Manikato Stakes 2023 Race Details

Race 8 at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday the 28th October 2023.

The Manikato Stakes is a Group 1 1200 metre weight-for-age race held by the Moonee Valley Racing Club. Previously run at Moonee Valley in October on the Friday night before the Cox Plate it is now run on Cox Plate day.  The total prizemoney this year is $2,000,000.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the Manikato Stakes page.

How to pick a winner

Manikato Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Fine

Seven have accepted for the Manikato Stakes and it’s no surprise to see Imperatriz a deep odds on favourite following two breathtaking wins this preparation.  She came from last to win the McEwen here first up, then sailed away from impressive subsequent winner Asfoora late in the Moir.  The rest are seemingly in a battle for second.

Manikato Stakes 2023 Runner by Runner

1. The Inferno

Ran well here first up in the Moir.  Can’t see him beating Imperatriz but is in the mix for the placings.

2. Buenos Noches

Good winner of the Show County first up then ran a luckless third in The Shorts.  Was back and wide in The Everest on a day where it was impossible to make ground out wide.  This looks a much better set up with B Shinn on.

3. Uncommon James

Oakleigh Plate winner in the Autumn.  I liked his run here first up in the Moir where he was strong late.  Blinkers appeared to backfire last start at Caulfield and it’s no surprise to see them come off.  If Imperatriz is to rate down for what ever reason he is one who could pick up the pieces.

4. Jigsaw

Was a winning machine last prep.  Market risked him first up down the straight.  Much harder race but back around a bend suits.

5. I Am War

Has no hope but the owners are going to pick up $40,000 here for running last.

6. Imperatriz

Gun Kiwi mare who has won her last three starts here in superb fashion.  Draws perfect in barrier four and surely only bad luck beats her.

7. I Am Me

Likeable mare who settles on speed and gives her all.  Won the Sydney Stakes last start but did have the bias in her favour there.  Top three chance here with J Mac sticking.

Manikato Stakes 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Lewis Oliver’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips
6 Imperatriz 6 Imperatriz
2 Buenos Noches 7 I Am Me
3 Uncommon James 2 Buenos Noches
1 The Inferno 3 Uncommon James

Previews for other races this week

Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2023 (Moonee Valley 2500m)  – Friday

Group 3 JRA Cup 2023 (Moonee Valley 2040m)  – Friday

Listed Chautauqua Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1200m)  – Friday

Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes 2023 (Randwick 2000m)

The Invitation 2023 (Randwick 1400m)

Group 2 Callander-Presnell 2023 (Randwick 1500m)

Group 3 Craven Plate 2023 (Randwick 2000m)

Listed Brian Crowley Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

Group 1 Cox Plate 2023 (Moonee Valley 2040m)

Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase 2023 (Moonee Valley 2500m)

Group 2 Crystal Mile 2023 (Moonee Valley 1600m)

Group 2 Fillies Classic 2023 (Moonee Valley 1600m)

Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1200m)

Group 3 Tesio Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1600m)

Listed William Crockett Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1200m)

Restricled Listed Inglis Banner 2023 (Moonee Valley 1000m)

Listed Belgravia Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1200m)

Listed Sale Cup 2023 (Sale 1600m)  – Sunday

Listed Northam Cup 2023 (Northam 1600m)  – Sunday

Manikato Stakes 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 6 Imperatriz
2nd 7 I Am Me 3.25 lengths
3rd 3 Uncommon James 3.65 lengths
4th 1 The Inferno 3.75 lengths

The track was rated as Good 3.

Scratching: 2. Buenos Noches (scratched at barrier).