The life-sized bronze statue of Makybe Diva, the first racehorse to win the Melbourne Cup 3 times, is located at the foreshore park, Port Lincoln, Australia. The statue, erected to commemorate Makybe Diva, was unveiled in 2006, by the then Deputy Premier of South Australia, Hon. Kevin Foley MP. The statue was sculpted by Ken Martin, a Port Lincoln artist and according to him, he worked 7 days a week to make the statue; in totalt took him 9 months to complete the work. The funding of A$180,000 for the statue was provided by the Port Lincoln tuna industry and the local government.
Makybe Diva is a thoroughbred racehorse which was trained in Australia. It was bred in the United Kingdom and she won the Melbourne Cup, one of Australia’s most prestigious thoroughbred horse races. She has also in the years of 2005, 2004, and 2003. 2005 won the W.S. Cox Plate Cup. In the Australasian horse racing history, Makybe Diva holds the position as the top stakes-earner (more than A$14 million). She is among the only 5 horses, and the only mare, to have ever won the Cup multiple times. Makybe Diva is also one of the only fourteen mares to ever win the Cup. She made her racetrack debut when she was only 3-years old.
In 2004/05 season, Makybe Diva was named Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year. The Sport Australia Hall of Fame honored her with the Spirit of Sport Award in 2006, and in the same year she was also inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. In 2010, she was officially inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
The foreshore park is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon or even the whole day itself. The view towards the sea is spectacular and the statue in itself is very elegant. Keeping the sea in the background, the Makybe Diva statue presents itself as an excellent place for photo sessions.