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield and the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes the following month at Flemington.
In recent times the race has been a handy guide to future big race performers and is a race that sees classy performers go around year after year. Other group races on Makybe Diva Stakes Day include the Gr2 Danehill Stakes, Gr2 Let's Elope Stakes and Gr3 Bobbie Lewis Quality.
Palentino (2016) ran fifth in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before wearing down the short priced favourite Black Heart Bart to win this event and recent Makybe Diva Stakes winners include Fawkner (2015) and Dissident (2014).
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The Makybe Diva Stakes is always a good guide to future big race winners during the spring and Black Heart Bart (2nd in 2016) won the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield after running second in this race. He Or She (3rd in 2016) ran second to Black Heart Bart in that race.
Foreteller (2013) finish runner-up in the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes after tasting success in this event.
Glass Harmonium (2nd in 2011) managed to finish second in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington before winning the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes at the same track, while Midas Touch (3rd in 2011) went on to run third in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield.
Shocking (2010) ran second in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington before returning in the autumn to win the Gr1 Australian Cup at the same track, while Monaco Consul (7th in 2010) finished runner-up in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield the following month.
Typhoon Tracy (2nd in 2009) took out the Gr2 Tristarc Stakes on Caulfield Cup day before scoring a brilliant win in the Gr1 Myer Classic on Derby day at Flemington.
2016 Makybe Diva Stakes result
1. $9.00 Palentino 58.5 Mark Zahra
2. $2.05 Black Heart Bart 59.0 Damien Oliver
3. $13.00 He Or She 59.0 Craig Williams
4. $31.00 Jacquinot Bay 59.0 Nicholas Hall
5. $13.00 Our Ivanhowe 59.0 Daniel Moor
6. $81.00 Prince Of Penzance 59.0 John Allen
7. $9.00 Rising Romance 57.0 Damian Lane
8. $51.00 Happy Trails 59.0 Ben Melham
9. $41.00 Sofia Rosa 56.5 Ms Danielle Johnson
10. $11.00 Tarzino 58.5 Craig Newitt
11. $21.00 Alpine Eagle 59.0 Luke Currie
12. $19.00 Entirely Platinum 59.0 Dwayne Dunn
13. $201.00 Ayers Rock 58.5 Luke Nolen
Margins: 1 len, 3 len Time: 1:36.26
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