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: 1200 metres
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
Date: Friday 26 October 2012 night meeting
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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.
2012 Manikato Stakes Final Field & Odds:
Check below for all the latest Manikato Stakes odds plus final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2012 Manikato Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Dead Weather: Fine
Ten horses will line up for the $750,000 Sportingbet Manikato Stakes. The short-priced favourite is Buffering with two starts for two Group 2 wins this campaign, including one at this course and distance. He is yet to win at Group 1 level. Second favourite is Sea Siren, who beat Buffering in the Doomben 10,000 in May. She is one of 3 Fastnet Rock progeny in the race and has 5 wins and 2 places from 8 starts. Lone Rock, another Fastnet Rock mare, is third in the market.
We’re Gonna Rock has a win and a 2nd from 2 starts this campaign, both at Group level. Mental is first-up but goes very well fresh, while Bel Sprinter has won 2 from 2 at this track. Ready To Rip is quite long in the market but only finished a half-neck behind Buffering last start after being caught in a pocket. Hallowell Belle has never finished further back than 4th in 16 starts and is always a danger. Temple Of Boom was disappointing first-up, but can improve. Satin Shoes is currently the outsider in the field, but is a talented mare who could surprise.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Buffering||1 Buffering||7 Sea Siren|
|4 Ready To Rip||7 Sea Siren||5 Bel Sprinter|
|7 Sea Siren||6 Mental||1 Buffering|
|3 We’re Gonna Rock||4 Ready To Rip||10 Lone Rock|
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|