|Breeder||Emily Krstina Pty Ltd|
|Trainer||David Hall, Lee Freedman|
|Makybe Diva is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Tugela by Desert King. She was born around 1999 in Great Britain, and was bred by Emily Krstina Pty Ltd.|
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2002)|
Melbourne Cup (2003, 2004, 2005)
Sydney Cup (2004)
Australian Cup (2005)
The BMW Stakes (2005)
Memsie Stakes (2005)
Turnbull Stakes (2005)
Cox Plate (2005)
Australian Racehorse of the Year (2005, 2006)|
Australian Champion Stayer (2004, 2005, 2006)
Australian Champion Filly and Mare (2005)
Australian Middle Distance Champion (2006)
Timeform rating: 125 
SA Thoroughbred Breeders Horse of the Year (2004, 2005)
|Australian Racing Hall of Fame (2006)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on July 24, 2007|
Makybe Diva (GB)  is an Australian-trained Thoroughbred who became the first racehorse to win the famed  Melbourne Cup on three occasions: 2003, 2004, and 2005. In 2005, she also won the Cox Plate. By Desert King out of Tugela, Makybe Diva is the highest stakes-earner in Australasian horse racing history, with winnings of more than AU$14 million when she retired on 1 November 2005. Makybe Diva is one of only five horses to have won the Cup more than once in the long history of the event, which was first run in 1861. The others are Archer, in 1861 and 1862, Peter Pan, in 1932 and 1934, Rain Lover, in 1968 and 1969, and Think Big, in 1974 and 1975. Makybe Diva is the only mare among the list of multiple winners, and is one of only 14 female horses (11 mares and three fillies) to have won the Cup.
Makybe Diva is owned by South Australian tuna fisherman Tony Šantić, who named her after five of his employees - Maureen, Kylie, Belinda, Diane, and Vanessa - by taking the first two letters from each of their names.
Prior to racing
The Makybe Diva story began in 1998 in England. 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. As normally happens with Santic's British-purchased horses, she was taken to Dick Fowlston's Britton House Stud in Somerset to board before being sent on to Australia. Tugela gave birth to a bay filly weighing at five minutes past midnight on 21 March 1999. The filly was offered for sale at the 1999 Tatts Newmarket foal sale but did not make the reserve. Named Makybe Diva, the filly remained at Britton House Stud until August 2000 when she and Tugela were shipped to Australia.
Originally trained by David Hall, Makybe Diva made her racetrack debut in late-July 2002, as a three-year-old, in a maiden at Benalla, Victoria, and finished fourth. At her next start, two weeks later - and now classed as a four-year-old - Makybe Diva began a six-race winning run in a maiden at Wangaratta, which culminated in stakes wins, three months later, in the Werribee Cup (2,000 metres) and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2,500 metres). The last win was significant in that it qualified the mare for the following year's Melbourne Cup, and allowed her trainer to give her a light autumn campaign, which consisted of just two starts in relatively short races.
Makybe Diva's early career was unusual in that she was unable to contest any major races against horses of her own age, such as the Oaks, because she was foaled in the U.K. to the northern hemisphere breeding calendar. This meant that, for Australian racing purposes, where horses "age-up" on 1 August each year, she was bracketed with horses who were foaled approximately six months earlier, in the southern hemisphere spring.
Season 2003-2004 (Melbourne Cup 1)
Makybe Diva resumed racing in the spring over 1,400 metres (0.87 mi), but while being reasonably competitive, she did not win any major races. 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. She then started 5-1 equal favourite in the Group 2 Turnbull Stakes, where she again began in the back of the field, before finishing fourth, beaten by only one length.
After finishing as a 14-1 outsider in the Caulfield Cup, she began her partnership with Sydney jockey Glen Boss. Coming from near last with 800 metres (0.50 mi) to go in the 2,400 metres (1.5 mi) race, she finished fourth behind the Lee Freedman trained Mummify. The first Tuesday in November 2003 was her first Melbourne Cup victory. 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 one and a half lengths.
