Manikato Stakes

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, 23 October 2015, 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.

2015 Manikato Stakes Final Field & Odds:

Check below for all the latest Manikato Stakes odds plus final field.

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2015 Manikato Stakes Preview & Tips:

Track: Good  Weather: Fine

Only ten horses will line up for the $1,000,000 William Hill Manikato Stakes. The early market has Chautauqua as the short-priced favourite following two impressive Group 2 wins this campaign in the McEwen Stakes and the Gilgai Stakes. Second favourite is Terravista who resumed with a solid win in Sydney, and goes well second-up. He was 5th here last year. Third favourite is quality mare Srikandi with 9 wins from 13 starts. She won two Group 1’s before spelling and goes well first-up.

Buffering has 11 wins at this distance, and loves this track. He is lining up in this race for the 4th time after 6th in 2012, winner in 2013 and 7th last year. Rebel Dane is also a regular, who was 5th in 2013 and 4th in 2014. He resumed with a win in The Shorts then 2nd in the Premiere Stakes. Alpha Miss resumed from a year off with a powerful win, while Fast’n’Rocking won very impressively in weaker company last outing. The other 3 runners are all at long odds.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
Mick’s Picks
Ed’s Choice
 2 Chautauqua  8 Srikandi 2 Chautauqua
 8 Srikandi  2 Chautauqua  3 Terravista
 1 Buffering  3 Terravista  4 Rebel Dane
 3 Terravista  1 Buffering  1 Buffering

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).

Year Winner Second Third
2015 Chautauqua Srikandi Rebel Dane
2014 Lankan Rupee Angelic Light Famous Seamus
2013 Buffering Lucky Nine Sessions
2012 Sea Siren Mental We’re Gonna Rock
2011 Sepoy Sister Madly More Joyous
2010 Hay List True Persuasion Eagle Falls
2009 Danleigh Phelan Ready Nicconi
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
2001 Piavonic Sunline (NZ) Falvelon
2000 Sunline (NZ) Honour The Name Miss Pennymoney