Born to northern hemisphere time, Makybe Diva was on the back foot against her Australian counterparts. At the end of the 2005–06 season, Makybe Diva was named Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year for the second time, becoming just the third horse to win that accolade more than once. Following this, she was blocked when making a winning run in the Australian Cup before being taken to Sydney, where she placed third in the Ranvet Stakes and The BMW Stakes, both Group 1 races. Settling towards the back of the field, she steadily made ground between runners around the home turn, before hitting the lead with around 300 m to go and holding a comfortable 1-1/4-length margin at the finish. Her campaign in the spring of 2004 was aimed at winning the Melbourne Cup for a second time.

Makybe Diva was sent out a $3.60 favourite, and won the 2004 Melbourne Cup.

She then started 5-1 equal favourite in the Group 2 Turnbull Stakes, where she again raced at the back of the field, before finishing fourth, beaten by only one length.

A legend on the track, the Makybe Diva story is well known throughout the industry. Makybe Diva retired to stud and has had several foals, all stamped with her classy looks – and many, such as Divination, showing promise as future track stars.

This meant that, for Australian racing purposes, where horses "age-up" on 1 August each year, she was bracketed with horses foaled about six months earlier, in the Southern Hemisphere spring.

Resuming racing in February, Makybe Diva put in close finishes behind Elvstroem in both the C F Orr Stakes and St George Stakes, at Caulfield.

At a ceremony in Melbourne on 5 September 2010, held in conjunction with the Australian Horse of the Year awards, Makybe Diva was officially inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.[15]. Sold for AU$1.5 million as a yearling in 2009, he won two races in 12 starts, earning $26,115 over three years. The Makybe Diva Stakes is a Victoria Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race at Weight for age conditions for three year olds and older, over a distance of 1,600 metres held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia in September.

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[3] Upon her retirement from racing in November 2005, Makybe Diva was the highest stakes-earner in Australian horse racing history, finishing with winnings of more than A$14 million. A close second in the Group 2 John F Feehan Stakes over 1,600 m (5,200 ft) at Moonee Valley showed her competitiveness in shorter races. Subsequently, named Musket, the colt won his debut at Canterbury in August 2006, and in 2008 won the Gr.2 Shannon Stakes at Rosehill. The Makybe Diva Stakes is a Victoria Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race at Weight for age conditions for three year olds and older, over a distance of 1,600 metres held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia in September. On 10 August 2006, it was announced that Makybe Diva would be served by Epsom Derby winner Galileo at Coolmore Stud. She was narrowly defeated by Elvstroem, who led all the way. As announced on 5 August 2006, Makybe Diva has been honoured at Flemington Racecourse with a life-sized bronze statue, in recognition of her historic three Melbourne Cup wins. Prior to the Melbourne Cup, whether Makybe Diva would start was in doubt, after her connections said she would not run if the track was "too firm". [16] Rockstardom was gelded and died of a skull fracture in his stall at C. Waller's stables on 26 July 2013.

[citation needed]. In 2006, the inaugural Spirit of Sport Award (for 2005) was given to Makybe Diva and her connections (Lee Freedman, Tony Šantić, and Glen Boss) by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame for her three successive Melbourne Cups. Resuming racing in August 2005, Makybe Diva won the Group 2 Memsie Stakes first up, before being defeated by a nose in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley. After finishing as a 14-1 outsider in the Caulfield Cup, she began her partnership with Sydney jockey Glen Boss.

Second up at her next start in the Group 3 Stock Stakes, she came from behind to finish fourth, beaten by just over two lengths. Makybe Diva was named Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year for the 2004/05 season. [10] On 1 November 2005, she made history in winning a record third Melbourne Cup. Makybe Diva resumed racing in the spring over 1,400 m (0.87 mi), but while being reasonably competitive, she did not win any major races. A humble beginning – we all have to start somewhere! Tugela gave birth to a filly at five minutes past midnight on 21 March 1999.

Along with this, she was also named Australian Champion Stayer and Australian Champion Filly and Mare. The mare further enhanced her reputation despite being eight horses wide on the home turn, with a comfortable victory in the 2005 Cox Plate, subsequently beating 2006 winner Fields of Omagh.

After the 2003–2004 season, trainer David Hall left to train in Hong Kong, and Makybe Diva was transferred to trainer Lee Freedman, generally regarded as one of Australia's top trainers.[3].

and Heart's Cry on 123. [3] Starting as an $8 second favourite, Makybe Diva raced at the back of the field until the finishing straight, where jockey Boss picked his way through the field to win by ​1 1⁄2 lengths. At 3:16 on the morning of 17 August 2007, AEST time, Makybe Diva gave birth to her first foal, named Rockstardom, at Coolmore Stud in the Hunter Valley of NSW. Sent out as a $3.50 second favourite, she began off the pace, but ran home to record a win by half a length, becoming the first mare to ever win the Sydney Cup/Melbourne Cup double in the same season, and only the fourth horse to have accomplished the double win. Divanation, a daughter of Makybe Diva by Black Caviar’s half-brother in All Too Hard steps out in Race 4 at Werribee in a humble maiden plate over 1625m, where she’s a $2.70 favourite. As of 2018, she is in foal to Written Tycoon.