In the autumn of 2004, she resumed over 1,400 metres (0.87 mi) with 59.5 kilograms (131 lb), followed by a third place finish in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup. 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. The Group 1 Sydney Cup over 3,200 metres (2.0 mi) was to be her final run for the campaign. Sent out as a $3.50 second favourite, she began off the pace, but charged 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.
Season 2004-2005 (Melbourne Cup 2)
Her campaign in the spring of 2004, was aimed at winning the Melbourne Cup for a second time. It followed the pattern of her previous cup winning campaign, even though she appeared to be racing better than before. A close second in the Group 2 John F Feehan Stakes over at Moonee Valley, showed her competitiveness in shorter races. In the 2004 Caulfield Cup Makybe Diva drew barrier 18 and settled at the back of the field. She charged home late to be narrowly defeated by arch rival Elvstroem who controlled the race from the outset leading all the way.
Makybe Diva was sent out a $3.60 favourite, and won the 2004 Melbourne Cup. In driving rain, the mare defeated a field featuring multiple Irish St. Leger winner Vinnie Roe, Caulfield Cup winners Mummify and Elvstroem, Mamool from the Godolphin stable, as well as the 2002 Melbourne Cup winner Media Puzzle.
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. On March 12, she won the Australian Cup, a weight for age event over , and in the process broke the Australian record and setting an unofficial world record for on turf. She proceeded to win Sydney's most important WFA race, The BMW Stakes, with a last-to-first burst. In April and May, she raced in Japan, where she failed in two starts, the latter of which was over in the Group One Tenno Sho (Emperor's Cup).
Makybe Diva was named Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year for the 2004/05 season. Along with this she was also named Australian Champion Stayer and Australian Champion Filly and Mare. A three quarter brother to Makybe Diva, by Redoute's Choice, was sold in April 2005 for an Australian record price of $2.5 million. Subsequently named Musket, the colt won his debut at Canterbury in August 2006.
Season 2005-2006 (Melbourne Cup 3)
Resuming racing in August 2005, Makybe Diva won the Group 2 Memsie Stakes first up, before being beaten by a nose in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley. Two weeks later, with a run down the outside of the field Makybe Diva won the Turnbull Stakes over 2000 m at Flemington. 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.Prior to the Melbourne Cup there was doubt about whether Makybe Diva would start, after her connections said she would not run if the track was "too firm". After the VRC decided to water the track, however, she was declared a starter. On 1 November 2005, Makybe Diva created history in winning a record third Melbourne Cup. Immediately after the race trainer Lee Freedman said:
"Go find the smallest child on this course, and there will be the only example of a person who will live long enough to see that again."
The win was not without controversy, however. 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 carried 58 kg during the record third Melbourne Cup, 2 kg above the standard weight-for-age scale. The last horse to carry more than weight-for-age and win was Rain Lover, who was 1 kg over when he won his second cup in 1969, with 60.5 kg. Makybe Diva, who broke her own weight-carrying record for a mare of 55.5 kg, which she set in 2004, was the highest-weighted winner of the Cup since Think Big won his second Melbourne Cup with 58.5 kg in 1975. During the presentation of the Melbourne Cup, owner Tony Šantić announced that Makybe Diva would "retire from racing as of today".
At the end of the 2005 - 2006 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. She was also named Australian Champion Stayer, winning this award for the third consecutive year as well as Australian Champion Middle Distance Racehorse.
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. Spirit of Sport Award site
It was announced on 5 August 2006, that Makybe Diva would be honoured at Flemington Racecourse with a bronze statue, in recognition of her historic 3 Melbourne Cup wins. A life-sized bronze statue was also erected on the foreshore in Šantić's home town of Port Lincoln, South Australia.
Makybe Diva headed the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities ratings for the 2005 - 2006 official end of season assessment. She was given a rating of 124, ahead of Electrocutionist, David Junior and Heart's Cry on 123. On 10 August 2006, it was announced that Makybe Diva would be served by Epsom Derby winner Galileo at Coolmore Stud.
