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
|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
|2016||Rebel Dane||Fell Swoop||Japonisme||1:10.9|
|2014||Lankan Rupee||Angelic Light||Famous Seamus||1:10.3|
|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|
|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|
|2000||Sunline||Honour The Name||Miss Pennymoney||1:11.6|