Makybe Diva Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

Makybe Diva Stakes Barrier Draw Mo'unga (right) winning the Rosehill Guineas (PA Images)

Makybe Diva Stakes Barrier Draw & Final Field 2022

Below is our assessment of the 2021 edition of the race:

A final field of 13 has been declared for Saturday’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington following the barrier draw which was announced on Wednesday morning.

The new kid on the block, Mo’unga, has drawn barrier 11 for trainer Annabel Neasham. The four-year-old entire was brilliant first up capturing the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) against Verry Elleegant. It was his fifth win from 10 career starts.

Michael Moroney’s six-year-old mare Tofane kicked off her spring campaign with a third placing in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m). She steps up to the mile for the first time in her career and has drawn gate seven with Craig Williams riding.

Another runner coming out of the Memsie Stakes is the Danny O’Brien-trained six-year-old mare Inspirational Girl. The Western Australian mare finished fifth in the Memsie and is unbeaten second up from a spell in her career from three attempts. Inspirational Girl has the services of jockey Damian Lane and they jump from barrier five.

Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman prepare four-year-old gelding Aegon who ran home well for fourth in the Memsie after racing at the tail of the field. Luke Currie picks up the ride for the Makybe Diva.

See below for the full field and barrier draws for the $1 million feature.

2021 Makybe Diva Stakes barrier draw and final field

1 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 8 59kg
2 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig John Allen 13 59kg
3 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) Matthew Smith Craig Newitt 10 59kg
4 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 9 59kg
5 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 6 59kg
6 INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 3 59kg
7 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 1 58.5kg
8 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 2 58.5kg
9 AEGON (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Luke Currie 4 58.5kg
10 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Jye McNeil 11 58.5kg
11 COLETTE James Cummings Damien Oliver 12 57kg
12 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 7 57kg
13 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 5 57kg