Makybe Diva Stakes

The Makybe Diva Stakes is a $750,000 Group 1 mile event run at Flemington Racecourse in mid-September as a lead-up to the longer-distanced races of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Fierce Impact
  • 2nd: #13 Russian Camelot
  • 3rd: #8 So Si Bon



The 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes is the second Group 1 race of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Run at Flemington Racecourse in early – mid September, the 1600m weight-for-age event attracts a star-studded line-up of milers and staying types. Offering $750,000 in prize money, the event is definitely one of the more exciting early spring features having been upgraded from Group 2 to elite level in 2013.

The Makybe Diva Stakes, named after the legendary three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, is the perfect lead-up race to the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) held at Caulfield two weeks later and the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) held at Flemington a month later.

Formerly known as the Craiglee Stakes the current name was installed in 2007 and it is considered a major early feature on the spring line-up.

The 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes ran on Saturday September 12, 2020 as the second Group 1 race of the new season in Melbourne following the Memsie Stakes earlier in the month and was won by Fierce Impact for the punters.

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes
Date: Saturday September 12, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Fierce Impact
  • 2nd: #13 Russian Camelot
  • 3rd: #8 So Si Bon

The Matthew Smith-trained favourite Fierce Impact ($4F) improved on a first-up third in Sydney’s Group 1 Winx Stakes to win the Makybe Diva Stakes 2020 at Flemington over the fellow Cox Plate-bound Russian Camelot.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes results.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Mark Zahra 5 59kg $4F
2 13 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 0.2L 14 57.5kg $4.60
3 8 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 1.7L 16 59kg $31
4 9 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Rodd 1.8L 10 59kg $10
5 11 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jordan Childs 1.9L 8 58.5kg $15
6 3 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jamie Mott 2.65L 6 59kg $41
7 10 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Billy Egan 3.15L 9 58.5kg $91
8 14 PERFECT JEWEL Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3.25L 2 57kg $4.80
9 1 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 4.75L 11 59kg $31
10 7 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 4.95L 15 59kg $13
11 6 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Jason Maskiell 5.15L 1 59kg $151
12 15 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Ethan Brown 6.15L 12 57kg $41
13 2 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams John Allen 7.15L 3 59kg $71
14 12 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Michael Dee 8.4L 13 58.5kg $61
15 16 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Ben Melham 58.4L 7 56.5kg $31
FF 5 GATTING Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 4 59kg $31

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Odds

The season’s best spring racing odds on the Makybe Diva Stakes 2020 along with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided for punters below as soon as released.

Fierce Impact ($4 in 2020) was the last favourite in Makybe Diva Stkaes betting to win.

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Form Guide

A complete Makybe Diva Stakes Form Guide for 2020 will be available post-final acceptances online through leading bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Field

The Makybe Diva Stakes field attracts a host of early spring stars chasing an early Group 1 season win. Many gallopers come into the Makybe Diva Stakes field via a lead-up run over 1400m at Caulfield a fortnight earlier in the Memsie Stakes and the double was most recently completed by Dissident (2014).

The 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes final field features 16 spring stars including last year’s Melbourne Cup champion Vow And Declare first-up in barrier 11, the in-form Fierce Impact with the fitness edge second-up and returning SA Derby winner Russian Camelot who is favourite to win fresh.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes field.

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No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x421x395x VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 11 59kg 113
2 037902x00x GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams John Allen 3 59kg 105
3 380x4549x7 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jamie Mott 6 59kg 107
4 211x2348x3 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Mark Zahra 5 59kg 112
5 2752x940x0 GATTING Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 4 59kg 107
6 0211x8x58x LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Jason Maskiell 1 59kg 105
7 66x32050x3 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 15 59kg 109
8 4644116×45 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 16 59kg 106
9 2311x114x0 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Rodd 10 59kg 106
10 21x755633x WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Billy Egan 9 58.5kg 103
11 3555112×23 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jordan Childs 8 58.5kg 103
12 56x423115x QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Michael Dee 13 58.5kg 106
13 12x411x RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 14 57.5kg 105
14 481x0112x1 PERFECT JEWEL Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 2 57kg 106
15 7104x356x8 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Ethan Brown 12 57kg 102
16 13411x84x4 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Ben Melham 7 56.5kg 103

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations

The 2020 Makybe Diva nominations close on the Monday of race week and will be available here once the early entries are taken.

