Makybe Diva Stakes
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The Makybe Diva Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Weights For Age conditions for open class horses at Flemington conducted by the Victoria Racing Club.
The Makybe Diva Stakes is run over 1600m. It was first run in 1948 and was won by Lungi.
The Makybe Diva Stakes has always been run at Flemington.
In its early stages, the Makybe Diva Stakes was over 2000m but from 1965 onwards has been at the mile.
Until 2006 the race was known as the Craiglee Stakes before being named after the previous years retired three time Melbourne Cup winning champion Makybe Diva.
It was a Group 2 race until 2013 when it was upgraded to Group 1.
Southern Speed won for the mares in 2012 but before that it was way back to Saleous in 1996.
Before the 2019 edition, of the previous 32 runnings only 4 horses (Northerly, Sky Heights, Marble Halls & Weekend Hussler) have managed to win another race in that carnival following Craiglee success. However in 1993 the winner Runyon, who lost the race on a positive swab, did win again but the eventual registered winner Mannerism did not win afterwards.
Gatting won at 100-1 in 2019 after running fifth of five in Perth the start before.
The Makybe Diva Stakes was worth $750,000 in 2019.
Notable winners of the Makybe Diva Stakes include Humidor (2017), Palentino (2016), Fawkner (2015), Dissident (2014), Southern Speed (2012), Shocking (2010), Weekend Hussler (2008), Pompeii Ruler (2006), Northerly (2002), Sky Heights (1999), Umrum (1998), Marble Halls (1997), Jeune (1995), Mahogany (1994), Mannerism (1993), Durbridge (1991), Zabeel (1990), Military Plume (1987), Rose Of Kingston (1982), Dulcify (1979), Family Of Man (1978), Ming Dynasty (1977), Tontonan (1975), Dual Choice (1971), Rain Lover (1969), Tobin Bronze (1966), Light Fingers (1965), Lord (1961) and Comic Court (1949).
The 2019 Makybe Diva Stakes was won by Gatting from Mystic Journey and Mr Quickie.
Previous Makybe Diva Stakes Winners
| GATTING (AUS) 6G |
HARD SPUN (USA) - STUBBORN (AUS) LONHRO (AUS)
|JAMIE KAH||59.0||DARREN MCAULIFFE||8|
| GRUNT (NZ) 4H |
O'REILLY (NZ) - RUQQAYA (NZ) VAN NISTELROOY (USA)
|D OLIVER||58.5||MICK PRICE||6|
| HUMIDOR (NZ) 5G |
TEOFILO (IRE) - ZALIKA (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
|DAMIAN LANE||59.0||DARREN WEIR||10|
| PALENTINO (AUS) 4H |
TEOFILO (IRE) - PALATINE HILL (AUS) PALACE MUSIC (USA)
|M J ZAHRA||58.5||DARREN WEIR||5|
| FAWKNER (AUS) 8G |
RESET (AUS) - DANE BELLTAR (AUS) DANEWIN (AUS)
|D OLIVER||59.0||ROBERT HICKMOTT||11|
| DISSIDENT (AUS) 4H |
SEBRING (AUS) - DIANA'S SECRET (AUS) ANABAA (USA)
|B MELHAM||58.5||PETER MOODY||6|
| FORETELLER (GB) 6G |
DANSILI (GB) - PROPHECY (IRE) WARNING (GB)
|C NEWITT||59.0||CHRIS WALLER||9|
| SOUTHERN SPEED (AUS) 5M |
SOUTHERN IMAGE (USA) - GOLDEN EAGLE (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
|C WILLIAMS||57.0||LEON MACDONALD & ANDREW GLUYAS||6|
| LITTORIO (AUS) 7G |
BELLOTTO (USA) - OUR CENTASEA (AUS) CENTAINE (AUS)
|C WILLIAMS||59.0||NIGEL BLACKISTON||14|
| SHOCKING (AUS) 5H |
STREET CRY (IRE) - MARIA DI CASTIGLIA (GB) DANEHILL (USA)