At 3.16am on the morning of the 17th of August 2007, AEST time, Makybe Diva gave birth to her first foal, Rockstar, at Coolmore Stud in the Hunter Valley of NSW. Coolmore's Peter O'Brien, said the bay colt "...is a lovely colt with a white face and two white feet", and that "both mother and son were doing very well".
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. Owner Tony Šantić sent the Diva to American champion Fusaichi Pegasus instead. On the 20 August 2008, Makybe gave birth to her second foal, a filly by the aforementioned Fusaichi Pegasus. This filly sold at auction for $1.2 million to trainer, Mark Cavangh of Melbourne. Makybe Diva had another filly on 28 August 2009 by Encosta De Lago and will be served by More Than Ready for the 2010 season.
|4th||29/7/2002||3yo Maiden||Benalla||1200m||54.5||1:13.15||F. Alesci||Blues Explosion 1st|
|Won||13/08/2002||Maiden||Wangaratta||1600m||55||1:41.70||V. Hall||Sing Us a Tune 2nd|
|Won||3/9/2002||Class 1||Sale||1700m||55||1:43.97||V. Hall||Zanisa 2nd|
|Won||17/9/2002||Class 3||Ballarat||2000m||54.5||2:07.15||V. Hall||Our Fireman Sam 2nd|
|Won||3/10/2002||F & M Handicap||Flemington||2000m||52||2:02.31||B.Prebble||Little Miss Quick 2nd|
|Won||30/10/2002||Werribee Cup||Werribee||2000m||51.5||2:03.24||L. Currie||Aquiver 2nd|
|Won||9/11/2002||Queen Elizabeth Stakes||Flemington||2500m||52||2:35.78||L. Currie||Spirit of Westbury 2nd|
|8th||5/4/2003||Open Handicap||Caulfield||1400m||55.5||1:22.52||V. Hall||Karamazou 1st|
|6th||25/4/2003||Auckland RC Hcp.||Flemington||1600m||56.5||1:37.10||V. Hall||Old Man 1st|
|4th||30/08/2003||Noel Rundle Welter||Caulfield||1400m||58.5||1:25.32||L. Currie||C'Est Le Reve 1st|
|4th||13/09/2003||W H Stock Stakes||Moonee Valley||1600m||55.5||1:36.81||S. Arnold||Sunday Joy 1st|
|4th||4/10/2003||Turnbull Stakes||Flemington||2000m||56.5||2:04.06||L. Currie||Studebaker 1st|
|4th||18/10/2003||Caulfield Cup||Caulfield||2400m||51.5||2:25.98||G. Boss||Mummify 1st|
|Won||4/11/2003||Melbourne Cup||Flemington||3200m||51||3:19.90||G. Boss||She's Archie 2nd|
|7th||14/2/2004||Chester Manifold Stakes||Flemington||1400m||59.5||1:21.12||V. Hall||Mr Murphy 1st|
|3rd||28/2/2004||Carlyon Cup||Caulfield||1600m||56.5||1:36.24||G. Boss||La Sirenuse 1st|
|6th||8/3/2004||Australian Cup||Flemington||2000m||55.5||2:01.67||G. Boss||Lonhro 1st|
|3rd||20/3/2004||Ranvet Stakes||Rosehill||2000m||55.5||2:03.22||G. Boss||Sound Action 1st|
|3rd||3/4/2004||The BMW Stakes||Rosehill||2400m||55.5||2:25.78||G. Boss||Grand Zulu 1st|
|Won||17/4/2004||Sydney Cup||Randwick||3200m||55.5||3:21.21||G. Boss||Manawa King 2nd|
|4th||28/08/2004||Memsie Stakes||Caulfield||1400m||55.5||1:23.02||L. CurrieS||Regal Roller 1st|
|2nd||11/09/2004||J F Feehan Stakes||Moonee Valley||1600m||55.5||1:42.50||L. Currie||Delzao 1st|
|7th||2/10/2004||Turnbull Stakes||Flemington||2000m||56.5||2:00.46||D. Oliver||Elvstroem 1st|
|2nd||16/10/2004||Caulfield Cup||Caulfield||2400m||55.5||2:31.37||G. Boss||Elvstroem 1st|
|Won||2/11/2004||Melbourne Cup||Flemington||3200m||55.5||3:28.55||G. Boss||Vinnie Roe 2nd|
