Manikato Stakes 2016

Friday 21st October 2016

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

The 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 year the Manikato Stakes will be run on Friday 21st October 2016.

Manikato Stakes Field

The Manikato Stakes field has a capacity of 14 starters and has been run at that capacity seven times since 1983 most recently in 2008 when Typhoon Zed saluted. Twice since 2009 the race field has attracted under double figures with just eight lining up in both 2010 and 2011. The 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.

The 2016 Manikato Stakes Field can be seen below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 15411x10x5 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 2 58.5kg 115
2 112x1311x4 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 1 58.5kg 118
3 6136x129x7 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 10 58.5kg 113
4 64x321x245 UNDER THE LOUVRE Robert Smerdon Chris Parnham 5 58.5kg 110
5 54094×2367 REBEL DANE Gary Portelli Ben Melham 4 58.5kg 105
6 1x361539x1 THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 11 58.5kg 110
7 1x35313x60 JAPONISME Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 8 58.5kg 109
8 1x242156x3 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Hugh Bowman 3 58.5kg 108
9 21x1512x7x HOLLER John O’Shea James McDonald 7 58.5kg 111
10 26x1631x54 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 9 56.5kg 111
11 1x1121x43 CAPITALIST Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 6 53kg 104

Manikato Stakes Betting & Odds

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 both ran second in the Moir Stakes in their final lead-up with Buffering (2013) and Lankan Rupee (2014). Horses at the top of the Manikato Stakes markets have recently fared well on race night with five favourites saluting in the race in the past 10 years including Lankan Rupee.

Manikato Stakes Tips

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.

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 since 2009 with Danleigh (2009), Hay List (2010) and Sepoy (2011) all saluting from the inside alley.

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.

2016 Manikato Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 5 REBEL DANE Gary Portelli Ben Melham 4 58.5kg $61
2 8 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Hugh Bowman 0.2L 3 58.5kg $7.50
3 7 JAPONISME Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1.2L 7 58.5kg $16
4 6 THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 1.3L 10 58.5kg $16
5 4 UNDER THE LOUVRE Robert Smerdon Chris Parnham 1.8L 5 58.5kg $19
6 1 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 1.9L 2 58.5kg $9
7 10 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Mark Zahra 2L 8 56.5kg $12
7 2 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 2L 1 58.5kg $2.45F
9 3 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 3.5L 9 58.5kg $16
10 9 HOLLER John O’Shea James McDonald 3.6L 6 58.5kg $9.50

Manikato Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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