Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2021

Friday October 22, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: Backing the favourite to salute is a good Manikato Stakes betting tip!

The Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes is a feature Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival sprint run under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse on the Friday night before Cox Plate Day each year. Conducted over 1200m the weight-for-age feature is the only Group 1 race on the evening program at the notoriously tight Valley circuit and is the first major of the two-meeting Cox Plate Carnival.

Worth $1 million in prize money it is named after dual winner of the race Manikato who also won five straight editions of the William Reid Stakes at the same track from 1979 – 1983. Upgraded to a Group 1 race in 1989 the Manikato, was previously known as the Freeway Stakes (1968 – 1983) and has been won by many topline sprinters including Lankan Rupee (2014), Sepoy (2011), Hay List (2010), Miss Andretti, Sunline (2000m) and Dane Ripper (1998).

This season the Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes ran on Friday October 22, 2021 and was won by the Tony Gollan-trained favourite from Queensland Jonker ($5.50).

2021 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Results

The official Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Friday October 22, 2021.

  • 1st: #2 Jonker ($5.50F)
  • 2nd: #8 Bella Nipotina
  • 3rd: #11 Ingratiating

Tony Gollan’s Spirit Of Boom six-year-old Jonker ($5.50F) was too fast and too strong for his rivals leading from barrier to box to hold on in a narrow victory over class mare Bella Nipotina in Friday night’s 2021 Manikato Stakes results at The Valley.

2021 Manikato Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Friday October 22, 2021
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1968

Manikato Stakes Betting

Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes betting odds are traditionally led by the best Moir Stakes graduates who are proven in Group 1 company over the 1200m at Moonee Valley. The two most recent Manikato Stakes winners that ran second in the Moir Stakes in their final lead-up were Buffering (2013) and Lankan Rupee (2014). The 2018 Manikato Stakes winner Brave Smash also finished runner-up in that spring’s Moir Stakes, but also finished eighth to dual champ Redzel in Sydney’s The Everest race in between the Melbourne spring features at The Valley.

Horses at the top of the Manikato Stakes markets have recently fared well on race night with six favourites saluting in the race from 2007 – 2021 most recently Jonker ($5.50 in 2021), but there have been two notable upsets with Rebel Dane ($61 in 2016) and Hey Doc ($21 in 2017).

Hey Doc returned in 2020 to  first dual champion on non-successive years since the race’s now namesake Manikato (1979, 1982) but did so as a $10 shot.

Horses coming off a top two run have dominated recent Manikato Stakes results, so the in-form sprinters of the spring usually sit highest up the Manikato Stakes odds.

2021 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Odds

The latest Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2021 betting odds will be available across the season below so you can back your early Moonee Valley Group 1 racing tips online at the right price this Cox Plate Carnival.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Manikato Stakes Tips

Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes tips are most often dominated by that season’s Moir Stakes winner, but a host of other lead-up races have produced winners of the sprint showdown in recent years including Brisbane’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap during the winter that both Sea Siren (9th in 2012) and Danleigh (2nd in 2009) contested before their spring win in the Manikato in Melbourne.

Some gallopers kick off their spring campaigns in the race, so looking at the runners with good fresh form is a good Manikato Stakes betting tip as is looking for the horses drawn near the inside as the tight circuit favours barriers 1 – 5.

2021 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2021 betting tips and exotic Moonee Valley race selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page to see what sprint horses to back at the right price this Cox Plate eve.

  • To Win: #8 Bella Nipotina ($12 at time of publish) 

It’s far from a vintage edition of the Manikato and it shapes up as a more open affair than the markets suggest. At double figures, happy to give the ultra-consistent Bella Nipotina another go at a win. She’s probably not a genuine Group 1 mare, but there are few genuine Group 1 horses in this field. She’s drawn the rails which, at The Valley isn’t ideal, so needs to stay out of trouble. If she does, more than capable of a win. She’s had four Moonee Valley runs for three seconds – a great record really – and has been in fine form this prep. She presents rock hard fit, is two-from-four this campaign and was narrowly beaten when placed behind the Manikato favourite Savatoxl in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes. Big chance at a nice price.

Manikato Stakes Field

The Manikato Stakes field has a capacity of 14 starters and has been run at that capacity eight times since 1983 most recently in 2008 when Typhoon Zed saluted and 2018 when Brave Smash got the job done as an $8.50 shot.

Four times since 2009 the Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes race field has attracted under double figures with just eight lining up in both 2010 and 2011, only nine in the 2017 edition and nine again in 2020. Both in 2017 and 2020, Hey Doc won the race.

The Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes final acceptances close the week of the race usually feature horses that contested the Group 1 Moir Stakes over the same track and distance the month before.

Recent Manikato Stakes winners to have had their final lead-up in the A.J. Moir Stakes include Lankan Rupee (2nd in 2014) and Buffering (2nd in 2013).

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Rebel Dane (2016) scored a huge upset as a $61 roughie in Manikato Stakes betting. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

2021 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Field

The 2021 Manikato Stakes Field & Barriers are set for release the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below so stay tuned to see the sprinters that make the cut for the million dollar Cox Plate Eve racing feature.

The 2021 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes final field features 13 hopefuls led in betting by Group 1 The Goodwood winner Savatoxl coming off a Group 2 Schillaci Stakes win.