|7th||12/2/2005||C F Orr Stakes||Caulfield||1400m||55.5||1:22.85||S. King||Elvstroem 1st|
|2nd||26/2/2005||St George Stakes||Caulfield||1800m||56.5||1:49.56||G. Boss||Elvstroem 1st|
|Won||12/3/2005||Australian Cup||Flemington||2000m||55.5||1:58.73||G. Boss||Winning Belle 2nd|
|Won||19/3/2005||The BMW Stakes||Rosehill||2400m||55.5||2:26.99||G. Boss||Grand Armee 2nd|
|7th||10/4/2005||April Stakes||Nakayama||2000m||59||2:00.1||G. Boss||Suzuno March 1|
|7th||1/5/2005||Tenno Sho||Kyoto||3200m||56||3:16.5||G. Boss||Suzuka Mambo 1st|
|Won||27/08/2005||Memsie Stakes||Caulfield||1400m||55.5||1:26.75||S. King||Barely a Moment 2nd|
|2nd||10/09/2005||J F Feehan Stakes||Moonee Valley||1600m||55.5||1:37.64||G. Boss||Lad of the Manor 1st|
|Won||1/10/2005||Turnbull Stakes||Flemington||2000m||56.5||2:01.57||G. Boss||Lad of the Manor 2nd|
|Won||22/10/2005||Cox Plate||Moonee Valley||2040m||55.5||2:09.27||G. Boss||Lotteria 2nd|
|Won||1/11/2005||Melbourne Cup||Flemington||3200m||58||3:19.79||G. Boss||On a Jeune 2nd|
|Pas de Nom|
|River Lady||Prince John|
|Roberto||Hail to Reason|
|Noble Fancy (F-No.9-f)|
- Millionaire Racehorses in Australia
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Craig Young (2005). "Three cheers for the best we'll see". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/news/horseracing/three-cheers-for-the-best-well-see/2005/11/01/1130823206975.html. Retrieved October 20, 2007.
- ↑ Timeform Rating - Makybe Diva
- ↑ AJC & VRC, "Australian Stud Book", Vol. 39, Gillingham Printers Pty. Ltd. Underdale, 1997
- ↑ Arrold, Tony, "A Racegoers Handbook", Harper & Row publishers Sydney, New York, 1978
- ↑ Makybe Diva Racing Museum Australia
- ↑ Mark Twain's visit to the Melbourne Cup
- ↑ 2003 Melbourne Cup result
- ↑ 2004 Melbourne Cup result
- ↑ 2005 Melbourne Cup result
- ↑ "Diva calls the tune and steals the biggest show in town". The Age. 3 November 2003. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/11/04/1067708217672.html.
- ↑ Legend of Makybe Diva Grows
- ↑ Daniel Ziffer (2005). "The race that started a nation partying". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/news/horseracing/the-race-that-started-a-nation-partying/2005/11/01/1130823208509.html?from=moreStories. Retrieved October 20, 2007.
- ↑ Andrew Clark (2005). "Sydney racegoers sip to champion's success". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/news/horseracing/sydney-racegoers-sip-to-champions-success/2005/11/01/1130823208518.html?from=moreStories. Retrieved October 20, 2007.
- ↑ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10353038
- ↑ Melbourne Cup controversy
- ↑ The Diva joins racing's greats
- ↑ Schlink, Leo (August 17, 2007). "Three-times Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva a mum". News.co.au. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22260343-2,00.html.
- ↑ Harvey, Virginia, Thoroughbreds, The Land newspaper, 15 April 2010, p. 60, Rural Press
- ↑ The Daily Telegraph. "Makybe Diva has third foal ." 01 September 2009.