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, 25 October 2013, 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 Septmber 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.
2013 Manikato Stakes Final Field & Odds:
Check below for all the latest Manikato Stakes odds plus final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2013 Manikato Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Dead Weather: Fine
Twelve horses will line up for the $1,000,000 Sportingbet Manikato Stakes. The clear favourite is the in-form four-year-old mare Samaready who has won both starts this campaign including the Moir Stakes at this track and distance. Second favourite is Buffering, who was favourite in this race last year but ran 6th. He ran 2nd in the Moir last start. Third favourite is multiple Group 1 winning Hong Kong galloper Lucky Nine, who won the Group 1 International Sprint (1200m) in Singapore by 3 lengths last outing.
Arinosa won the Group 2 Premiere Stakes when resuming, and goes well second-up. Rebel Dane fought well to win the Rupert Clarke last start, while Bel Sprinter was a disappointing 6th in the Moir. Moment Of Change was 4th in the Moir, while Sessions was 4th in the Gilgai last start. Shamexpress is resuming from a spell. The other 3 runners are currently all at 33 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|10 Samaready||1 Lucky Nine||10 Samaready|
|1 Lucky Nine||7 Rebel Dane||12 Arinosa|
|2 Buffering||10 Samaready||4 Bel Sprinter|
|12 Arinosa||2 Buffering||7 Rebel Dane|
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 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).
|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|