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Makybe Diva Stakes

The Makybe Diva Stakes was first run in 1948 and was known as the Craiglee Stakes until 2007 when it was changed in honour of one of the most famous horses on the planet, and the only three time winner of the Melbourne Cup.

Race History

It was originally run over ten furlongs (approximately 2,000 metres), but was shortened to 1,600 metres in 1965. It was also always a Group 2 race, until 2013 when it was upgraded to Group 1. The Makybe Diva Stakes is a weight for age race and is another race which indicates form for races in the Spring Carnival ahead.

Run at Flemington, it is the first mile stakes race of the Victoria racing season and is often used as a lead in to races such as the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington and the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield. This year’s race is to be held on Saturday September 10th and the prize money for the race is $400,000.

The distance of 1,600 metres, combined with the big, wide Flemington track, can suit both sprinters and up and coming stayers. The long final straight means that all types of horses are in with a chance, whether running at the front or coming up from behind.

Makybe Diva Stakes Betting

When considering bets for the Makybe Diva Stakes it is worth noting that only one favourite has won in the last ten years, and that was Weekend Hussler in 2008. Over the same time span, four out of ten favourites have not even been placed.

The most successful lead up race to the Makybe Diva Stakes has been the P B Lawrence Stakes, with 18 out of the last 31 winners coming through this way. Five winners of the last 31, have come via the Memsie Stakes which is run the week before the Makybe Diva Stakes

As regards barriers, drawing an inside position is seen as an advantage because there is a 200 metre straight before coming into a very long sweeping turn before the final straight. However, while the first three barriers have provided 11 winners out of the last 31 races, positions 6 and 8 have also performed fairly well with seven wins between them.

Interesting Betting Fact

Another interesting statistic is that since 1983 no fewer than eight Makybe Diva Stakes winners have won at double figures, the average price being $19.75. The track record for this race is 1.33.49 (Scenic Peak).

The winner here in 2010 (Shocking) went on to win the Melbourne Cup, but not only have winners of this race gone on to win one or more of the other major races, but horses placed here have also gone on to better things. Elvstroem, who was second in 2004, went on to win both the Turnbull Stakes and the Caulfield Cup, while in 2002 Northerly went on to win the Turnbull Stakes, the Caulfield Cup, and the Cox Plate.

Supporting races on Makybe Diva Stakes day are Let’s Elope Stakes, the Danehill Stakes, and Bobby Lewis Quality.

As always, for one of the major events of the early Spring Carnival, online bookmakers are bound to have some choice offers, so it is well worthwhile looking around.