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 $750,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Makybe Diva Stakes was won by Humidor from Hartnell with Black Heart Bart 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.
|Date:||Saturday 15th September 2018|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
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.
Humidor (2017) finished unplaced in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before storming home to win this event and recent Makybe Diva Stakes winners include Palentino (2016) and Fawkner (2015).
The Makybe Diva Stakes is always a good guide to future big race winners during the spring and jon Snow (8th in 2017) managed to win the Gr3 JRA Cup at Moonee Valley at his next start.
Darren Weir trained Black Heart Bart (2nd in 2016) won the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield after running second in this race, while 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.
1. $17.00 Humidor 59.0 Damian Lane
2. $1.70 Hartnell 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $8.50 Black Heart Bart 59.0 Brad Rawiller
4. $18.00 Gailo Chop 59.0 Mark Zahra
5. $101.00 Single Gaze 57.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
6. $91.00 Ventura Storm 59.0 Regan Bayliss
7. $81.00 Tavago 59.0 Damien Oliver
8. $21.00 Jon Snow 58.5 Stephen Baster
9. $51.00 Inference 58.5 Dwayne Dunn
10. $8.50 Hey Doc 58.5 Luke Currie
11. $14.00 Le Romain 59.0 Ben Melham
12. $81.00 Seaburge 58.5 Craig Williams
Margins: 3.25 len, 0.5 len
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|2017||Humidor||Hartnell||Black Heart Bart||1:35.3|
|2016||Palentino||Black Heart Bart||He Or She||1:36.2|
|2015||Fawkner||Rising Romance||Entirely Platinum||1:37.9|
|2014||Dissident||Fawkner||Puissance De Lune||1:36.9|
|2013||Foreteller||Puissance De Lune||Moudre||1:37.0|
|2011||Littorio||Glass Harmonium||Midas Touch||1:37.8|
|2010||Shocking||Heart Of Dreams||Vigor||1:41.7|
|2009||Vigor||Typhoon Tracy||Master O'Reilly||1:35.8|
|2005||Confectioner||Free At Last||Our Smoking Joe||1:35.8|
|2003||Pentastic||Walk On Air||Mummify||1:37.2|
|2002||Northerly||Le Zagaletta||Silver Baron||1:37.9|
|2001||Native Jazz||Aka Bilk||Universal Prince||1:37.4|
|2000||Go Flash Go||Oliver Twist||Showella||1:42.1|
|1999||Sky Heights||Laebeel||What Can I Say||1:37.3|
|1997||Marble Halls||Count Chivas||Istidaad||1:37.6|
|1993||Mannerism||Air Seattle||Our Pompeii||1:38.8|
|1992||Star Of The Realm||Subzero||Grooming||1:38.7|
|1989||Apollo Run||Almaarad||Super Impose||1:37.2|
|1988||High Regard||Rancho Ruler||Flotilla||1:38.0|
|1987||Military Plume||Society Bay||Royal Heights||1:36.3|
|1986||King Phoenix||At Talaq||Always Summer||1:37.2|
|1985||Fine Offer||Tristarc||Kiwi Slave||1:44.3|
|1982||Rose Of Kingston||Cobra||Aliez Bijou||1:37.2|
|1981||Sovereign Red||Deck The Halls||Mr Independent||1:36.5|
|1980||Big Print||Family Of Man||My Brown Jug||1:36.6|