Samaready Heads 2013 Manikato Stakes First Acceptances

Just 21 sprinters are still in the mix for the Manikato Stakes 2013 on the eve of Cox Plate Day after first acceptances for the Moonee Valley feature closed today.

Samaready

Moir Stakes winner Samaready is current favourite of the 21 Manikato Stakes first acceptances. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Down from 60 at nomination stage, the 21 hopefuls heading towards a run in the $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) on Friday night October 25 are now led by Samaready.

Mick Price’s More Than Ready mare earned top spot in the latest Manikato Stakes odds after retaining her undefeated status this time in with a quality win over perennial Group 1 bridesmaid Buffering in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 27.

Moir Stakes runner-up Buffering was also among the Manikato Stakes first acceptances, Rob Heathcote’s always-hones Queenslander more desperate than ever to break their Group 1 hoodoo.

Over the years the now six-year-old son of Mossman has run in 17 Group 1 races and finished top three in a frustrating 10 of those.

Buffering has run in the past two Manikato Stakes finishing fourth to Sepoy in 2011 and sixth to Sea Siren 12 months ago, connections hoping it will be third time lucky.

Also representing the sunshine state in the Manikato Stakes first declarations this year is the Tony Gollan-trained Temple Of Boom.

An unlikely final acceptor who the bookies are taking no chances with sitting on the second line of Manikato Stakes betting meanwhile is the Chris Waller-trained star three-year-old sprinter Zoustar.

Winner of the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) two back, Zoustar repaid the loyalty of veteran hoop Jim Cassidy who stayed in Sydney last weekend to partner with them by winning the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) by a blistering four and a half lengths.

They are now the hot tip for the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, November 2, with connections also keeping the Manikato on the cards.

The other big name first acceptances taken for the Manikato then include star Hong Kong sprinter Lucky Nine who will make their Australian debut in the race, Bel Sprinter who ran second to Lucky Nine in the Group 1 Krisflyer International Sprint in Singapore back in May and last start Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Rebel Dane.

Notable non-first acceptors for the Manikato meanwhile included Snitzerland and the Peter Snowden-trained Epaulette who finished a disappointing eighth and seventh respectively in the Moir Stakes last start.

The Manikato Stakes 2013 final field of acceptances is now due for release on October 22.

In the meantime why not check out the juicy futures markets open on all the Melbourne Group 1’s as well as get Double The Odds on the Caulfield Guineas this Saturday online at Ladbrokes.com.au!

2013 Manikato Stakes First Declarations

Moonee Valley Racecourse – 25/10/2013

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ALBRECHT Peter Snowden 98
2 ARINOSA Chris Waller 105
3 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren 110
4 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote 112
5 CATKINS Chris Waller 101
6 DIAMOND EARTH Anthony Cummings 84
7 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings 104
8 LE BONSIR Mick Price 99
9 LUCKY NINE (IRE) Caspar Fownes 118
10 MOMENT OF CHANGE Peter G Moody 108
11 PAGO ROCK David Hayes 102
12 PLATELET Darren Weir 110
13 REBEL DANE Gary Portelli 105
14 RED TRACER Chris Waller 112
15 SAMAREADY Mick Price 106
16 SESSIONS Peter Snowden 102
17 SHAMAL WIND Robert Smerdon 96
18 SHAMEXPRESS (NZ) Danny O’Brien 107
19 SNITZEM Leon Corstens 93
20 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan
21 ZOUSTAR Chris Waller 105