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Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2016 Makybe Diva Stakes, which will take place on Saturday, 10 September, 2016 at Flemington Racecourse.

The Makybe Diva Stakes will once again be an early Melbourne Spring Carnival outing for some of the leading contenders for the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.

We provide you with Makybe Diva Stakes tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live Makybe Diva Stakes stream to watch the race unfold.

Makybe Diva Stakes Tips

When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington, keeping some important factors on your side can help you

Some unusual statistical data can be seen when looking at this event over the past decade - so unearthing the winner is no easy task.

Our experts assess all the Makybe Diva Stakes runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2016 Makybe Diva Stakes tips to help you back the winner.

Will we see more woe for the favourites in the race with the market leader having a disappointing record? Will the five-year-olds continue to dominant their rivals?

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2016 Makybe Diva Stakes tips and selections.

Makybe Diva Stakes Odds

Leading bookmakers Sportsbet and bet365 will be among those offering the earliest betting odds on the 2016 Makybe Diva Stakes. There will be plenty of movements in the Makybe Diva Stakes betting markets in the days leading up to the race following the release of the final field and barrier draw. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.

Makybe Diva Stakes Live Stream

Australia's leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Makybe Diva Stakes (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Flemington races including the Makybe Diva Stakes streamed live online at Ladbrokes, CrownBet, Sportsbet or bet365. To find out how to stream the 2016 Makybe Diva Stakes live, see our guide to watch the race.

Makybe Diva Stakes Free Bets

The Makybe Diva Stakes features a host of special offers from bookmakers and that includes the opportunity to claim bonus bets when becoming a new customer before the race. A range of Makybe Diva Stakes free bets and special offers, deposit matches, first bet matches and no deposit free bets are available from the bookmakers to take advantage of throughout the year.

2016 Makybe Diva Stakes Tips

Find out who our tipsters are predicting will win the 2016 Makybe Diva Stakes.

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Makybe Diva Stakes History

The Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) is a Group 1 race staged at Flemington Racecourse during the early part of the Melbourne Spring Carnival in September.

Originating as the Craiglee Stakes in 1948 when a Group 2 race, the name was retitled to the Makybe Diva Stakes in 2007 to honour three-time Melbourne Cup winning mare. 

The race was subsequently upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1 status by The Australian Pattern Committee for the 2013/2014 racing season. 

The Makybe Diva Stakes is a weight-for-age event held over a distance of 1600m with a prize pool in excess of $500,000. 

It is a race in which a number of high-class gallopers - sprinters and up and coming stayers - contest with the event being one of the mid-distance races that follow a course through to the major prizes duing the Melbourne Spring Carnival. 

Often a useful guide for future race winners during the spring, the Makybe Diva Stakes is frequently used as a lead up to races such as the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington and the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield. 

The race has been won by a number of Group 1 champions over recent years with some of the most notable including famous galloper Northerly (2001), who went on to win the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate later in the year, Sky Heights (1999), who took out the Caulfield Cup, Shocking (2010), who went on to win the Melbourne Cup, Dissident (2014) and Newmarket Handicap winner Weekend Hussler (2008). 

Shocking also ran second in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington before returning in the autumn to win the Group 1 Australian Cup at the same track, while Monaco Consul finished in second place in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup the following month. 

Typhoon Tracy (2009), menwhile, took out the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes during Caulfield Cup day before scoring a fantastic win in the Group 1 Myer Classic on Victoria Derby day at Flemington. 

Some other big name horses to stand out are the successive winners from 1993 to 1995 - Mannerism, Mahogany and Jeune. 

Foreteller (2013) made his way to Caulfield to finish second in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes shortly after taking out the Makybe Stakes, while Glass Harmonium (2011) had a strong run to finish runner-up in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington before winning the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (now Emirates Stakes), while Midas Touch (2011) was placed in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield after running the Makybe Diva Stakes. 

Flemington Racecourse

Flemington first opened in 1840 and was known originally known as Melbourne Racecourse. The original approach road to the racecourse passed through a property owned by James Watson. 

He named his property Flemington after his wife’s hometown of Flemington in Morayshire, Scotland and it is believed that this is how the racecourse’s name was first introduced.

Since then, the track has become the centre-point of Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It was added to the Australian National Heritage list in November 2006 and the site is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The land in which Flemington racecourse now stands was owned by Robert Fleming who intended to use the area for farming cattle and sheep, along with running a butchery in the early 1800’s. 

In 1864, the Victoria Racing Club was introduced to Flemington and up until 2001 acted as the principal authority responsible for managing the racing at the track and across Victoria, Australia.

Flemington hosts a total of 14 Group 1s throughout the Australian racing year, headed by the Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby in the Spring Carnival in October and November. 

The Melbourne Cup has been the centrepiece throughout the history of Flemington Racecourse. The two-mile handicap contest is the richest in the Australian racing calendar and routinely draws hundred of thousands of racegoers to the course each November. 

Since its first running in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has produced a vast variety of longing memories at Flemington, both on and off of the track. The blend of over 100,000 attendees and world class thoroughbred racing adds further gloss to Flemington’s already rich history. 

In 1875, the Melbourne Cup was awarded public holiday status due to the demand for Australian citizens to witness the unparalleled experience that the raceday provides.

Flemington Racecourse Track Description:

Flemington racecourse boasts a large pear shaped course with a circumference of 2,400 metres. It also has a straight six-furlong home-straight known as ‘The Straight Six’ which hosts many of Australia’s most valuable sprint contests including the Darley Classic. 

Racing at Flemington is run in an anticlockwise direction making it a left-handed track with a long, sweeping final turn before the straight.

The track itself underwent a number of improvements during the early 21st century, including a new $45 million grandstand which opened in 2000. 
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