The Manikato Stakes is a 1200 metre weight-for-age race held by the Moonee Valley Racing Club. It is run at Moonee Valley in September and is part of the Breeder’s Cup Challenge.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open WFA
- Distance: 1,200 metres
- Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Friday, 27 October 2017, night meeting
The Manikato Stakes was first run in 1968 as the Freeway Stakes over 6 furlongs (about 1200 metres) and was won by Winfreux. In 1979 it became a Group 2 race and in 1984 the name was changed to the Manikato Stakes. It became a Group 1 race in 1989 and is one of the most important races on the Moonee Valley racing calendar. In recent years it has been run as a night meeting, and in 2012 was moved from late September to the eve of the Cox Plate.
In 2009 the Manikato Stakes became a qualifying race for the American Breeders Cup meeting in November. This means the winner earns an automatic start in the US$1 million Breeders Cup Sprint at Santa Anita racecourse in California, giving trainers and owners a chance to match their horses against international competition.
2017 Manikato Stakes Final Field & Odds:
Check below for all the latest Manikato Stakes odds plus final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2017 Manikato Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
Eleven quality sprinters will line up for the $1,000,000 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes. The early market is Memsie Stakes winner and The Everest runner-up Vega Magic who has 9 wins over this distance. Second favourite is In Her Time who has won her last 2 starts in Sydney over this distance. Third favourite is Chautauqua who won this race in 2015 then was 7th last year.
English ran 6th in The Everest but only got clear in the last 100m. Malaguerra resumed for 7th in the Moir Stakes and has a good second-up record. Viddora was a close 2nd in the Moir Stakes when resuming but is a perennial bridesmaid with 5 second places from her last 6 starts. Super Cash won the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes when resuming but tends to go best first-up. Spieth faded late for 8th in the Gilgai Stakes but is better than that. The other 3 runners are all at 20 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|2 Vega Magic|
|9 In Her Time|
Previous winners of the Manikato Stakes:
Champion racehorse Manikato won this race twice in 1979 and 1982. The race was named after him when he died in 1984. He was buried at Moonee Valley racecourse close to the winning post where he achieved so many victories including five consecutive William Reid Stakes. It is fitting that the race named in his honour attracts Australia’s finest sprinters.
Other notable winners of the Manikato Stakes include Chautauqua (2015), Lankan Rupee (2014), Buffering (2013), Danleigh (2009), Miss Andretti (2006), Sunline (2000), Redoubte’s Choice (1999), Dane Ripper (1998), Rancho Ruler (1988), Rubiton (1987), Strawberry Road (1983), Manikato (1979 and 1982), Century (1972), Dual Choice (1970 and 1971) and Vain (1969).
|2017||Hey Doc||In Her Time||Malaguerra|
|2016||Rebel Dane||Fell Swoop||Japonisme|
|2014||Lankan Rupee||Angelic Light||Famous Seamus|
|2012||Sea Siren||Mental||We’re Gonna Rock|
|2011||Sepoy||Sister Madly||More Joyous|
|2010||Hay List||True Persuasion||Eagle Falls|
|2008||Typhoon Zed||Absolut Glam||Kaphero|
|2007||Gold Edition||Vormista||Dr Nipandtuck|
|2006||Miss Andretti||Dance Hero||Sassbee|
|2005||Spark Of Life||Perfectly Ready||Our Egyptian Raine (NZ)|
|2004||Spark Of Life||Yell||Dilly Dally|
|2003||Spinning Hill||True Glo||The Big Chill (NZ)|
|2002||Spinning Hill||Bel Esprit||Mistegic|
|2000||Sunline (NZ)||Honour The Name||Miss Pennymoney|