Makybe Diva (right) wins the Melbourne Cup. She is now dam of a winnerPICTURE: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
First winner for Cup legend Makybe Diva
LEGENDARY Melbourne Cup mare Makybe Diva was represented by her first winner when Rockstardom broke his maiden at Bendigo in Australia on Thursday.
Rockstardom, a four-year-old gelding by Galileo, won the 1m Jayco Maiden by a nose at his first start back after a 28-week break.
"The furtherthe better for him," said winning jockey Mark Zahra. "He was racing first-up at a mile and was very strong late."
Rockstardom is trained by Danny O'Brien for a syndicate that includes Makybe owners Tony and Deslee Santic. They kept a share after he was sold for A$1.5 million at the 2009 Inglis Easter yearling sale.
Makybe Diva has a two-year-old colt by Encosta De Lago and she foaled a colt by Lonhro in August. The Santics sent her to their homebred champion Starspangledbanner at Coolmore Stud this year.
Meanwhile, Makybe's Tale of the Cat freshman sire Purrealist has made a flying start with two early-season winners from the Gnarwarre nursery.
Pure Hustle opened his account at Rosehill on October 29 and Pure Whisper doubled the winner count at Doomben on November 5. Both youngsters are being set for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January.