2020 Makybe Diva Stakes - Mystic Journey to stamp authority in Melbourne Group 1

Australia's best thoroughbreds will take to the track for the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington
Mystic Journey
Mystic Journey is the deserved favourite for the Makybe Diva Stakes

Makybe Diva Stakes Information

  • DateSat 12 Sep, 2020
  • RacecourseFlemington
  • Race Distance1600 metres
  • ConditionsWeight-for-age
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$750,000

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Tips & Betting Predictions

Named in honour of the three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, the Group 1 feature hosts some of Australia’s best thoroughbreds.

Heading the nominations is Australia’s best racehorse Mystic Journey, which would attract plenty of attention if she lines up.

However, there’s a stack of quality horses looking to dethrone the champion and it’s going to be an exciting Melbourne feature.

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

1Hartnell (GB)James CummingsCraig Williams11
2Galio Chop (FR)Matthew WilliamsLinda Meech6
3Humidor (NZ)Ciaron Maher & David EustaceDamian Lane14
4Scales Of JusticeLindsey SmithDean Yendall9
5Rostropovich (IRE)David & B Hayes, T DabernigDwayne Dunn13
6GattingDarren McauliffeJamie Kah8
7Kings Will Dream (IRE)Chris WallerMark Zahra5
8Fifty Stars (IRE)David & B Hayes, T DabernigBen Allen3
9Yucatan (IRE)Liam HowleyBen Melham2
10Night's Watch (NZ)Chris WallerDamien Oliver15
11Sound (GER)Michael MoroneyJamie Mott1
12Mr QuickiePhillip StokesJohn Allen12
13Mystic JourneyAdam TrinderAdam Darmanin10
14OohoodTony & Calvin McEvoyMichael Dee4
15QafilaDavid & B Hayes, T DabernigLuke Nolen7

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Best Bet – Mystic Journey @ 2.25

Strong money is coming for Mystic Journey, which has had an interrupted campaign but a winning one.

She scored a win in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes by just under a length fresh up and that form should hold up nicely for this.

Running second-up can be an issue for some horses but the four-year-old mare has won 11 of her 14 starts and she’s a real professional.

Mystic Journey is the current favourite for the Cox Plate and winning the Makybe Diva Stakes is a natural progression for her.

Bookmakers have her short in the betting at 1.80 after opening her at 1.90, but punters will come hard and she could start much shorter.

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Best Each Way – Hartnell @ 11.00

Stablemate to Avilius, Hartnell has every chance to win this race based on his last start effort.

The Cummings-trained nine-year-old flashed home late for fourth in the Memsie Stakes and that was a good sign for the future.

Although he’s not getting any younger, there’s still life in the legs of Hartnell and being on the two-week backup is going to help.

He’ll be a fit runner and he has more experience than any other runner in this field. That’s going to help nicely and he shouldn’t be discounted simply because of his long odds.

Much like Avilius, we’re expecting money to come for Hartnell and he could start around the 8.00 mark come race day.

Hartnell works in preparation for his Melbourne Spring Carnival tilt

2020 Makybe Diva Stakes Best Roughie – Mr Quickie @ 21.00

Mr Quickie was a revelation last season and could start this campaign with a big effort in the Makybe Diva Stakes.

The Phillip Stokes-trained four-year-old is a winner of nine from 13 career starts and that record alone is mightily impressive.

Drawing wide in barrier 12 won't worry him as he likes to drop back and work into the race nicely.

There are worse chances at the odds.


Mystic Journey is the boom horse in this field and she deserves to be favourite. We wouldn't be surprised if she started even shorter in the betting after attracting a lot of early money.

Hartnell and Mr Quickie are quality thoroughbreds and will be a tough challenge for Mystic Journey.

Best Bet: Mystic Journey @ 2.25 at bet365 - 10 Units
Best Each Way: Hartnell @ 11.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Best Roughie: Mr Quickie @ 21.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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Makybe Diva Stakes

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Bet 10 Win 22.50
Mystic Journey

Best Each Way

Bet 1 Win 11.00

Best Roughie

Bet 1 Win 21.00
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