Tony is the one who gave Maybe Diva her name, which he designed by taking the first two initials of five of his female employees and creating a name. In the autumn of 2004, she resumed over 1400 m (7 furlongs) carrying 59.5 kg followed by a third-place finish in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup. Owner Tony Šantić sent the Diva to American champion Fusaichi Pegasus, instead.

Total prize money is A$750,000. [20][21][22], Makybe Diva gave birth to her fourth foal, a bay colt by Lonhro, on 16 August 2011 in Victoria. She is one of only five horses to have won the Cup more than once, and the only mare among the list of multiple winners.

As she stepped up in distance her quality began to shine through, and as a four year old she won her first Listed Race, the Werribee Cup, at 2000 metres. The people behind Makybe Diva. Passed in at sale in England, she came to Australia as an unknown.

The filly was offered for sale at the 1999 Tatts Newmarket foal sale, but did not make the reserve. In 2005 Makybe Diva was named Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year, winning the Melbourne Cup, Australian Cup, BMW Stakes, Memsie Stakes, Turnbull Stakes and the Cox Plate.

But once again Makybe Diva took home first place in the race that stops a nation in 2004. Two weeks later, with a run down the outside of the field, Makybe Diva won the Turnbull Stakes over 2,000 m at Flemington. After the VRC decided to water the track, however, she was declared a starter. Many, including rival trainers, suggested the track watering amounted to bad sportsmanship employed to give Makybe Diva the best chance to win the race. Makybe Diva showed that mares can win the big race, as only 11 have done so in the past.

Since retiring, she has left four foals. [17], Makybe Diva was due to be served by Encosta De Lago in the spring of 2007 until the outbreak of equine influenza forced the stud to be quarantined. The filly is the ninth foal produced by Makybe Diva, the champion mare who etched her name into Australian racing history most notably for her feats in the country's most famous race - … “She had a 1400-metre trial [in December 2017] and she was OK in the trial I thought. The year 2003 saw her first Melbourne Cup Victory, where she was second favourite going in.

In 2005, she also won the Cox Plate. She made the first of her 36 starts in 2002 and placed fourth in Benalla.

[2], Originally named the Craiglee Stakes after the home in Sunbury of Wilfred Henry Johnston (1864 - 1951), chairman of the VRC stipendiary stewards between 1924 and 1945,[3] the event is now dedicated to Australian Thoroughbred champion racehorse Makybe Diva, winner of three consecutive Melbourne Cups.

[11] However, the track condition was upgraded to good straight after the Cup, and the winning time of 3:19.18 was consistent with that rating.

She raced home to first place in the Sydney Cup in 2004, and had a second-place finish in the Caulfield Cup.

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Makybe Diva (foaled 21 March 1999) is a British-bred, Australian-trained Thoroughbred racehorse who became the first horse to win the Melbourne Cup on three occasions (2003, 2004, and 2005). In 2005, Makybe Diva broke her own weight-carrying record for a mare of 55.5 kg, which she set in 2004, and became the highest-weighted winner of the Cup since Think Big won his second Melbourne Cup with 58.5 kg in 1975. She was also named Australian Champion Stayer, winning this award for the third consecutive year, as well as Australian Champion Middle Distance Racehorse.

In 2005, she also won the Cox Plate.

It followed the pattern of her previous cup-winning campaign, though she appeared to be racing better than before. makybe diva (gb) b. M, 1999 {9-f} DP = 7-8-23-0-0 (38) DI = 2.30 CD = 0.58 - 36 Starts, 15 Wins, 4 Places, 3 Shows Career Earnings: A$14,526,685 Owner : Tony Santic

Coming from near last with 800 m (0.50 mi) to go in the 2400-m race, she finished fourth behind the Lee Freedman-trained Mummify. Thus MAureen - KYlie - BElinda - DIanne - VAnessa became Makybe Diva (pronounced mah-KY-bee DEE-vah).

The Group 1 Sydney Cup over 3200 m (2 mi) was to be her final run for the campaign.

In April and May, she raced in Japan, where she failed in two starts, the latter of which was over 3,200 m (10,500 ft) in the Group One Tenno Sho (Emperor's Cup). Spirit of Sport Award site, On 4 July 2006, Makybe Diva was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.[13]. Tony Šantić's bloodstock agent John Foote purchased Tugela in foal to Desert King for 60,000 guineas at the December 1998 Tattersall's Sale.

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