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Makybe Diva Stakes 2023 Betting Tips - Hot streak to continue for Mr Brightside

Last updated: 15 Sep 2023
Alex Marsh 15 Sep 2023
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  • The Makybe Diva Stakes is a 1600m Group 1 run at Flemington
  • The 2023 edition will be contested on Saturday, September 16
  • Mr Brightside heads the early betting for this WFA feature
  • Preview & tips are included below
Makybe Diva Tips
Can Mr Brightside land another Group 1? (Getty)

The Makybe Diva Stakes is a 1600m Group 1 race and this WFA feature headlines a strong 10-race program from Flemington on September 16.
  • 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Field & Odds
  • 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Tips

A major lead-up race to the Spring Carnival majors, horses such as Weekend Hussler, Fawkner, Humidor and Incentivise have taken out this race en route to bigger things.

A small, but strong field has been assembled for the 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes and at $1.95 with Ladbrokes, Mr Brightside is favourite.

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Field & Odds

1Mr Brightside (NZ) Ben, Will & JD HayesCraig Williams259kg$1.95
2Alligator BloodGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Damien Oliver459kg$4
3Spanish Mission (USA)Peter G Moody & Katherine ColemanLuke Nolen659kg$46
4Aegon (NZ)Andrew ForsmanMichael Dee559kg$23
5Francesco Guardi (IRE)Chris Waller Damian Lane359kg$23
6Osipenko (NZ)Chris Waller Mark Zahra 158.5kg$11
7Princess Grace (USA)Chris WallerBlake Shinn 757kg$4.40
Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes & correct at 10.30pm on 13/09/2023.

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Tips

2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Best Bet - Mr Brightside

While he had a terrific record going into last spring, which included a Doncaster Mile win back in the autumn of 2022, there's still no doubt that Mr Brightside has improved 12 months on.

That's evident when comparing his WFA form to last year, where he was still competitive in the Underwood, Caulfield Stakes, Cox Plate and Champions Mile, but just a rung off the elite.

Now, the six-year-old can sit three-wide and defeat the likes of Alligator Blood and I Wish I Win in a Memsie Stakes, with the Hayes runner a popular elect for the Makybe Diva Stakes following that.

Third-up and to 1600m is a further positive here, as he took out the All-Star Mile on this pattern back in March and the mile is his sweet spot, with of eight of his 13 wins coming over this trip.

With the second fav fitter and now at arguably his pet track/trip, we certainly have to respect Alligator Blood, however, Mr Brightside will be stalking and within range from barrier two.

Mr Brightside - $1.95Makybe Diva Stakes Best Betbet now
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2023 Makybe Diva Stakes Value Bet - Osipenko

At first glance of the Memsie, it's hard to see how Osipenko bridges the gap on the market elects here, but on further inspection, the Waller entire may have been the hidden run there.

With plenty of pressure from the outside and perhaps I Wish I Win holding up closer than predicted from gate one, it forced this four-year-old a few pairs back further than they'd have liked.

Despite that, the son of Pierro has made inroads to finish midfield there second-up and that followed a solid return in the Winx Stakes when sustaining a long and wide run at Randwick.

The only other comparable form is his 1.31-length defeat behind Anamoe via the George Ryder Stakes back in autumn and he was a month between runs there third-up following a setback.

Now suited to the mile and with a solid fitness base, we'll get a definitive gauge on his WFA credentials here and from gate one in the small field, Mark Zahra has to be aiming for the box-seat early.

Osipenko - $11.00Makybe Diva Stakes Value Betbet now
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Our best & value bets for the 2023 Makybe Diva Stakes are:

Best Bet: Mr Brightside To Win @20/21 at Ladbrokes Australia - 8 Units
Value Bet: Osipenko To Win @10/1 at Ladbrokes Australia - 1 Unit
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