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The 2017 Makybe Diva Stakes Day results will be updated all afternoon at horseracing.com.au and this is set to be a truly magnificent day of racing at Flemington.

Hartnell will start the 2017 Makybe Diva Stakes as a dominant favourite. Photo by: Ultimate Racing Photos

The Makybe Diva Stakes is the highlight of this stellar card and it is Godolphin import Hartnell that is an odds-on favourite to record a third Group 1 victory following his excellent return to racing in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m).

Just about every race at Flemington this afternoon will be a key form reference for the rest of the 2017 Spring Racing Carnival, but that is particularly the case with the Danehill Stakes that has drawn some of the best three-year-olds in the country, while we could see the Melbourne Cup winner in the 2017 JRA Trophy that is dominated by the Macedon Lodge team of Lloyd Williams.

Visit horseracing.com.au throughout the afternoon to keep up to date with all the 2017 Makybe Diva Day results!

2017 Makybe Diva Stakes Day Results

Race 1 (12:30pm) – $120,000 Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m)

It was a tough start to the day for punters as Fox Swift recorded an upset win in the Cap D’Antibes Stakes at Flemington this afternoon.

Fox Swift showed an impressive turn of foot to prove too strong for her rivals in the final stages of the Cap D’Antibes Stakes and she delivered Mark Zahra another black-type race win.

Jorda started the Cap D’Antibes Stakes as a clear favourite, but she was one of the first horses beaten and she missed the placings.

  • 1st – Fox Swift
  • 2nd – Split Lip
  • 3rd – Luqyaa

Race 2 (1:05pm) – $120,000 Listed Pin & Win Plate Results

Royal Symphony survived a horror run in transit to record a most impressive win in the Pin & Win Plate at Flemington this afternoon.

Royal Symphony got shuffled back in the early stages of the Pin & Win Plate and he looked like he would be blocked for a run in the straight.

Dwayne Dunn was eventually able to find clear running and Royal Symphony showed an explosive turn-of-foot in the final 100 metres to run down a gallant Eclair Sunshine.

The Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas is the major 2017 Spring Racing Carnival target for Royal Symphony and he is currently a clear favourite in betting for the Group 1 event.

  • 1st – Royal Symphony
  • 2nd – Eclair Sunshine
  • 3rd – Sebfire

Race 3 (1:40pm) – $120,000 Listed The Sofitel Results

Theanswermyfriend led from start to finish to win The Sofitel at Flemington this afternoon.

Craig Williams took Theanswermyfriend straight to the front in the early stages of The Sofitel and he ensured that the race was run at a very genuine tempo.

Theanswermyfriend opened up a big gap at the top of the straight and that proved to be a winning move as he held-off the consistent Mr Sneaky.

  • 1st – Theanswermyfriend
  • 2nd – Mr Sneaky
  • 3rd – Count Da Vinci

Race 4 (2:15pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality Results

Redkirk Warrior returned to the races with a dominant win in the 2017 Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington this afternoon.

Redkirk Warrior won the Newmarket Handicap first-up in the Autumn and it was a virtual repeat in the Bobbie Lewis Quality as he destroyed a quality field in most impressive fashion.

The Everest is set to be the next race start for Redkirk Warrior before he likes returns to Flemington for the Darley Classic.

  • 1st – Redkirk Warrior
  • 2nd – Scales Of Justice
  • 3rd – Land Of Plenty

Race 5 (2:55pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Danehill Stakes Results

Catchy stamped herself as one of the most exciting three-year-olds in the country with an impressive win in the 2017 Danehill Stakes at Flemington this afternoon.

Jukebox kicked clear at the 300 metre mark and Catchy took a while to wind-up, but she savaged the line in the final 100 metres and she finished over the top of her rivals.

Catchy will have her next race start in the Thousand Guineas Prelude before she returns to Group 1 level for the Thousand Guineas.

  • 1st – Catchy
  • 2nd – Jukebox
  • 3rd – Booker

Race 6 (3:35pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes Results

Sword Of Light produced the best performance of her career to win the 2017 Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington this afternoon.

Sword Of Light looked like a sitting duck when she kicked clear at the top of the straight, but she toughed it out to the line in impressive fashion to hold-off a fast-finishing Swampland.

I Am A Star started the race as a clear favourite, but she struggled to find clear running and was never able to get into the race.

  • 1st – Sword Of Light
  • 2nd – Swampland
  • 3rd – Lovani

Race 7 (4:15pm) – $750,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes Results

Humidor stormed home from the tail of the field to win the 2017 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington this afternoon.

Damian Lane settled Humidor in last in the early stages of the Makybe Diva Stakes, but he travelled into the race nicely and wasn’t far away at the top of the straight.

Hartnell hit the front at the 200 metre mark, but Humidor looked like the winner a long way from home and he put a gap on his rivals in the last 100 metres.

  • 1st – Humidor
  • 2nd – Hartnell
  • 3rd – Black Heart Bart

Race 8 (4:55pm) – $120,000 Listed JRA Trophy Results

Almandin is on track for another Melbourne Cup after he recorded a dominant win in the 2017 JRA Trophy at Flemington this afternoon.

Grandukeoftuscany took up the running in the early stages of the JRA Trophy and he ensured that the race turned into a genuine staying contest.

Almandin looked as though he would be blocked for a run, but Damien Oliver found a run right up against the paint and the Melbourne Cup winner exploded when he asked for an extra effort.

  • 1st – Almandin
  • 2nd – Crocodile Rock
  • 3rd – Aloft

Race 9 (5:25pm) – $120,000 Sofitel Girls’ Day Out Handicap (1700m)

Hardham produced an impressive performance to comfortably win the final race on Makybe Diva Stakes Day.

The Redoute’s Choice entire was settled just behind the early pace by jockey Luke Nolen and after enjoying a carefree run in transit, found a gap between runners and worked to the line well.

Nozomi mustered a strong turn of foot late to run on for second, while veteran Jacquinot Bay was also impressive to the line for third.

  • 1st – Hardham
  • 2nd – Nozomi
  • 3rd – Jacquinot Bay 

About The Author

Thomas Hackett

Thomas is a passionate and opinionated racing journalist and punter who has been obsessed with horse racing since he backed Saintly to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup. An international racing enthusiast, he has his finger on the pulse of racing news not just from Australia but all around the world.

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