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 runs on Friday October 22, 2021.
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: TBD
- 2nd: TBD
- 3rd: TBD
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 five favourites saluting in the race from 2007 – 2020 including Lankan Rupee, 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 2021 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 ladbrokes.com.au.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 – 2020
- 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 five times from 2007-20
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
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