Chautauqua Tops 2016 Manikato Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

Champion sprinter Chautauqua is the short-priced favourite of the 11 horses making up the Manikato Stakes 2016 field after drawing barrier one for the Moonee Valley showdown on Friday evening.


Chautauqua is well-fancied to defend his Manikato Stakes title after drawing barrier one for the Moonee Valley Group 1 on Friday night. Photo: Steve Hart.

The major on the Cox Plate Eve program under the lights, this year’s $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) is shaping up as the Team Hawkes-trained Chautauqua’s for the taking according to early markets.

Following the release of the Manikato Stakes field and barriers, the updated odds at have Encosta De Lago six-year-old Chautauqua as the $2.25 favourite to successfully defend his title.

Looking to go back-to-back in the weight-for-age sprint for the first time since Spark Of Life (2004-05), Chautauqua has Dwayne Dunn aboard on Friday night.

Dunn rode the gelding first-up at the track on September 30 when he ran fourth to gun three-year-old Extreme Choice as the beaten favourite in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m).

He is out to atone this weekend and become the fourth Manikato Stakes winner in eight years to win from barrier one.

The gallant grey is set to improve second-up over his pet distance (15-7-6-1), with the next best in Manikato Stakes betting being Capitalist ($5.50).

Youth trumped experience in the Moir Stakes and this weekend the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Capitalist is looking to secure a Group 1 at the Valley for the three-year-olds again.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden won the race in 2011 with star colt Sepoy and hopes to do it in partnership with his son this season with Written Tycoon youngster Capitalist.

Best known for his Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) win in Sydney over subsequent dual Group 1 winning filly Yankee Rose, Capitalist was last seen running third to Russian Revolution at Randwick in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) on October 1.

He is yet to race in Melbourne so how he handles his first go the Victorian way and the tight Moonee Valley circuit will be key to his chances of beating Chautauqua this Friday night.

The last of the single-figure fancies in the Manikato Stakes markets at $9 is the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained English.

Jumping from a wider gate nine draw with Sam Clipperton in the saddle, the four-year-old Encosta De Lago mare chases her second elite level success.

At the end of the autumn she beat home Black Heart Bart, who runs in the Cox Plate on Saturday, in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney.

She’s had two runs also in Sydney this time in and is another visitor debuting in Melbourne in the Manikato.

In the past decade three mares have been successful in the Manikato Stakes, most recent Sea Siren (2012), but no winner has come off a Sydney run since Typhoon Zed (2008).

Along with Chautauqua the other previous Manikato Stakes winner in the field this season is the Robert Heathcote-trained veteran Buffering.

The Brisbane-based, internationally-performed $7.3 million earner won the race in 2013 and contested the past five editions of the race.

He ran fifth last year on the back of a Moir Stakes success, and this year he ran fifth in the Moir Stakes beaten 3.2 lengths.

The now nine-year-old son of Mossman jumps from barrier two, the gate that produced Chautauqua for his success 12 months ago, and is out to be the first of his age to take out the feature in over 30 years.

See below for the full Manikato Stakes 2016 field, barriers and jockeys before heading to for access to all the season’s top markets plus up to $700 in bonus match bets as a first-time depositing player (excluding NSW) with use of the code SPRINGBONUS.

2016 Manikato Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Moonee Valley Racecourse – 21/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 15411x10x5 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 2 58.5kg 115
2 112x1311x4 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 1 58.5kg 118
3 6136x129x7 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 10 58.5kg 113
4 64x321x245 UNDER THE LOUVRE Robert Smerdon Chris Parnham 5 58.5kg 110
5 54094×2367 REBEL DANE Gary Portelli Ben Melham 4 58.5kg 105
6 1x361539x1 THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 11 58.5kg 110
7 1x35313x60 JAPONISME Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 8 58.5kg 109
8 1x242156x3 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Hugh Bowman 3 58.5kg 108
9 21x1512x7x HOLLER John O’Shea James McDonald 7 58.5kg 111
10 26x1631x54 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 9 56.5kg 111
11 1x1121x43 CAPITALIST Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 6 53kg 104


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