Makybe Diva Stakes

The Makybe Diva Stakes is a $1 million 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.

2021 Makybe Diva Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Incentivise
  • 2nd: #10 Mo'unga
  • 3rd: #1 Sir Dragonet



The 2021 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 $1,000,000 in prize money as of 2021, 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 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes ran on Saturday September 11, 2021 as the second Group 1 race of the new season in Melbourne following the Memsie Stakes earlier in the month and was won first-up by the Peter Moody-trained Spring Cups’ favourite Incentivise.

2021 Makybe Diva Stakes
Date: Saturday September 11, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2021 Makybe Diva Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Incentivise
  • 2nd: #10 Mo’unga
  • 3rd: #1 Sir Dragonet

Peter Moody’s Spring Cups’ favourite earned a penalty for the Melbourne Cup with an outstanding first-up win in the Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 results thanks to a gun ride by jockey Brett Prebble. Incentivise narrowly denied last start Winx Stakes winner Mo’unga (2nd), while former Cox Plate champion Sir Dragonet (3rd) looked back to his best in a close third at 30/1.

Click here to read more on the first-up win by star in the making Incentivise in the Makybe Diva Stakes 2021.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 3 59kg $3.90
2 10 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Jye McNeil 0.3L 10 58.5kg $4.40
3 1 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 0.4L 7 59kg $31
4 12 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 1.15L 6 57kg $3.80F
5 11 COLETTE James Cummings Damien Oliver 3.15L 11 57kg $21
6 4 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 3.35L 8 59kg $18
7 3 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) Matthew Smith Craig Newitt 4.1L 9 59kg $12
8 5 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 4.3L 5 59kg $41
9 7 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 5.05L 1 58.5kg $51
10 8 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 6.3L 2 58.5kg $101
11 9 AEGON (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Luke Currie 7.3L 4 58.5kg $9
12 2 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig John Allen 8.8L 12 59kg $21
13 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Makybe Diva Stakes Odds

The season’s best spring racing odds on the Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 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 Stakes betting to win.

2021 Makybe Diva Stakes Form Guide

A complete Makybe Diva Stakes Form Guide for 2021 will be available post-final acceptances online through leading bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 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).

A star-studded field of 13 potential Cox Plate horses make-up the 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes acceptances this season including the now Peter Moody-trained Incentivise racing first-up and Annabel Neasham’s Winx Stakes winner Mo’unga.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 16x794159x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 8 59kg 116
2 2x720872x0 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig John Allen 13 59kg 110
3 4654x300x4 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) Matthew Smith Craig Newitt 10 59kg 106
4 303x2007x7 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 9 59kg 107
5 3x41x211x0 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 6 59kg 103
6 x68111111x INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 3 59kg 104
7 151132113x EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 1 58.5kg 108
8 0329431×0 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 2 58.5kg 104
9 111x1160x4 AEGON (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Luke Currie 4 58.5kg 105
10 17x32107x1 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Jye McNeil 11 58.5kg 110
11 61x12454x6 COLETTE James Cummings Damien Oliver 12 57kg 112
12 597x7211x3 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 7 57kg 115
13 x1131112x5 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 5 57kg 110

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations

The 2021 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 2021 nominations feature 19 hopefuls led in pre-field betting by the Winx Stakes winner Mo’unga and the Danny O’Brien-trained Railway Stakes winning mare over the distance in Perth Inspirational Girl.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 111x1160x4 AEGON (NZ) G 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 105
2 61x12454x6 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 112
3 151132113x EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 108
4 2x720872x0 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 7 Tom Dabernig 110
5 27x78111x8 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 106
6 303x2007x7 IMAGING (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 107
7 x68111111x INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody 104
8 x1131112x5 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) M 6 Danny O’Brien 110
9 0329431×0 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 104
10 4654x300x4 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 106
11 7x878333x0 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 105
12 17x32107x1 MO’UNGA (NZ) H 4 Annabel Neasham 110
13 3x41x211x0 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
14 97×0604117 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 106
15 16x794159x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 116
16 597x7211x3 TOFANE (NZ) M 6 Michael Moroney 115
17 5x9000x8x0 VOW AND DECLARE G 6 Danny O’Brien 107
18 7600x0516x WARNING G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 104
19 123x75232x YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 100

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
2021
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Incentivise 1 minute 36.63 seconds
2nd Mo’unga
3rd Sir Dragonet
2020
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Fierce Impact 1 minute 36.33 seconds
2nd Russian Camelot
3rd So Si Bon
2019
Makybe Diva Stakes
1st Gatting 1 minute 33.97 seconds
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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