Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations

Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations Tofane (PA Images)

MAKYBE DIVA STAKES NOMINATIONS 2022

Group 1 racing returns to Flemington on Saturday with 18 nominations taken for the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

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

The Michael Moroney-trained six-year-old mare Tofane is one of the key nominations for Saturday’s $1 million feature.

She resumed with a third placing behind Behemoth and Beau Rossa in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 28.

Last prep, Tofane captured the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) and Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).

Annabel Neasham prepares four-year-old entire Mo’unga who will take aim at a second consecutive Group 1 after winning the Winx Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on August 21. Mo’unga defeated superstar mare Verry Elleegant in that first-up run.

Danny O’Brien has nominated four runners for the event – Inspirational Girl, Miami Bound, Vow And Declare and Young Werther.

Inspirational Girl would be the best chance of the quartet nominated after her last start fifth placing in the Memsie Stakes when beaten 2.5 lengths. She is unbeaten over the mile, which includes winning the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).

See below for the full list of nominations.

2021 Makybe Diva Stakes Nominations

Horse Trainer
1 AEGON (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
2 COLETTE James Cummings
3 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
4 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig
5 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller
6 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller
7 INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody
8 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) Danny O’Brien
9 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan
10 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) Matthew Smith
11 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien
12 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham
13 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
14 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
15 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
16 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney
17 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien
18 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman
19 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien