Makybe Diva Stakes Tips & Preview 2022

Makybe Diva Stakes Tips & Preview


Looking for Makybe Diva Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.


It is the last start Memsie Stakes (1400m) runner-up, I’m Thunderstruck, that heads the market with ladbrokes at the $2.50 quote, just ahead of Alligator Blood at $4.80 and Cascadian at $5.50. 

The West Australian galloper, Western Empire, is at $6 after his encouraging run in the Memsie, while Mo’unga is at $9.50. Regal Power ($19), Nonconformist ($34) and She’s Ideal ($41) round out the field of eight. 



Six runners come out of the Memsie Stakes and all were first up that day. Those that weren’t involved in the Memsie were Mo’unga and She’s Ideel. 

The Memsie was taken out by Snapdancer, who was allowed to dictate out in front. I’m Thunderstruck and Cascadian settled back in the field of 14 and produced the fastest last 600m and 400m respectively. 

I’m Thunderstruck went 10.6 lengths faster than standard and improved on figures throughout his last preparation before bombing out in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on a Heavy 10. 

Cascadian was a second up winner in the autumn in a slowly run Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield last time, going 2.5 lengths slower than standard benchmark. He does produce some serious figures over the 1600m here and went more than 16 lengths faster than standard back in 2020 when runner-up in the Cantala Stakes (1600m). He has gone seven lengths and 12 lengths faster at his last two runs over the 1600m at headquarters. 

Regal Power (4th), Western Empire (5th), Alligator Blood (7th) and Nonconformist (8th) are the others to come out of the Memsie. Of that quartet, Alligator Blood is probably the one that has the most scope for improvement and did not enjoy much daylight at all in the straight at Caulfield. 

Second up last time, the Waterhouse & Bott galloper went 10.8 lengths faster than standard when claiming the Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm, while he went 12.7 lengths faster when claiming the Australian Guineas (1600m) as a youngster. He is two from two at Flemington. 

Western Empire jumped as a $4.80 favourite in the Memsie and settled handy. He appeared to have every chance but is another possible second up improver. I am not quite convinced about Regal Power, even though he was a Group 1 winner when third up at his last preparation in the Kingston Town Stakes (1800m), while Nonconformist is likely to need one more run and the 2000m to shine. 

Mo’unga was runner-up behind Incentivise when second up in this race last year, going 11.8 lengths faster than standard. He has not won since claiming the Winx Stakes (1400m) at his run prior to that. He was disappointing when resuming in that race this year and will need to find the form that was displayed early on in the spring last year. 

She’s Ideel resumes and is likely to need further but did produce a solid performance when second up in the autumn to finish runner-up at Randwick on a Heavy track behind Verry Elleegant in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m). She has her first run for the Maher/Eustace stable. 



There doesn’t appear to be a natural leader here and it will be interesting to see how things pan out in the early stages. Western Empire might take up the running and Alligator Blood shouldn’t be too far away from barrier 2. I’m Thunderstruck and Cascadian are among those that like to get back and it might be a similar early tempo to the Memsie. On that basis, I am going with the favourite in I’m Thunderstruck. He looks to have come back a better horse this time around and has been excellent in his two career runs at Flemington, going 14.9 lengths faster than standard when third up over the 1400m last year before running on to fill the exacta in the All-Star Mile this year behind Zaaki. Alligator Blood is the obvious danger after just going around at Caulfield in the Memsie. He might be the one that I’m Thunderstruck has to run down in the last 200m.