Twenty-three sprinters remain in contention for the 2012 Manikato Stakes under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Friday October 26 after first acceptances for the Cox Plate Carnival feature were taken by Racing Victoria today.
There were originally 45 nominees for the $750,000 Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) this year, that number cut to 23.
Early favourite in the Manikato Stakes odds at bookmaker.com.au is the Rob Heathcote-trained Buffering who is out to cash in on the absence of star sprinters Black Caviar and Hay List from this year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The multiple Group 1 minor placegetter enjoyed a nice start to the spring with a first-up win in the Group 2 AJ Moir Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, Buffering to step out next this Saturday in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield.
Two fillies then following Buffering in the Manikato Stakes betting markets with John O’Shea’s BTC Cup – Doomben 10,000 double winner Sea Siren yet to step out as a four-year-old, and Snitzerland.
Gerald Ryan’s classy Snitzel filly Snitzerland, runner-up to Cox Plate favourite Pierro in the Golden Slipper last season, is unbeaten this time in with three straight wins the most recent of which was in the Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m).
She shoots for number four this weekend on Caulfield Guineas Day in the Blue Sapphire.
Other top fancies still in contention after 2012 Manikato Stakes first declarations include:
- Hallowell Belle (Gai Waterhouse) – Smart Starcraft mare resumed over the weekend with a first-up win in the Group 2 Gilgai Sakes at Flemington
- Pampelonne (Tim Martin) – fist-up winner of the Group 2 The Shorts at Randwick, will take Buffering on in the Schillaci this weekend
- Ready To Rip (Peter Moody) – Former Queensland galloper has been in flying form for Moody in Melbourne since the winter with two wins and two minor placings from four starts most recently beaten just a long neck by Buffering in the AJ Moir Stakes
- We’re Gonna Rock (Mark Kavanagh) – Consistent Fastnet Rock gelding last seen running second to Moment Of Change (now out for the season) in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m)
Meanwhile notable defectors from the Manikato Stakes today include Peter Moody’s nice mare King’s Rose, the Peter Snowden-trained Pinwheel and former Group 1 winner Atomic Force.
The 2012 Manikato Stakes final field of acceptances is now due for release on October 23.
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2012 Manikato Stakes First Acceptances
Moonee Valley – 26/10/2012
|3||BEL SPRINTER||Jason Warren||106|
|5||GREEN BIRDIE (NZ)||Tony Vasil||106|
|6||HALLOWELL BELLE||Gai Waterhouse||103|
|7||LONE ROCK||Robert Smerdon||108|
|9||MID SUMMER MUSIC||Peter G Moody||–|
|10||MISS MARX||David Vandyke||87|
|12||READY TO RIP||Peter G Moody||100|
|13||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||107|
|14||SATIN SHOES||Clarry Conners||101|
|15||SEA SIREN||John O’Shea||111|
|18||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||103|
|19||STIRLING GROVE||Richard Jolly||99|
|20||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||109|
|21||THANKGODYOU’REHERE||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||104|
|22||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride||106|
|23||WE’RE GONNA ROCK||Mark Kavanagh||107|