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2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Betting Odds - Mr Brightside an outright favourite

Last updated: 11 Sep 2023
Bets.com.au Staff 11 Sep 2023
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  • The Makybe Diva Stakes is the second Group 1 run over the Melbourne Spring Carnival
  • This major is run over 1600m at Flemington
  • The 2023 edition will be contested on Saturday, September 16
  • Market provided by Unibet Australia
Mr Brightside and Princess Grace (r) both feature in the Makybe Diva Stakes markets. (Getty)

Having won his last four starts, which includes back-to-back victories to open this season, Mr Brightside is an outright favourite to win the 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes, with $2.60 his quote via Unibet Australia

Stepping to a mile won't worry the six-year-old, with Mr Brightside having won four of his last five 1600m attempts and that includes a third-up triumph via the All-Star Mile back in March.

Alligator Blood ($4.40) was only narrowly defeated by I'm Thunderstruck in last year's Makybe Diva Stakes and although he did feature over the 2022 Brisbane Winter Carnival, the seven-year-old did kick off his Melbourne campaign in the Memsie Stakes, which was also the case this time in.

The five-time Group 1 winner finished fourth via that recent 1400m tilt at Caulfield and a return to Flemington is in his favour, with Alligator Blood having recorded three wins and a second from four attempts on this circuit.

With back-to-back seconds at Group 1 level to open her prep, Princess Grace ($5) is firmly knocking on the door and while untried past 1400m in Australia, all of her overseas form was in the 1600m-1700m range.

A nomination has also been thrown in for Western Australian star Amelia's Jewel ($7), although it appears more likely that she'll contest the Group 2 Let's Elope Stakes on the same meeting.

Osipenko ($8) rounds out the single-figure chances for the September 16 Flemington feature, a Chris Waller-trained entire that'll appreciate the rise to 1600m, however, he was safely held in seventh behind Mr Brightside, Princess Grace and Alligator Blood in the Memsie Stakes.

Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 Betting Odds

Mr Brightside$2.60
Alligator Blood$4.40
Princess Grace$5.00
Amelia's Jewel$7.00
Francesco Guardi$15.00

Odds provided by Unibet Australia at 5.30pm on 11/09/2023.

Makybe Diva Stakes Winners

First ran in 1948 as The Craiglee Stakes, the Makybe Diva Stakes has a strong history on the Melbourne racing scene.

This event was first contested over 2000m before moving to the mile journey in 1965, the trip it is currently running at today, while the name change of the race occurred in 2007 to honour the three-time Melbourne Cup winning champion.

The race gained Group 1 status in 2013 and that year saw the Chris Waller-trained Foreteller upset short favourite Puissance de Lune to claim the prize.

Several high-quality runners have taken out this weight-for-age feature, including Light Fingers, Dulcify, Mahogany Northerly and Weekend Hussler.

Fierce Impact (2020), Incentivise (2021) and I'm Thunderstruck (2022) have won the last three editions of the Makybe Diva Stakes.

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