Makybe Diva

Brit-bred but Aussie-raised, Makybe Diva became the first horse in history to win the Melbourne Cup three times (2003, 2004, 2005). 'The Diva' as she has since become know is also the only mare to have won the race multiple times.

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Greatest race horses of all time

We take a look at some of the finest races horses of all time.

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  1. Andrew12:42pm Monday 03rd November 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Really.... no Nijinsky? Champion 2-year-old, last British Triple crown winner (distances 1 mile to 1m6f) as a 3-y-o and later world's top sire (he's even in Black Caviar's breeding). Only succeeded since by Sadlers Wells and his line due to increases in prize money, shuttle siring and the like. As a racehorse, Nijinsky was better than Sadlers Wells by a country mile.

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  2. SAJ01:45pm Friday 02nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    As the Cup draws closer - I'm reminded of the Bart Cummings and Think Big springs to mind also Black and Gold. Those ghosty greys of Gunsynd & Ming Dynasty. And the oldest Cup winner at 11yrs Magistrate. How about Rainlover lived up to her name hmmm? And talk about mares Sunline was a great thrill and she could hold her ground with the best of them. Of course Melbourne is second home to the Kiwi's and plenty of them have left their mark. I liked that Queenslander Yippee. Vain's progeny proved something to follow and can't forget Juene's line either. Thoroughbred Racing's attraction these days outside of the Big races seems forgotten, pity because its a great day out,supports local rural industries and fashion designers too. But perhaps I'm sentimental, the character and culture of Australians shine through the celebration of a horse and rider hell bent for leather. Horses are facinating

  3. LadyCoralie11:03am Friday 02nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What about Man o' War? In the Lawrence Realization Stakes, no other horse was willing to go up against him until Mrs. Riddle's niece, Sarah Jeffords entered Hoodwink. Man o' War won by more than 100 lengths while setting a new world record of 2:40-4/5 for a mile and five-eighths, besting the previous record by six seconds in a track record that still stands. Or Seabiscuit? At the Santa Anita Handicap 78,000 paying spectators crammed the racetrack, most backing the "people's champion" to complete his amazing return to racing. Pollard (jockey) found his horse blocked almost from the start. Picking his way through the field, Seabiscuit briefly led. As they thundered down the back straight, Seabiscuit became trapped in third place, behind leader Whichcee and Wedding Call on the outside. Trusting in his horse's acceleration, Pollard steered a dangerous line between the leaders and burst into the lead, taking the firm ground just off the rail. As Seabiscuit showed his old surge, Wedding Call and Whichcee faltered, and Pollard drove his horse on, taking the Hundred Grander by a length and a half from the fast-closing Kayak II. Pandemonium engulfed the course. Neither horse and rider, nor trainer and owner, could get through the sea of well-wishers to the winner's enclosure for some time. Your list is incomplete to me.

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