Manawanui Receives Big Boost in 2014 Moonga Stakes Betting

14 horses are set to compete for the 2014 Moonga Stakes title this Saturday at Caulfield Racecourse, offering punters a variety of betting options and chances to back a winner.

Manawanui is looking for a comeback in the Moonga Stakes this Saturday.

Manawanui is looking for a comeback in the Moonga Stakes this Saturday. Photo by Taron Clarke.

The Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) is one of six black type races scheduled for Caulfield Cup Day, which marks the beginning of the “Big Three” race days on the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival calendar.

There are four single figure bets available at, led by Leebaz at $4.20. However the Moonga Stakes odds has seen a lot of movement over the past 24 hours for one horse in particular – Manawanui. The market mover has seen his price slash from $9.50 all the way down to $5.50 following a strong push from the punters.

What is it about Manawanui that has the market in such a spin?

The Ron Leemon-trained gelding didn’t receive a great barrier draw, he’ll have to start near the outside from barrier 10. However he will have champion jockey Tye Angland in the saddle to help bring him home in first place.

The gelding was a strength to be reckoned with back in 2011, taking out three consecutive Group wins including the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m). He then ended his season on a win, running a close second to Helmet in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

 He was less impressive in 2013, failing to place in any of his five starts before ending the season with an 8th place in the Moonga Stakes.

After eleven months off the field, Manawanui returned in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) with an emotional victory on the back of a winning trial barrier.

Punters believe the gelding can return to his once-winning form and take home the 2014 Moonga Stakes.

However it remains a tough betting battle with three other single figure hopefuls on the field:

  • #6 Leebaz ($4.20) – the favourite (for now) will get a good start from barrier three with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle. Has placed in nine of his ten career starts including six wins. Runner-up in a barrier trial last month but hasn’t been seen on the field since placing second in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in winter.
  • #8 Generalife ($6.50) – the Godolphin gelding has drawn the widest barrier but is still available at low odds. Had an impressive winter campaign with three consecutive wins before making his debut spring start in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m), missing out on a placing by just under one length.
  • #5 Lucky Hussler ($9.50) – another wide-start runner (gate 13) but has seen support drift over the past 24 hours after lengthening from $7 to $9.50. Is a safe bet following three placings from his three spring starts.

If you’re looking for a solid outside bet, there are plenty of runners offering lucrative odds in this race who could easily steal the win.

Natalie McCall’s River Lad ($16) has already won at the highest level after taking out the Group 1 Stradbroke (1400m) over the same distance as the Moonga back in June while Final Crescendo ($26), third in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) his last time out will enjoy the inside run after drawing barrier one.

Check out the full list of 2014 Moonga Stakes odds below, there are plenty of talented horses to back in this race!

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