The Makybe Diva Stakes 2020 nominations feature 20 early entries including five for Danny O’Brien led by returning SA Derby winner Russian Camelot and his Melbourne Cup winning stablemate Vow And Declare.

Click here to read more on the key Makybe Diva Stakes 2020 nominations.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 3111x105x5 ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 110
2 3555112×23 DALASAN H 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 103
3 211x2348x3 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 112
4 037902x00x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 10 Matthew Williams 105
5 2752x940x0 GATTING G 7 Peter G Moody 107
6 380x4549x7 HARLEM (GB) G 9 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 107
7 349x211x2x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 6 Danny O’Brien 103
8 66x32050x3 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 109
9 0211x8x58x LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 105
10 2311x114x0 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
11 13411x84x4 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 103
12 21x07511x0 OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 105
13 15627x2x22 ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 7 Danny O’Brien 97
14 481x0112x1 PERFECT JEWEL M 6 Grant & Alana Williams 106
15 7104x356x8 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 5 David Brideoake 102
16 56x423115x QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 106
17 12x411x RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) H 4 Danny O’Brien 105
18 4644116×45 SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 106
19 1x421x395x VOW AND DECLARE G 5 Danny O’Brien 113
20 21x755633x WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Makybe Diva Stakes History

First run in 1948 and won by Lungi, the Makybe Diva Stakes was originally titled the Craiglee Stakes until 2007. Raced over a 10 Furlong (2000m) track until 1964, the new distance ensures that all horses get a good run on the straight of Flemington. Double winners of the event include Chicquita in 1950-51 and Sailor’s Guide in 1956-57.

After his win in 2002, Northerly also went on to win the WS Cox Plate and Sky Heights managed to win the Caulfield Cup and Craiglee Stakes double in 1999. The fastest winning time was recorded by Jeune in 1995 with 1 minute 35 seconds. The slowest time was recorded by Fine Offer in 1985 with 1 minute 44.3 seconds.

The Makybe Diva Stakes was upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1 status in 2013. In 2015 Fawkner won the Makybe Diva Stakes and backed-up to finish second in the Underwood Stakes next start.

In 2019 the Makybe Diva Stakes was won in a historical blowout with Gatting scoring an upset at 100/1. Sadly the following year Gatting broke down during his title defense and was subsequently euthanised.

Recent Makybe Diva Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Fierce Impact 1 minute 36.33
2nd Russian Camelot
3rd So Si Bon
2019
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Gatting 1 minute 33.97
2nd Mystic Journey
3rd Mr Quickie
2018
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Grunt 1 minute 34.91 seconds
2nd Kings Will Dream
3rd Jon Snow
2017
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Humidor 1 minute 35.35 seconds
2nd Hartnell
3rd Black Heart Bart
2016
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Palentino 1 minute 36.2 seconds
2nd Black Heart Bart
3rd He Or She
2015
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Fawkner 1 minute 37.96 seconds
2nd Rising Romance
3rd Entirely Platinum
2014
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Dissident 1 minute 36.29 seconds
2nd Fawkner
3rd Puissance De Lune
2013
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Foreteller 1 minute 37.0 seconds
2nd Puissance De Lune
3rd Moudre
2012
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Southern Speed 1 minute 37.8 seconds
2nd Manighar
3rd Moudre
2011
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Littorio 1 minute 37.8 seconds
2nd Glass Harmonium
3rd Midas Touch
2010
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Shocking 1 minute 41.7 seconds
2nd Heart Of Dreams
3rd Vigor
2009
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Vigor 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Typhoon Tracy
3rd Master O’Reilly
2008
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Weekend Hussler 1 minute 38.6 seconds
2nd Zarita
3rd Littorio
2007
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Marasco 1 minute 36.7 seconds
2nd Apache Cat
3rd Zipping
2006
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Pompeii Ruler 1 minute 38.5 seconds
2nd Sphenophyta
3rd Zipping
2005
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Confectioner 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Free At Last
3rd Our Smoking Joe
2004
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Hugs Dancer 1 minute 38.2 seconds
2nd Elvstroem
3rd Zagalia
2003
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Pentastic 1 minute 37.2 seconds
2nd Walk On Air
3rd Mummify
2002
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Northerly 1 minute 37.9 seconds
2nd Le Zagaletta
3rd Silver Baron
2001
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Native Jazz 1 minute 37.4 seconds
2nd Aka Bilk
3rd Universal Prince
2000
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Go Flash Go 1 minute 42.1 seconds
2nd Oliver Twist
3rd Showella

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