Makybe Diva Stakes

Looking for information for this year’s Makybe Diva Stakes? The betting pros at Neds have put together everything you need to know.

The Makybe Diva Stakes is the second elite level feature of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the Group 1 mile showdown run over 1600m at the iconic Flemington Racecourse in early-mid September each season.

A weight-for-age event offering $1,000,000 in prize money as of 2021, the Makybe Diva Stakes is one of the first chances to see this season’s most exciting prospects go head-to-head and generally figures as an excellent form predictor leading into the bigger races in October and November.

The Makybe Diva Stakes was formerly known as the Craiglee Stakes before being renamed in 2007 to honour triple Melbourne Cup hero Makybe Diva.

The Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) held the moth before at Caulfield serves as a credible lead-up into the Makybe Diva Stakes, but the double hasn’t been completed since Pompeii Ruler (2006).

The opening Group 1 race of the carnival held at Caulfield a fortnight prior, the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) also makes a top lead-up into the Makybe Diva Stakes field with Dissident (2014) the last to win both races in the same year.

Inaugurated in 1948, Makybe Diva Stakes has held Group 1 status since 2013 and has been won by plenty of nice horses over the years including: Comic Court (1949), Light Fingers (1965), Tobin Bronze (1966), Rose Of Kingston (1982), Northerly (2002) and Shocking (2010) who won the previous year’s Melbourne Cup.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday 11th September, 2021
  • Race Starts: TBA
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Surface: Turf
  • Track: Left handed
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Weight Class: Weight for Age
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over (excluding maidens)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Victoria Racing Club
  • Purse: $1,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1848
  • 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes Winner: Incentivise

Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday September 11, 2021.

  1. #6 Incentivise
  2. #10 Mo’unga
  3. #1 Sir Dragonet

The Peter Moody-trained Incentivise ($3.90) was brilliant fresh earning a penalty for the upcoming Melbourne Cup following a first-up win in the Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 results over Winx Stakes winner Mo’unga (2nd) and former Cox Plate champion Sir Dragonet (3rd) who was excellent running third at $31.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 Betting

New Ways to Bet at neds

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Makybe Diva Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Makybe Diva Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Makybe Diva Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Makybe Diva Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Makybe Diva Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Makybe Diva Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Makybe Diva Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Makybe Diva Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Makybe Diva Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.


How To Bet On The Makybe Diva Stakes In 2021

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  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Makybe Diva Stakes Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Makybe Diva Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit


The best way to pick who will win the Makybe Diva Stakes is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.

Additional factors to take into consideration are as follows:

  • Maybe Memsie – Looking at runners backing-up off a run in the Memsie Stakes can be key with plenty of recent winners having come out of that earlier Melbourne Group 1 event.
  • Back The Boys – Despite the race’s female namesake, Southern Speed (2012) is the only mare to have won the Makybe Diva Stakes since 1996.
  • Lay The Favourite – The favourites have a poor record so looking for value further down the markets is key.

Makybe Diva Stakes FAVOURITES 2021

The early 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes favourites include returning Spring Cups’ favourite Incentivise, first-up Group 1 Winx Stakes winner in Sydney Mo’unga and the now Danny O’Brien-trained Railway Stakes winning mare Inspirational Girl.

Favourites in Makybe Diva Stakes betting have a poor recent record with just three getting the job done from 2008-20.

Dissident ($2.70 in 2014) followed by Fierce Impact ($4 in 2020) are the latest Makybe Diva Stakes favourites to salute for the punters.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 FIELD

The official line-up of horses in the 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes final field will be announced by Racing Victoria the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.

The Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 field features 13 spring stars led in betting by Peter Moody’s returning Spring Cups’ favourite Incentivise.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 Tips

Favourite: #6 Incentivise ($4 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #10 Mo’unga ($5 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #7 Explosive Jack ($41 at time of publish)

Our insider 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes tips will be detailed here the week of the Group 1 spring lead-up and a complete Makybe Diva Stakes tips post available on the Neds Blog.


