Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes

The Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes is a Group 1 sprint held at Moonee Valley on the Friday night before the Cox Plate in late October.

2018 Manikato Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



The Group 1 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes is one of the premier weight-for-age races held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Victoria during the annual Melbourne spring Racing Carnival. Named after the superb sprinter Manikato, the race offers $1 million in total prize money and is raced under the lights on the Friday night before Cox Plate Day in late October.

Run over 1200 metres, the Manikato Stakes is sponsored by Ladbrokes.com.au and attracts a star-studded field of sprinters with many coming off an earlier Moonee Valley run in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) the month before. Both Buffering (2013) and Lankan Rupee (2014) ran second in the Moir Stakes before their respective Manikato Stakes victories.

The 2018 Manikato Stakes ran on Friday October 26, 2018.

Manikato Stakes
Date: Friday October 26, 2018
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1 million

Check out the official Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order below following the immediate conclusion of the race.

2018 Manikato Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2018 odds on the field of star sprinters facing off under the lights at Moonee Valley on the Friday night before Cox Plate Day are listed below complete with links to the markets at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au so you can lock in your Manikato Stakes tips.

2018 Manikato Stakes Tips

It’s a very open betting race with several proven sprinters to choose from this year. Aidan O’Brien trained US Navy Flag ($9.00) will enjoy the inside barrier, and should improve following a disappointing first-up display in The Everest a fortnight ago on a wet track. James Cummings’ Kementari enters as the race favourite ($4.40), however the four-year old will have plenty of ground to make up from barrier 12.

Perhaps the most interesting name is the Toby Edmonds trained Houtzen at $7.00. The four-year old has drawn favourably with barrier four, and is very familiar with The Valley track. Out of I Am Invincible, Houtzen looked like she wanted a little more than the 1000m trip in the Moir Stakes a month ago, and has enjoyed a nice break in the lead up to the Manikato.

2018 Manikato Stakes Field & Barriers

The 2018 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes field and barrier draw is released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below as soon as announced.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 31270×3328 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Hugh Bowman 9 58.5kg 112
2 11130×2424 KEMENTARI James Cummings Glyn Schofield 12 58.5kg 110
3 x1670x730x MALAGUERRA Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 1 58.5kg 112
4 45×0012124 VOODOO LAD Darren Weir Mark Zahra 8 58.5kg 110
5 0812436972 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Dylan Dunn 6 58.5kg 108
6 4x828863x2 SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) Aidan O’Brien Oisin Murphy 14 58.5kg 106
7 10x70200x0 INTELLIGENCE CROSS (USA) Aidan O’Brien Emmet McNamara 5 58.5kg 102
8 10x45291x9 U S NAVY FLAG (USA) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 2 58kg 116
9 2x320130x9 FLEET REVIEW (USA) Aidan O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy 11 58kg 107
10 79x3160x25 HOUTZEN Toby Edmonds Ryan Maloney 4 56.5kg
11 41500×2514 TULIP David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 10 56.5kg 96
12 0x108661x3 SPRIGHT Garry Frazer Damien Oliver 13 56.5kg 106
13 x6x712x327 INVINCIBLE STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 7 56.5kg
14 111113×211 SUNLIGHT Tony McEvoy Tim Clark 3 51kg 100

