2015 Manikato Stakes Nominations Feature Lankan Rupee

The $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) runs at Moonee Valley Racecourse this spring under the lights on Friday October 23, the night before Cox Plate Day 2015, and nominations are now out for the classic led by defending champion Lankan Rupee.

Lankan Rupee

Defending Manikato Stakes winner Lankan Rupee is the headline nominee for the 2015 edition this spring at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

After a nice trial win at Cranbourne on Monday over 800m, Mick Price’s Redoute’s Choice six-year-old Lankan Rupee looks on track to go back-to-back in the Manikato Stakes following his narrow victory over Angelic Light in the sprint showdown last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

A total of 55 sprinters make up the Manikato Stakes nominations this year, 11 more than in 2014, for the weight-for-age event that heads the night line-up at the Valley on the eve of the Cox Plate each year.

If successful, Lankan Rupee will join Spark Of Life (2004-05) and Spinning Hill (2002-03) as the most recent dual Manikato Stakes winners.

The other headline Manikato Stakes entry in 2015 is the Joe Pride-trained Terravista who along with Lankan Rupee is one of 14 individual Group 1 winners in the mix.

Captain Rio six-year-old Terravista is out to become the second of his age in three years to win after the success of Buffering (2013) for Brisbane’s Robert Heathcote two years ago.

Terravista ran fifth in the Manikato last year before improving next time out to beat home Chautauqua in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, nominations for which also closed today for 2015.

His autumn included back-to-back Group 1 thirds behind Brazen Beau and Chautauqua respectively in Melbourne’s Newmarket Handicap and the TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney before a disappointing 12th when beating home just one other runner in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) last time out at Randwick.

He won a trial at Warwick Farm on September 11 however and looks on track for the Manikato that has attracted a host of other stars at nomination stage including the aforementioned 2013 winner Buffering and the Hawkes Racing-trained star grey Chautauqua.

Buffering is now an eight-year-old son of Mossman, no eight-year-old saluting in the Manikato in over 30 years.

His latest turf triumph was in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) at this track and distance last September before a failed seventh when unsuccessfully defending his Manikato title.

Buffering travelled internationally after a Darley Classic fourth last spring – summer season and was last seen ridden by Damian Browne into sixth to Aerovelocioty in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin in mid-December.

Encosta De Lago five-year-old Chautauqua meanwhile has an ace record in Group 1 company with four top three runs from four starts in elite level company going back to his Darley Classic second last November.

He was also second past the post in the Newmarket Handicap back in mid-March before winning the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in Sydney and running third in the All Aged Stakes on April 18.

His latest run was a first-up victory at Moonee Valley in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) from a wide gate on September 5 with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.

Other notable Manikato Stakes nominees include the Gary Portelli-trained Rebel Dane last seen winning the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) in Sydney, Singapore raider Super One, Stradbroke Handicap – Tattersall’s Tiara double winning mare from the winter in Queensland Srikandi and last year’s brave runner-up Angelic Light.

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2015 Manikato Stakes Nominations

Moonee Valley Racecourse – 23/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 119x4348x4 AFLEET ESPRIT M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2 x4130x424x ALPHA MISS M 4 Robert Smerdon
3 2x31425x7x ANGELIC LIGHT M 6 Robbie Griffiths
4 121x221x32 BALL OF MUSCLE G 5 Joseph Pride
5 x12x202x13 BOUNDING M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
6 8740x2497x BRING ME THE MAID M 4 Peter G Moody
7 31x08x171x BROOK ROAD M 5 Kris Lees
8 7333x1746x BUFFERING G 8 Robert Heathcote
9 620x565x89 BULL POINT H 5 Tony McEvoy
10 x1121226x1 CATKINS M 6 Chris Waller
11 112x1213x1 CHAUTAUQUA G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
12 0x3041x211 CHURCHILL DANCER G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
13 x22x1447x1 COUNTERATTACK C 3 Chris Waller
14 2111x120x2 CRAFTINESS G 5 Joseph Pride
15 2x207139x6 DELECTATION G 4 Chris Waller
16 11122x24x1 DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
17 7x110x11 EXOSPHERE C 3 John O’Shea
18 136x5979x5 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) G 7 Noel Mayfield-Smith
19 x334645x55 FAST ’N’ ROCKING G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
20 643x2301x2 FLAMBERGE G 6 Peter G Moody
21 1x2261x3 FURNACES C 3 John O’Shea
22 0110x20x09 GALAXY PEGASUS H 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
23 3324x1533x GENERALIFE G 6 John O’Shea
24 26x7820x88 GIRL GUIDE M 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
25 50x2326x73 GREGERS M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
26 x4132x9932 GRIANTE M 5 David Brideoake
27 1135×79 HEADWATER C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
28 89x70315x4 HOT SNITZEL G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden
29 325×11114 JAPONISME G 3 Chris Waller
30 50x464240x KNOYDART G 6 John O’Shea
31 13x32813x8 KURO (NZ) H 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
32 x2213x169x LANKAN RUPEE G 6 Mick Price
33 76x520x31x LE BONSIR G 8 Mick Price
34 377×122813 MISS PROMISCUITY M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
35 24x1x MOGADOR C 3 John O’Shea
36 530x31131x NICOSCENE H 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
37 1x4291x37 OTTOMAN F 3 John O’Shea
38 1×3 PAINTED FIRETAIL F 3 John O’Shea
39 111×25 PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller
40 x3x745746x RAIN AFFAIR G 8 Daniel Bowman
41 x3347x60x1 REBEL DANE H 6 Gary Portelli
42 3x11127x26 RICH ENUFF H 4 Ken Keys
43 1421x827x5 ROCK STURDY H 5 Joseph Pride
44 446x10x24x SARAJEVO G 4 John O’Shea
45 2x355x1133 SEBRING SUN C 3 Gary Portelli
46 1215×11113 SHIRAZ G 6 Tony McEvoy
47 2x6x71 SOOBOOG C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
48 113x18611x SRIKANDI M 5 Ciaron Maher
49 60007560×9 STERLING CITY G 7 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
50 111x1x SUPER ONE C 3 Michael Freedman
51 13x178x310 TAWTEEN M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
52 x1151x330x TERRAVISTA G 6 Joseph Pride
53 4x11x13x21 THE MESSINA NYMPH M 5 Tony McEvoy
54 37x112x80x TIGER TEES (NZ) G 8 Joseph Pride
55 11x13139x0 WAWAIL M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig


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