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Makybe Diva Stakes

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 currently offering $750,000, 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, and the double was most recently completed by Mr Brightside (2023) who was the first 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 Mr Brightside (2023) also the last to do the double, the first since Dissident (2014) 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), Shocking (2010) who won the previous year’s Melbourne Cup, and subsequent Caulfield Cup champ Incentivise (2021).

Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday 16th September, 2023
  • 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: $750,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1848
  • 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Winner: Mr Brightside

Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 RESULTS

The official 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday September 16, 2023.

  1. #1 Mr Brightside
  2. #2 Alligator Blood
  3. #6 Osipenko

The 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes winner Mr Brightside completed the Memsie Stakes – Makybe Diva Stakes double for the first time since Dissident (2014) and saluted for the punters by 1.5 lengths with a big win as the $1.85 odds-on favourite on way to the spring majors.

Makybe Diva Stakes Betting 2023

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Makybe Diva Stakes, and we have included some of the most popular options below:

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 2023

  1. Join up at neds.com.au
  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 2024 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2024 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 neds.com.au.

Timezone: all times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time


The best way to pick which horse will win the Makybe Diva Stakes in 2023 is to take into account their lead-up Group 1 racing form, assess the barrier draw, and consider their past WFA performances.

Additional factors to consider when selecting the Makybe Diva Stakes winner include:

  • Memsie Lead-Up  – 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. The ill-fated I’m Thunderstruck (2nd in 2022) followed by Mr Brightside (1st in 2023) who did the double are the latest Makybe Diva Stakes winners to come via a Memsie Stakes lead-up run.
  • 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 2023

The early 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes favourites include the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained five-time Group 1 champ Alligator Blood, the Team Hayes-trained Mr Brightside who comes off a Group 1 Memsie Stakes victory, and the classy Chris Waller-trained imported mare Princess Grace who was runner-up to Mr Brightside in the Memsie last start.

Favourites in Makybe Diva Stakes betting have a poor recent record with just five getting the job done from 2008-23.

Dissident ($2.70 in 2014), Fierce Impact ($4 in 2020), the ill-fated I’m Thunderstruck ($2.60 in 2022), and Mr Brightside ($1.85 in 2023) are the latest Makybe Diva Stakes favourites to salute for the punters.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 FIELD

The official line-up of horses in the 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes final field will be announced by Racing Victoria the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.

The 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes final field features a diminutive but quality field of weight-for-age stars led by last start Memsie Stakes hero Mr Brightside chasing a fifth win on the trot.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 Tips

Favourite: #1 Mr Brightside ($2 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #1 Mr Brightside to salute for the punters (see above) – BET NOW

Best Roughie: #5 Francesco Guardi ($26 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Our insider 2023 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 2023

Race day takes place on Saturday September 16, 2023 at Flemington Racecourse. 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Day features two Group 2 support acts with the following races also taking place:

Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 BARRIER DRAW

The 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes barrier draw takes place following final acceptances on the Wednesday of race week. The official 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes barriers will be available in our above Makybe Diva Stakes Field section.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 Nominations

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes nominations are taken the Monday of race week with the full list of early entries to be made available below. 

The Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 nominations attracted 15 weight-for-age spring hopefuls led in all-in betting by the flying Mr Brightside coming off victories in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes and Group 1 Memsie Stakes this prep.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 73x5211x11 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 1 59kg 117
2 3341x217x3 ZAAKI (GB) G 9 Annabel Neasham 2 59kg 117
3 1551x140x4 ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 3 59kg 116
4 562x3227x1 FANGIRL M 5 Chris Waller 4 57kg 114
5 x34x339x3x SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 8 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 5 59kg 113
6 1223x31x22 PRINCESS GRACE (USA) M 7 Chris Waller 6 57kg 112
7 1x1211x12x AMELIA’S JEWEL M 4 Simon A Miller 7 56.5kg 111
8 13x121x0x9 GOING GLOBAL (IRE) M 6 Chris Waller 8 57kg 110
9 58x26844x4 HINGED M 5 Chris Waller 9 57kg 109
10 x16x6026x6 MY OBERON (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham 10 59kg 109
11 2x51210x04 LINDERMANN H 4 Chris Waller 11 58.5kg 106
12 11232821×0 FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 12 59kg 106
13 3x51761x57 OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 13 58.5kg 105
14 52x131x8x0 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 14 59kg 105
15 42x6495x39 AEGON (NZ) G 6 Andrew Forsman 15 59kg 105

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 WEIGHTS

Weight-for-age conditions apply with three-year-old fillies allocated the least weight. Final 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes 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 2023 ACCEPTANCES

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on the Wednesday of race week. The official 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes final acceptances will be available in our above Makybe Diva Stakes Field. 

Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 JOCKEYS

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on the Wednesday of race week. The official 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes jockeys will be available in our above Makybe Diva Stakes Field section.

Makybe Diva Stakes SCRATCHINGS 2023

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 16th of September, 2023.

Makybe Diva Stakes PRIZE MONEY 2023

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes prize money is set at $750,000 including $450,000 going to the Makybe Diva Stakes winner.

Place Prize Money
1st $450,000
2nd $135,000
3rd $67,500
4th $33,750
5th $18,750
6th $15,000
7th $15,000
8th $15,000

Makybe Diva Stakes RACE NUMBER 2023

The 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes race number is scheduled as Flemington Race 7 at 3:40pm (AEST) on Saturday the 15th of September, 2023 at Flemington Racecourse. Makybe Diva Stakes Day features nine races in total.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week before the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2023 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. To view a complete list of past Makybe Diva Stakes winners from the race’s inauguration in 1948 to the present – click here.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer/s Time
2023 Mr Brightside Craig Williams Ben, Will & JD Hayes 1:37.4
2022 I’m Thunderstruck Mark Zahra Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr. 1.37.8
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