|M RODD||59.0||MARK KAVANAGH||8|
| VIGOR (NZ) 5G |
O'REILLY (NZ) - RATIONABLE (NZ) HOUSEBUSTER (USA)
|D OLIVER||59.0||DANNY O'BRIEN||11|
| WEEKEND HUSSLER (AUS) 4G |
HUSSONET (USA) - WEEKEND BEAUTY (AUS) HELISSIO (FR)
|B RAWILLER||58.5||R S MCDONALD||4|
| MARASCO (AUS) 5G |
SCENIC (IRE) - BLUEGRASS BELLE (AUS) IS IT TRUE (USA)
|D BEADMAN||59.0||FRED KERSLEY||2|
| POMPEII RULER (AUS) 4G |
GENUINE (JPN) - WEST WITH NIGHT (NZ) POMPEII COURT (USA)
|C NEWITT||57.5||MICK PRICE||6|
| CONFECTIONER (AUS) 5G |
BUBBLE GUM FELLOW (JPN) - PRINCESS BLUE (AUS) OUR POETIC PRINCE (AUS)
|C WILLIAMS||58.0||D A HAYES||3|
| HUGS DANCER (FR) 8G |
CADEAUX GENEREUX (GB) - EMBRACING (GB) REFERENCE POINT (GB)
|G CHILDS||58.0||TONY MCEVOY||3|
| PENTASTIC (AUS) 5G |
PENTIRE (GB) - MISS MINDEN (AUS) BELLOTTO (USA)
|S W ARNOLD||58.0||DAVID HALL||2|
| NORTHERLY (AUS) 6G |
SERHEED (USA) - NORTH BELL (AUS) BELLWATER (FR)
|G CHILDS||58.0||FRED KERSLEY||1|
| NATIVE JAZZ (NZ) 5G |
ST. HILARION (USA) - JOHNNY LOVES JAZZ (NZ) VIRGINIA PRIVATEER (USA)
|B PREBBLE||58.0||MYLES PLUMB||5|
| GO FLASH GO (AUS) 5G |
ARCHWAY (IRE) - ALWAYS AMBER (AUS) GALWAY BAY (FR)
|N WILSON||58.0||JOHN BLAKEY||1|
The unexpected retirement of Group One winning jockey Nikita Beriman comes at a time when the impact female riders are making on Australian racing has never been stronger.
He was last seen in Australia in 2013 but the long term impact former shuttle sire Hard Spun has made on Australian racing continues unabated.
Mystic Journey's winning run has come to an end at the expense of $101 chance Gatting in the Makybe Diva Stakes.
Outsider Gatting has lowered the colours of short-priced favourite Mystic Journey in an upset to claim the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.
Causing a massive upset, Gatting made plenty question the G1 form lines after saluting in the 2019 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
Bill Andrews part owns Group One horse Scales Of Justice but stayed in Brisbane to see his mare Sky Lake win .
Irish jockey Martin Harley has ridden two winners at his first Australian meeting at Swan Hill in country Victoria.
Tasmanian star Mystic Journey has arrived back in Melbourne in a bid to extend her winning streak in the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.
Godolphin trainer James Cummings says Hartnell is in peak condition to tackle Mystic Journey in the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.
Chasing her second G1 race, Mystic Journey is well placed to win the Makybe Diva Stakes for Adam Trinder.
It has been a quiet betting race in the 2019 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
Cross Counter and Marmelo are high in the ballot for the 2019 Melbourne Cup but another of last year's placegetters Prince Of Arran is down the order in 48th.
Success in the Cox Plate, more so than maintaining a winning sequence, is the main objective for trainer Adam Trinder with star mare Mystic Journey.
Queensland Derby winner Mr Quickie runs for the first time as a four-year-old when he lines up in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.