Makybe Diva Stakes RACE DAY 2021

Race day takes place on Saturday September 11, 2021 at Flemington Racecourse. 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes Day features two Group 2 support acts with the following races also taking place:

Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 BARRIER DRAW

The 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes barrier draw takes place following final acceptances on the Wednesday of race week. The official 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes barriers will be available in our above Makybe Diva Stakes Field section.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 Nominations

Nominations for the Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 are taken the Monday of race week with the full list of early entries to be made available below. 

The 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes nominations attracted 19 early entries including the star Annabel Neasham-trained Mo’unga coming off a first-up Group 1 Winx Stakes win in Sydney.

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 2021 WEIGHTS

Weight-for-age conditions apply with three-year-old fillies allocated the least weight. Final weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on the Tuesday of race week. The official Makybe Diva Stakes weights will be available in our above Makybe Diva Stakes Field section. 

Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 ACCEPTANCES

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on the Wednesday of race week. The official Makybe Diva Stakes acceptances will be available in our above Makybe Diva Stakes Field. 

Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 JOCKEYS

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on the Wednesday of race week. The official Makybe Diva Stakes jockeys will be available in our above Makybe Diva Stakes Field section.

Makybe Diva Stakes SCRATCHINGS 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 11th of September, 2021.

Makybe Diva Stakes PRIZE MONEY 2021

Prize money is set at $1,000,000 including $600,000 going to the Makybe Diva Stakes winner.

Place Prize Money
1st $600,000
2nd $180,000
3rd $90,00
4th $45,000
5th $25,000
6th $20,000
7th $20,000
8th $20,000

Makybe Diva Stakes RACE NUMBER 2021

The 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes is set to run as Flemington Race 8 at 4:50pm (AEST) on Saturday the 11th of September, 2021 at Flemington Racecourse. Makybe Diva Stakes Day features nine races in total.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2021 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week before the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Makybe Diva Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Makybe Diva Stakes Winners

Winners of the Makybe Diva Stakes going back to 1983 are displayed in the table below.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2021 Incentivise Brett Prebble Peter G Moody 1:36.6
2020 Fierce Impact Mark Zahra Matthew Smith 1:36.3
2019 Gatting Jamie Kah Darren McAuliffe 1:33.9
2018 Grunt Damien Oliver Mick Price 1:34.9
2017 Humidor Damian Lane Darren Weir 1:35.3
2016 Palentino Mark Zahra Darren Weir 1:36.2
2015 Fawkner Damien Oliver Robert Hickmott 1:37.9
2014 Dissident Ben Melham Peter G Moody 1:36.9
2013 Foreteller Craig Newitt Chris Waller 1:37.0
2012 Southern Speed Craig Williams Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 1:37.8
2011 Littorio Craig Williams Nigel Blackiston 1:37.8
2010 Shocking Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh 1:41.7
2009 Vigor Damien Oliver Danny O’Brien 1:35.8
2008 Weekend Hussler Brad Rawiller Ross McDonald 1:38.6
2007 Marasco 1:36.7
2006 Pompeii Ruler 1:38.5
2005 Confectioner 1:35.8
2004 Hugs Dancer G J Childs D A Hayes 1:38.2
2003 Pentastic S W Arnold C Alderson 1:37.2
2002 Northerly G J Childs Fred Kersley 1:37.9
2001 Native Jazz B Prebble Pat Carey 1:37.4
2000 Go Flash Go N Wilson J R Blakey 1:42.1
1999 Sky Heights D Oliver C Alderson
1998 Umrum D Nikolic L M Macdonald
1997 Marble Halls D Oliver D L Freedman
1996 Saleous P Payne Pat Hyland
1995 Jeune W Harris P C Hayes
1994 Mahogany Greg Hall D L Freedman
1993 Mannerism Rod Griffiths D L Freedman
1992 Star of the Realm S R King John Meagher
1991 Durbridge Greg Hall D L Freedman
1990 Zabeel M Clarke D A Hayes
1989 Apollo Run G Willetts C Alderson
1988 High Regard W Treloar T W Harper
1987 Military Plume M Clarke C S Hayes
1986 King Phoenix M Goreham T R Howe
1985 Fine Offer M Clarke H R Hyde
1984 Prolific D Gauci Bart Cummings
1983 Pleach D Gauci I R McKinlay