Commissioned by owner Tony Santic, Makybe Diva is a British-bred, Australian-trained Thoroughbred racehorse who became the first horse to win The Melbourne Cup on three consecutive occasions (2003, 2004, and 2005).
2005 was a succession of triumphs for Makybe Diva with wins in the Australian Cup, BMW, Memsie Stakes, Turnbull Stakes, Cox Plate and record breaking third Melbourne Cup.
Makybe Diva is the highest stakes-earner in Australian horse racing history, finishing with winnings of more than $14 million upon her retirement in November 2005.
World Thoroughbred Rankings then rated her the best filly/mare in the world, and the best horse of any sex beyond 2,700 metres.
Makybe Diva was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.
“Go and find the smallest child on the racecourse because he or she might be the only one to see this happen again”. So said trainer Lee Freedman after Makybe Diva’s historic third victory in the 2005 Melbourne Cup.”
Cup king Bart Cummings put it very simply: “Well, you can’t do better than that”.