A legend on the track, the Makybe Diva story is well known throughout the industry. Passed in at sale in England, she came to Australia as an unknown. Born to northern hemisphere time, Makybe Diva was on the back foot against her Australian counterparts.
She made the first of her 36 starts in 2002 and placed fourth in Benalla. A humble beginning – we all have to start somewhere! As she stepped up in distance her quality began to shine through, and as a four year old she won her first Listed Race, the Werribee Cup, at 2000 metres.
The year 2003 saw her first Melbourne Cup Victory, where she was second favourite going in. She raced home to first place in the Sydney Cup in 2004, and had a second-place finish in the Caulfield Cup. But once again Makybe Diva took home first place in the race that stops a nation in 2004.
In 2005 Makybe Diva was named Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year, winning the Melbourne Cup, Australian Cup, BMW Stakes, Memsie Stakes, Turnbull Stakes and the Cox Plate.
She entered the Australian Racing Hall of Fame the following year.
Makybe Diva retired to stud and has had several foals, all stamped with her classy looks – and many, such as Divination, showing promise as future track stars. As of 2018, she is in foal to Written Tycoon.