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, 21 October 2016, 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.
2016 Manikato Stakes Final Field & Odds:
Check below for all the latest Manikato Stakes odds plus final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2016 Manikato Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
Eleven quality sprinters will line up for the $1,000,000 William Hill Manikato Stakes. The early market has 2015 winner Chautauqua as the short-priced favourite. He was 4th in the Moir Stakes when resuming and may have been looking for further.Second favourite is Golden Slipper winner Capitalist who is taking on the older horses but only has 53kg to carry. Third favourite is English, the only mare in the field who has not been far from the winner in two starts this campaign.
Lucky Hussler has a good record at this distance. Buffering has 12 wins at this distance, and loves this track. He is lining up in this race for the 5th time after 6th in 2012, winner in 2013, 7thin 2014 and 5th last year. Fell Swoop has won his only start at Moonee Valley and could surprise. Holler resumes here and has won 2 from 3 at this track and distance. The Quarterback won the Group 2 Gilgai first-up and is fitter now.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.
|6 The Quarterback|
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).
|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|