The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Chautauqua is set to jump at an odds-on price in 2015 Manikato Stakes betting in Melbourne this Friday night at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
The $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) features a final field of 10 runners this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au firmly led by Encosta De Lago grey Chautauqua.
The five-year-old pays $1.95, but can be had at Best Tote or SP + 20% only at Ladbrokes on Friday night!
He has Tommy Berry taking over for Dwayne Dunn in the saddle, Berry last aboard the galloper for a third in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick back on April 18.
Before that Berry and Chautauqua combined over 1200m at the same track a fortnight earlier to take out the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m), and this time in the horse has racked up another two victories.
First-up he flew home at Moonee Valley to post his first win at his first look at the track he returns to this weekend to beat home Flamberge in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m).
He then stepped up to 1200m and continued his ace record over the distance making it four wins and five seconds from 10 starts in the Group 1 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 4.
Berry is yet to ride a Manikato Stakes winner, but the favourites have a top recent record in the showdown with three winning in the past five years including Lankan Rupee 12 months ago.
There are three other single figure hopes after an upset over Chautauqua in the Manikato Stakes odds including $5.50 second elect Terravista drawn one on the favourite’s inside with the inside alley.
Barrier one produced three straight Manikato Stakes winners with Danleigh (2009), Hay List (2010) and Sepoy (2011) in recent years, with the Joe Pride-trained Sydney raider Terravista out to be the next from the inside alley this spring.
The super-consistent Captain Rio six-year-old has won 10 of his 17 career starts including five from eight over Friday night’s distance and was last seen beating home Rebel Dane in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on October 3.
The last Manikato Stakes winner to come off a final lead-up run in Sydney was Typhoon Zed (2008) who won the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) before his Melbourne Group 1 success seven years ago.
Rounding out the hopes under $10 for the Manikato win are the Ciaron Maher-trained mare Srikandi ($6.50) in the outside barrier 10 draw for jockey Kerrin McEvoy to overcome and 2013 winner of the race Buffering ($8) for Brisbane’s Robert Heathcote.
A five-year-old daughter of Dubawi, Srikandi won the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) – Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) double in Queensland during the winter and is first-up this weekend.
She has a good record when resuming of two wins and a second from three first-up starts and has won five of her six previous runs over the Manikato Stakes distance.
Buffering meanwhile is a Manikato Stakes veteran having contested the past four editions of the sprint classic.
The now eight-year-old son of Mossman was fourth to Sepoy in 2011, sixth to Sea Siren in 2012, won in 2013 and crossed seventh to Lankan Rupee last year.
He comes off his third Moir Stakes win, another Group 1 run at Moonee Valley, and has won five of his 10 runs at the course leading into this year’s Manikato Stakes.
The next best fancied in the markets at longer quotes include the Gary Portelli-trained Rebel Dane ($11) who has run third once from his four previous runs at the track and Robert Smerdon’s last start Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) winning four-year-old mare Alpha Miss ($13).
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