Animal: Makybe Diva

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Animal: Makybe Diva Gender: F
born on 21 March 1999 at 00:05 (= 12:05 AM )
Place Crewkerne, England, 50n53, 2w48
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 29°56' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 14°08 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 01°22'

Animal: Makybe Diva (in 2010)
photo: osedgman, license cc-by-2.0


British-bred, Australian-trained Thoroughbred that became the first racehorse to win the Melbourne Cup on three occasions: 2003, 2004, and 2005. 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.

She is by Desert King (a winner of the Irish Derby and Irish 2,000 Guineas) out of Tugela by Riverman (USA). Tugela was also the dam of the Australian stakes-winners, Musket and Valkyrie Diva. 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.

She is the highest stakes-earner in Australasian horse racing history, with winnings of more than A$14 million when she retired on 1 November 2005.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "A Diva by Name, a Darling by Nature," by Gary Tippet, Age [Melbourne, Australia], 22 October 2005: "The details of her birth, in Somerset, England, are committed to memory and roll off the tongue: 'She was born on March 21st, 1999 -- five minutes past midnight -- and she weighed 121 pounds (55 kilograms).' Dick Fowlston was there that early spring morning when the champion that is Makybe Diva was foaled..." [1].


  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Thrice won the Melbourne Cup)
  • Mundane : Misc. Mundane : Animals (Thoroughbred racehorse)