Tonight the 2014 Manikato Stakes will run at Moonee Valley Racecourse with a classy field of horses vying for the $1 million prize pool.
12 of the country’s best sprinters will contest the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) running as Moonee Valley Race 7 at 9:45pm (AEDT) Friday night.
The latest Manikato Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by Lankan Rupee at $3.70 with Terravista hot on his heels at $3.90, having eased from $3.20.
The Mick Price-trained Lankan Rupee drew wide in barrier nine and while jockey Craig Newitt was disappointed, punters haven’t shied away.
The reigning Horse Of The Year suffered from a quartercrack in his off-fore hoof and hasn’t been seen on the course in four weeks, but is back in perfect form looking for his first win of the season after missing out by just a neck in both the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) and Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m), both at Moonee Valley.
Terravista has yet to win a Group 1 race but that hasn’t stopped the five-year-old gelding from contesting favouritism for the $1 million feature race.
The Joseph Pride-trained gelding is in-form following back-to-back wins in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) and Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) but will he be able to hold his own against the quality on the Manikato Stakes 2014 field?
That’s who the bookies are backing to win the 2014 Manikato Stakes but what does the race’s history have to say about the matter?
See below for all the form facts and betting stats you’d ever need to know about the Moonee Valley feature race on Friday night. You’ll be able to make the most-informed bets at Ladbrokes.com.au after delving into this!
2014 Manikato Stakes Form Facts & Betting Stats
- Last year’s Manikato Stakes winner was the Robert Heathcote-trained Buffering who jumped from barrier 10 (of 12) and was ridden by Damian Browne
- Buffering returns to defend his title this year in the more desirable gate four (of 12) with Damian Browne in the saddle once again
- #4 Moment Of Change will start from the barrier Buffering won in last year (10) and is a $19 chance to win
- The 1200m distance at Moonee Valley can be hard to win from a wide gate but the Manikato Stakes has a good record for winners off wide draws
- 12 winners have started from barrier 10 or wider in the last 30 years with gate 10 and 11 the most successful barriers in that time with five winners apiece
- That is good news for Moment Of Change and Bounding
- The next most successful gates then are 1 (#9 Not Listenin’tome), 4 (#1 Buffering), and 6 (#12 Angelic Light) having all brought four winners home since 1983
- No winners have won from 2 (#8 Iconic), 3 (#5 Rebel Dane), 5 (#6 Famous Seamus), or 9 (#2 Lankan Rupee) since 1983
- #2 Lankan Rupee could break that spell for gate nine tonight considering he is the $3.70 favourite
- Lee Freedman is the most successful trainer with 3 win and 3 second placings from 17 starts while Damien Oliver is the most successful jockey with 2 wins, 4 seconds, and 4 third placings from his 16 starts
- This year Damien Oliver will ride #12 Angelic Light ($11)
- The Group 3 McEwan Stakes (1000m) is the best guide for the Manikato in recent years with three winners coming from the Moonee Valley race two weeks earlier
- Two of those three completed the double, Hay List in 2008 and Miss Andretti in 2006
- #2 Lankan Rupee (runner-up) and #12 Angelic Light (winner) are both coming from the McEwan Stakes
- In the past 10 years just half of the favourites have won the Manikato which means Lankan Rupee ($3.70) could go either way
- Since 2000 the Manikato Stakes has been a haven for mares, with seven winners in that time
- #10 Platelet, #11 Bounding, and #12 Angelic Light are the three mares in this year’s race
- The horse with the highest Win Rate is #7 Terravista (73%) followed by #11 Bounding (58%) and #2 Lankan Rupee (50%)
- Many of the other horses have great Place Rates too including #9 Not Listen’tome (86%), #7 Terravista (82%), Platelet (82%), Lankan Rupee (78%), and Buffering (77%)
- Only one horse has a place rate less than 50%
- Buffering by far boasts the best record over the distance (28:11-6-5) followed by Platelet (12:6-3-0), Bounding (8:4-4-0), and Famous Seamus (15:5-1-3)
- Buffering also boasts the best track record (8:4-1-1) followed by Angelic Light (6-3-1-1) and Lankan Rupee (4:1-2-1)
Keep your eye on Races.com.au for our insider 2014 Manikato Stakes betting tips.
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