  • Scratched: #3 Despatch (4)

2021 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Nominations

The 2021 Manikato Stakes Nominations close at midday on Friday October 15, 2021 a week out from the race and will be listed in full below once confirmed.

The 2021 Manikato Stakes nominations drew 32 early entries including a trio of The Everest horses running the Saturday prior in Sydney’s $15 million feature: Trekking, Wild Ruler and Masked Crusader.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 424x554x33 TREKKING G 7 James Cummings 1 58.5kg
2 2330×31228 AWAY GAME M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 56.5kg
3 13x1619x21 WILD RULER H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 3 58.5kg
4 x1167x2875 STREETS OF AVALON G 7 Shane Nichols 4 58.5kg
5 x13125x151 MASKED CRUSADER G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 58.5kg
6 x721610x57 SHAQUERO C 3 Chris Waller 6 53kg
7 1x2048x376 SEPTEMBER RUN M 4 Chris Waller 7 56.5kg
8 121x3x2x76 JONKER H 6 Tony Gollan 8 58.5kg
9 2336×31213 BELLA NIPOTINA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 9 56.5kg
10 11x2318x23 KEMALPASA G 6 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 10 58.5kg
11 11×1 SNEAKY FIVE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11 51kg
12 x21253x129 INGRATIATING C 3 James Cummings 12 53kg
13 41x91160x1 SAVATOXL G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 13 58.5kg
14 2112x358x8 SWATS THAT M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 14 56.5kg
15 4875110×05 BROOKLYN HUSTLE M 5 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 15 56.5kg
16 1x671x1221 PAULELE C 3 James Cummings 16 53kg
17 x1101x2432 LA MEXICANA M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 17 56.5kg
18 120x6025x3 HOW WOMANTIC M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 56.5kg
19 12×13 CRYSTAL BOUND F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 19 51kg
20 270×321515 EXPRESS PASS G 5 Nick Ryan 20 58.5kg
21 1x ACROBAT C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21 53kg
22 1x1x32 DOSH F 3 Grahame Begg 22 51kg
23 341×168111 LOMBARDO G 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 23 58.5kg
24 135x200x17 RANCH HAND C 3 Chris Waller 24 53kg
25 30×113 BRUCKNER C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 25 53kg
26 1x2118x364 TAILLEUR M 5 James Cummings 26 56.5kg
27 129x55x125 FITUESE M 5 John Thompson 27 56.5kg
28 x6325243x1 DEXELATION G 7 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 28 58.5kg
29 2330141111 HE’S A BALTER G 5 Will Clarken 29 58.5kg
30 11×33 GENERATION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 30 53kg
31 1×13 MINSK MOMENT C 3 Chris Waller 31 53kg
32 09x60x755x DESPATCH G 7 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 32 58.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Manikato Stakes Form Guide

The Manikato Stakes form guide has all the facts and stats on the horses in the race including the jockeys, trainers, lead-up form, age and track / distance records. Previous form at Moonee Valley is important while the spread of Manikato Stakes winning ages is wide.

The form guide also shows which barriers the hopefuls are drawn and barrier one has produced three winners from 2009-19 with Danleigh (2009), Hay List (2010) and Sepoy (2011) all saluting from the inside alley.

Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Form Facts

  • Barrier one has produced three Manikato Stakes winners from 2009 – 2021
  • In that time just one winner jumped from wider than barrier nine in the Manikato Stakes field
  • Horses that ran first or second in their lead-up have dominated the Manikato Stakes results over the past 30 years
  • Favourites in Manikato Stakes betting saluted six times from 2007-21

2021 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Manikato Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be made available for punters the week of the race.

Manikato Stakes Results

The Manikato Stakes results are known on the Friday night before Cox Plate Day in late October each spring when the event jumps as Moonee Valley Race 7. Punters can see the exact finishing order of all the starters, the margins separating each galloper, the winning time and see how much the Quinella and Trifecta exotics paid.

Manikato Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Jonker Bella Nipotina Ingratiating 1:09.36
2020 Hey Doc Trekking Dirty Work 1:08.7 (R)
2019 Loving Gaby Vital Silver Anaheed 1:09.2
2018 Brave Smash Spirit Of Valour Kementari 1:09.3
2017 Hey Doc In Her Time Malaguerra 1:09.9
2016 Rebel Dane Fell Swoop Japonisme 1:10.9
2015 Chautauqua Srikandi Rebel Dane 1:09.5
2014 Lankan Rupee Angelic Light Famous Seamus 1:10.3
2013 Buffering Lucky Nine Sessions 1:11.4
2012 Sea Siren Mental We’re Gonna Rock 1:11.3
2011 Sepoy Sister Madly More Joyous 1:11.0
2010 Hay List True Persuasion Eagle Falls 1:09.9
2009 Danleigh Phelan Ready Nicconi 1:12.5
2008 Typhoon Zed Absolut Glam Kaphero 1:10.6
2007 Gold Edition Vormista Dr Nipandtuck 1:10.6
2006 Miss Andretti Dance Hero Sassbee 1:09.2
2005 Spark Of Life Perfectly Ready Our Egyptian Raine 1:11.5
2004 Spark Of Life Yell Dilly Dally 1:13.3
2003 Spinning Hill True Glo The Big Chill 1:11.2
2002 Spinning Hill Bel Esprit Mistegic 1:10.5
2001 Piavonic Sunline Falvelon 1:12.9
2000 Sunline Honour The Name Miss Pennymoney 1:11.6