2018 Manikato Stakes Nominations

The Manikato Stakes Nominations 2018 are released by Racing Victoria in late September and the full list of early Group 1 race entries will be available in full below.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 1213x350x ADDICTIVE NATURE H 4 Darren Weir
2 2531x66x11 BALL OF MUSCLE G 8 Joseph Pride
3 140x5620x4 BONS AWAY G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
4 2316x1474x BOOKER M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
5 x531270x33 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir
6 x1112x670x CARE TO THINK G 5 Matthew Dunn
7 35x42x123 CHARGE C 3 Chris Waller
8 3231x7644x CHAUTAUQUA G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
9 6x03122x3x COOL PASSION M 7 Tony McEvoy
10 11×2 EDUARDO G 5 Sarah Zschoke
11 0505x37x12 ELLICAZOOM M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
12 632x128x1x FAATINAH G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
13 9x680x598x FELL SWOOP G 7 Matthew Dale
14 0x05612x62 FIRST AMONG EQUALS G 7 Darren Weir
15 408x42054x FLAMBERGE G 9 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
16 92x320130x FLEET REVIEW (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
17 8192x00x00 FUHRYK M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
18 1x1230x214 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) G 7 James Cummings
19 179x3160x2 HOUTZEN M 4 Toby Edmonds
20 2x11133x24 I AM EXCITED M 4 David Pfieffer
21 3x112x139x IN HER TIME M 6 Kris Lees
22 610x70200x INTELLIGENCE CROSS (USA) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
23 1x43215x14 INVINCIBELLA M 5 Chris Waller
24 1x6x712x32 INVINCIBLE STAR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
25 2106x111x1 JUNGLE CAT (IRE) H 7 Charlie Appleby
26 2008124369 JUNGLE EDGE G 8 Mick Bell
27 12967x200x KEEN ARRAY G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
28 11130×2424 KEMENTARI H 4 James Cummings
29 x273x70x73 KEMONO (JPN) H 4 Darren Weir
30 x74232x172 LE ROMAIN G 6 Kris Lees
31 13310×15 LEAN MEAN MACHINE C 3 Chris Waller
32 x1670x730x MALAGUERRA G 7 Peter Gelagotis
33 171x1230x9 MICA LIL M 5 Mark Minervini
34 729x37820x MISSROCK M 5 Robbie Laing
35 111×241111 NATURE STRIP G 4 Darren Weir
36 1x13121x15 OSBORNE BULLS G 5 James Cummings
37 1x21x0180x PEDRENA M 5 Mick Price
38 15x579115x PERAST H 4 Paul Perry
39 1x1L0x37 PERFORMER C 3 Chris Waller
40 100x11x00x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
41 111x2124x1 REDZEL G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
42 1x6x0311x5 SANTA ANA LANE G 6 Anthony Freedman
43 71192x614x SAVANNA AMOUR M 5 Chris Meagher
44 221x81x1x3 SHOALS M 4 Anthony Freedman
45 005x05593x SO SI BON G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
46 04x828863x SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
47 111113x21x SUNLIGHT F 3 Tony McEvoy
48 12x326x121 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 5 Kris Lees
49 10x14311x3 TRAPEZE ARTIST H 4 Gerald Ryan
50 5201034x4x TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ) M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens
51 x41500x251 TULIP M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
52 110x45291x U S NAVY FLAG (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
53 11257x8x14 VEGA MAGIC G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
54 2x2411x20x VIDDORA M 6 Lloyd Kennewell
55 15x43830x4 VIRIDINE H 4 James Cummings
56 145×001212 VOODOO LAD G 7 Darren Weir
57 126x1311x1 WINTER BRIDE M 4 Toby Edmonds
58 146122×42 ZOUSAIN C 3 Chris Waller

Manikato Stakes History

Inaugurated in 1968 as the Freeway Stakes, the race became the Manikato Stakes in 1984. The event was first won by Winfreaux and then in 1979 and 1982 Manikato claimed the race as his own. Manikato went on to win the William Reid Stakes five years in a row. In a total of 49 career starts, the legendary horse managed 29 wins and 13 places. In 1984 Manikato died from an illness and was buried at the Moonee Valley racecourse.

The Manikato Stakes has produced several WS Cox Plate winners including Sunline in 2000-01, Dane Ripper in 1997, Rubiton in 1987 and Strawberry Road in 1983.

Double winners of the race include: Dual Choice in 1970-71, Tauto in 1973-74, Spinning Hill in 2002-03 and Spark Of Life in 2004-05. The fastest winning time recorded since 1980 was by Our Westminster in 1989 with 1 minute 8 seconds. The slowest winning time was by Silver Bounty in 1981 with 1 minute 17 seconds.

Recent Manikato Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Manikato Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Manikato Stakes
1st Hey Doc 1 minute 9.96 seconds
2nd In Her Time
3rd Malaguerra
2016
Manikato Stakes
1st Rebel Dane 1 minute 10.99 seconds
2nd Fell Swoop
3rd Japonisme
2015
Manikato Stakes
1st Chautauqua 1 minute 9.5 seconds
2nd Srikandi
3rd Rebel Dane
2014
Manikato Stakes
1st Lankan Rupee 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Angelic Light
3rd Famous Seamus
2013
Manikato Stakes
1st Buffering 1 minute 11.44 seconds
2nd Lucky Nine
3rd Sessions
2012
Manikato Stakes
1st Sea Siren 1 minute 11.32 seconds
2nd Mental
3rd We’re Gonna Rock
2011
Manikato Stakes
1st Sepoy 1 minute 11.08 seconds
2nd Sister Madly
3rd More Joyous
2010
Manikato Stakes
1st Hay List 1 minute 9.94 seconds
2nd True Persuasion
3rd Eagle Falls
2009
Manikato Stakes
1st Danleigh 1 minute 12.5 seconds
2nd Phelan Ready
3rd Nicconi
2008
Manikato Stakes
1st Typhoon Zed 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Absolut Glam
3rd Kaphero
2007
Manikato Stakes
1st Gold Edition 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Vormista
3rd Dr Nipandtuck
2006
Manikato Stakes
1st Miss Andretti 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Dance Hero
3rd Sassbee
2005
Manikato Stakes
1st Spark Of Life 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Perfectly Ready
3rd Our Egyptian Raine
2004
Manikato Stakes
1st Spark Of Life 1 minute 13.3 seconds
2nd Yell
3rd Dilly Dally
2003
Manikato Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd True Glo
3rd The Big Chill
2002
Manikato Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Bel Espirit
3rd Mistegic
2001
Manikato Stakes
1st Piavonic 1 minute 12.9 seconds
2nd Sunline
3rd Falvelon
2000
Manikato Stakes
1st Sunline 1 minute 11.6 seconds
2nd Honour The Name
3rd Miss Pennymoney

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