2011 Manikato Stakes Weights & Betting Favour Sepoy

September 27, 2011

DEPOSIT $100 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with

$200

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get

$75

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

2011 Manikato Stakes Weights & Betting Favour Sepoy

Already tipped to open odds-on favourite for the Manikato Stakes 2011 this Friday night, Peter Snowden’s champion three-year-old Sepoy further staked their claims to beat home the older horses at Moonee Valley after trialling superbly at the track on Monday morning.

Sepoy

Champion colt Sepoy looks ready to take on the older horses in the 2011 Manikato Stakes on Friday night

There were 12 horses nominated for the $500,000 Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) when early entries were taken yesterday, Elusive Quality colt Sepoy the drawcard contender for the twilight showdown.

Having won seven of their eight career starts to date, including two elite level victories in the Blue Diamond Stakes and Golden Slipper, Sepoy will go to the Manikato Stakes field third-up for the season having already taken out the Vain Stakes at Caulfield and the Group 2 Danehill Stakes down the Flemington straight.

Sepoy will be making not only their open-age debut, but also their official Moonee Valley race debut in the Manikato on Friday night.

This hasn’t stopped the bookies including our preferred Luxbet, installing Sepoy as short as $2 in the futures Manikato Stakes betting markets.

Darley’s supremo trainer Snowden is well aware of the improvement Sepoy must make to win the Manikato Stakes and defeat the likes of Gai Waterhouse’s five-time Group 1 winning mare More Joyous, the Peter Moody-trained Kulgrinda, The Galaxy winner Atomic Force and Queensland raider Buffering, but it is a task he believes the hero galloper is up for.

“It looks the best Manikato we’ve had for a while, with some seasoned sprinters at the top of their game, so we need to be better than we’ve been before and I feel he is,” Snowden said.

“We’re taking a gamble because he’s a three-year-old colt with enormous stud value and we’ve thrown him in the deep end, but you don’t do what he’s done and not be confident he’ll run competitively against older horses.

“He’s won a Blue Diamond and a Golden Slipper which tells you the ability that he has.

“I’m not frightened. I think he’s right up to these horses.”

Yesterday Snowden gave Sepoy his second look at the tight Moonee Valley track when the colt worked over 1000 metres with stablemate Bullbars, the duo recording a sharp 23.20 for the final 400 metre sectional.

“He didn’t have a gut-buster, but good enough to keep him up to the mark,” Snowden said.

“It is a track you need to have a bit of a look around.

“He got a feel of where everything is.

“He feels right at home here. Melbourne is really his home. Most of his work has been this way.

“The direction is not a problem, the track isn’t a problem and he seems to like Moonee Valley.”

One thing firmly in Sepoy’s favour for Friday night is the Manikato Stakes weights.

Under the weight-for-age conditions of the sprint showdown Sepoy will carry just 52kg with regular rider Kerrin McEvoy in the mount.

Last start in the Danehill Stakes Sepoy carted a hefty 58kg to victory and before that he had 58.5kg aboard for his impressive two and a half length Vain Stakes success over Golden Archer.

He meets his Manikato Stakes rivals, then, a minimum 4.5kg better in the weights but Snowden is still not discounting the rest of the field and has tipped More Joyous (56.5kg) as the obvious danger.

“She’s a seasoned campaigner and she’s had a lot of work,” Snowden said of the glamour mare.

“I’ve watched her in her work and she’s ticking along really well.

“Gai’s (Gai Waterhouse) got her pretty primed up for a first-up assault.”

View the complete list of 2011 Manikato Stakes nominations, weights and the current ballot order below.

Then, to back your spring betting selections at the hottest odds, sign up with Australia’s leading online bookmaker Luxbet and if you deposit between $25 and $400, and quote the promo code BONUSBET, you will be instantly rewarded with a bonus bet up to $400!

Manikato Stakes 2011 Ballot & Weights

No. Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rtg.
1 ATOMIC FORCE Darren Smith 6 58.5kg 109
2 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote 5 58.5kg 109
3 EIGHT BILLS Gary Portelli 9 58.5kg 92
4 HAPPY ZERO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 2 58.5kg 114
5 ANABAA’S LEGACY (NZ) Dean Binaisse 12 56.5kg 78
6 CURTANA Peter G Moody 7 56.5kg 100
7 KULGRINDA Peter G Moody 10 56.5kg 99
8 LADY LYNETTE David & Scott Brunton 4 56.5kg 106
9 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 3 56.5kg 122
10 RUE MAPLE Darren Weir 11 56.5kg 90
11 SISTER MADLY John Sadler 8 56.5kg 105
12 SEPOY Peter Snowden 1 52kg 111

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 Geo...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 George Moore Stakes

Heavy midweek rainfall in Brisbane has put the George Moore Stakes 2017 run of...

Horse Racing Today

Pierata heads up final field f...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emerge...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

The David Atkins trained Jonker will carry the number one saddlecloth in the...

Pierata chasing huge payday in...

Pierata chasing huge payday in 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The Greg Hickman trained three year old Pierata is in the running for a huge...

Magic Millions 2yo Classic fan...

Magic Millions 2yo Classic fancies hoping for middle of the field barriers

Connections of the two favourites for the 2018 $2m Magic Millions 2yo Classic...

Peters has 4 runners in 2017 K...

Peters has 4 runners in 2017 Kingston Town Classic

Prominent Perth owner Bob Peters has four runners to try to give him his fifth...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field