Manikato Stakes 2012 Nominations – 45 Sprinters Entered

Forty five horses have been nominated for the Group 1 2012 Manikato Stakes (1200m) which will take place at Moonee Valley on Friday October 26.

Tiger Tees

Tiger Tees is one of many horses chasing Group 1 honours in October's Manikato Stakes

The $750,000 event is one of the premier sprints of the spring carnival and always attracts high quality entries.

With Black Caviar and Hay List absent from the entire spring, the path has been cleared for a horse to step up chase the mantle of the nation’s best sprinter.

A number of Group 1 winners have been entered for the Manikato Stakes as well a large contingent of sprinters who are chasing their first shot at top class glory.

Notable nominations for the exciting feature sprint include:

  • Buffering (Robert Heathcote): Multiple placings behind Black Caviar and Hay List. Consistent sprinter who is a proven weight-for-age competitor.
  • Sea Siren (John O’Shea): Won the BTC Cup in the absence of Buffering before beating the Queenslander in the Doomben 10,000.
  • Rain Affair (Joe Pride): Struggled first-up in the Concorde but has always been suspect on firm tracks. Has won 11 of 16 starts and finished second twice at Group 1 level in the autumn.
  • Tiger Tees (Joe Pride): Beat his highly-rated stablemate in the Concorde Stakes and boasts a winning strike rate of 69 percent with nine from 13.
  • Temple Of Boom (Tony Gollan): Experienced sprinter who broke through at Group 1 level in the Galaxy in April.
  • Bel Sprinter (Jason Warren): Had a frustrating autumn with injury but is ultra-talented and looks to be back on track with a first-up win in the McEwen Stakes.
  • Atomic Force (Mick Price): Dual Group 1 winner who has recently being transferred to experienced Victorian trainer Mick Price to oversee his spring campaign.
  • Snitzerland (Gerald Ryan): Probably an unlikely starter but the Golden Slipper runner-up is a flying filly who has won both her spring starts to date.

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Manikato Stakes 2012 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen 79
2 ALTAR Peter Snowden 94
3 ATOMIC FORCE Mick Price 108
4 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren 106
5 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote 111
6 CELEBRITY GIRL Mark Kavanagh 92
7 CURTANA Peter G Moody 103
8 DETOURS Peter Snowden 95
9 ELITE FALLS John O’Shea 101
10 EVER THE SAME Anthony Cummings 91
11 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings 85
12 FREE WHEELING Peter Snowden 95
13 GREEN BIRDIE (NZ) Tony Vasil 106
14 HALLOWELL BELLE Gai Waterhouse 103
15 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody 110
16 KULGRINDA Peter G Moody 103
17 LADY OF HARRODS Russell Cameron 92
18 LIVEANDLETDIE Mark Kavanagh 95
19 LONE ROCK Robert Smerdon 108
20 MENTAL Peter Snowden 98
21 METALLURGICAL John P Thompson 95
23 MISS MARX David Vandyke 87
24 MOMENT OF CHANGE Peter G Moody 99
25 MORANT Damien Williams 87
26 NOBBY SNIP Gai Waterhouse
27 PAGO ROCK David Hayes 95
28 PAMPELONNE Tim Martin 105
29 PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson 89
30 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden 111
31 PLATELET Darren Weir 100
32 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride 109
33 READY TO RIP Peter G Moody 100
34 RED TRACER Chris Waller 107
35 SATIN SHOES Clarry Conners 101
36 SEA SIREN John O’Shea 111
37 SNITZEM Leon Corstens 85
38 SNITZERLAND Gerald Ryan 102
39 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan 103
40 STIRLING GROVE Richard Jolly 99
41 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan 109
42 THANKGODYOU’REHERE Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 104
43 TIGER TEES (NZ) Joseph Pride 106
44 WEALTH PRINCESS (NZ) Darren Weir 104
45 WE’RE GONNA ROCK Mark Kavanagh 107