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.

2020 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 winner Brave Smash also improved on a lead-up second in the Moir Stakes before his victory, but placed eighth in Sydney’s The Everest in between the two Group 1 sprints at The Valley.

The 2020 Manikato Stakes runs on Friday October 23, 2020. 

Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes
Date: Friday October 23, 2020
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1 million

2020 Manikato Stakes Results

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

Check out the official Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2020 Results & Finishing Order below once the $1 million sprint takes place at The Valley on the eve of Cox Plate Day.

2020 Manikato Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2020 odds on the field of star sprinters facing off under the lights at Moonee Valley on the Friday night before Cox Plate Day will be listed below complete with links to the markets at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au so you can lock in your Manikato Stakes tips as soon as betting opens.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2020 MANIKATO STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2020 Manikato Stakes Tips

Top Manikato Stakes betting tips include looking for Group 1 performers with previous experience at the tight Moonee Valley circuit, backing the Moir Stakes graduates from earlier in the season and looking for horses that have finished in the money in the Manikato Stakes results from previous years.

Best Roughie: #9 Bella Vella ($14) – BET NOW

Drawn wide, but not a bad thing in a field of 11 at this tight track that she boasts outstanding form at in the past. Fit third-up after winning here fresh and then running under a length back third in the Group 1 Moir. Faces the two that beat her that night again over more distance, but think she could present a danger at odds.

2020 Manikato Stakes Field & Barriers

2020 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Field Dates

  • 2020 Manikato Stakes Nominations: Taken on Tuesday October 22 featuring 56 sprinters
  • 2020 Manikato Stakes First Acceptances: Closed on Tuesday October 6, 2020 leaving 34 hopefuls
  • 2020 Manikato Stakes Final Field: Announced at 8:30am on Tuesday October 20, 2020 revealing a final field of 11 sprinters

The Manikato Stakes field attracts a star-studded line-up of spring sprinters, many of which are proven Group 1 performers. Horses that contested Sydney’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) during the autumn often target the Manikato Stakes in the spring.

A key lead-up race into the Manikato Stakes field is Flemington’s Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) with Chautauqua (2015) recently completing the double.

Following a run in the Manikato Stakes field horses may target the Group 1 VRC Classic (1200m) down the Flemington straight over the Melbourne Cup Carnival, a race the 2015 Manikato winner Chautauqua ran second in.

The 2020 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.

The Manikato Stakes 2020 field features 11 sprinters including the Group 1 Moir Stakes trifecta of Pippie, Trekking and Bella Vella all engaged to do battle at The Valley again.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the 2020 Manikato Stakes field & odds. 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 24x7219x24 TREKKING James Cummings John Allen 7 58.5kg 115
2 58x3129x84 HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 6 58.5kg 111
3 27x33580x4 KEMENTARI James Cummings Craig Williams 5 58.5kg 109
4 331911×565 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Kerrin McEvoy 9 58.5kg 104
5 27x1153x37 ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 11 58.5kg 103
6 548111×341 DIRTY WORK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 3 58.5kg 106
7 x24423x264 LYRE Anthony & Sam Freedman James McDonald 4 56.5kg 102
8 1102x146x1 PIPPIE John & Chris Meagher Damian Lane 1 56.5kg 112
9 152x111x13 BELLA VELLA Will Clarken Jamie Kah 10 56.5kg 105
10 0x1111x152 DIAMOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Ben Melham 2 56.5kg 104
11 55x535x134 BROOKLYN HUSTLE Jason Warren & Dean Krongold Mark Zahra 8 56.5kg 96
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Manikato Stakes First Acceptances

The Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2020 First Acceptances are taken in early October and the latest declarations for the Group 1 sprint at Moonee Valley will be published below once announced.

The 2020 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes first acceptances feature 34 hopefuls including Chris Waller’s recently crowned Australian Racecourse of the Year Nature Strip, spruik three-year-old Anders and brilliant Premiere Stakes winning mare Libertini.

2020 Manikato Stakes Nominations

The Manikato Stakes Nominations 2020 are released by Racing Victoria in late September and the full list of early Group 1 race entries will be available in full below.

The 2020 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes nominations drew 56 sprinters including McEwen Stakes winner Bella Vella, gun filly Away Game, her classy fellow three-year-old stablemate Anders and the Godolphin-raced star Trekking.

Click here to view the full Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2020 nominated horses.

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
2020
Manikato Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2019
Manikato Stakes
1st Loving Gaby 1 minute 9:29 seconds
2nd Vital Silver
3rd Anaheed
2018
Manikato Stakes
1st Brave Smash 1 minute 9.36 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Valor
3rd Kementari
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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