2016 Manikato Stakes First Acceptances Feature Astern

October 5, 2016

2016 Manikato Stakes First Acceptances Feature Astern

Golden Rose winning colt Astern is one of three three-year-olds among the 22 Manikato Stakes first acceptances for 2016 taken by Racing Victoria (RV) this week.

Astern

Astern is one of three three-year-olds among the 2016 Manikato Stakes first acceptances this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Photo: Steve Hart.

Held on the eve of Cox Plate Day under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Friday October 21, this year’s $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) went through the latest stage of declarations on Tuesday as did the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.

A trio of youngsters are out to stop the older champions in the weight-for-age clash this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival for the first time since Sepoy (2011) with the John O’Shea-trained Astern, the autumn’s Golden Slipper winner Capitalist and his undefeated stablemate Russian Revolution.

Last year’s Manikato Stakes winner Chautauqua returned to racing last Friday nights and was defeated in a shock result crossing fourth as the beaten favourite behind Mick Price’s gun three-year-old sprinter Extreme Choice.

Despite the loss, the Team Hawkes-trained super star remains favourite in pre-field Manikato Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.60 to go back-to-back in the classic and add to his impressive $6.5 million in prize money to date.

Godolphin’s Medaglia D’Oro colt Astern is the second best fancied first acceptor in the all-in Manikato Stakes odds at a quote of $5.50 to hand O’Shea his second win after the success of Sea Siren (2012).

Astern has won five of his seven starts to date including the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) by an impressive 2.3 lengths two back.

He was defeated last Saturday at Royal Randwick however when narrow runner-up to the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Russian Revolution in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m).

Co-trainer Peter Snowden confirmed after the Epsom Day win, which took the record of Snitzel colt Russian Revolution to four wins from four career starts, the team were looking at a VRC Derby Day run in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on October 29 at Flemington.

He is still listed as a $17 hope to take out the Manikato Stakes a month earlier.

Snowden prepared then three-year-old Sepoy for his Manikato Stakes success and also has Capitalist in the first acceptances this season.

Winner of the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) as a two-year-old, the Written Tycoon colt was last seen running third to his stablemate in the Roman Consul Stakes and pays $13 in the pre-first acceptance Manikato markets.

The other top fancies are the Darren Weir-trained Lucky Hussler ($9) who has winning Group 1 form at the track / distance, Robert Heathcote’s Moonee Valley specialist Buffering ($13) who took out the 2013 Manikato Stakes and Price’s 2014 winner Lankan Rupee ($13).

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott have also paid the first declaration fee for All Aged Stakes winner English who, along with the Lindsay Park-trained Sheidel, are the only two mares still in the mix.

Last Sunday’s Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) winner The Quarterback, Kiwi miler Turn Me Loose and veteran eight-year-old Sydney sprinter Our Boy Malachi are also among the first acceptors.

The 2016 Manikato Stakes final acceptances close on October 18 at 8:30am (AEDT).

See below for the latest entries and then head to Ladbrokes.com.au for access to the top all-in betting markets on all the upcoming Group 1 spring features.

2016 Manikato Stakes First Declarations

Moonee Valley Racecourse – 21/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 15411x10x5 BUFFERING G 9 Robert Heathcote 1 58.5kg
2 112x1311x4 CHAUTAUQUA G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 2 58.5kg
3 213x169x3x LANKAN RUPEE G 7 Mick Price 3 58.5kg
4 1x1121x43 CAPITALIST C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 4 53kg
5 6136x129x7 LUCKY HUSSLER G 7 Darren Weir 5 58.5kg
6 64x321x245 UNDER THE LOUVRE H 6 Robert Smerdon 6 58.5kg
7 54094×2367 REBEL DANE H 7 Gary Portelli 7 58.5kg
8 26x1631x54 ENGLISH M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 8 56.5kg
9 2617x1100x FLAMBERGE G 7 Darren Weir 9 58.5kg
10 2111x4160x TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 10 58.5kg
11 1x361539x1 THE QUARTERBACK G 6 Robbie Griffiths 11 58.5kg
12 1x35313x60 JAPONISME G 4 Chris Waller 12 58.5kg
13 1x101x112 ASTERN C 3 John O’Shea 13 53kg
14 11x242156x FELL SWOOP G 5 Matthew Dale 14 58.5kg
15 13x73525x4 DOTHRAKI G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 15 58.5kg
16 x130x154x2 OUR BOY MALACHI G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 16 58.5kg
17 21x1512x7x HOLLER H 4 John O’Shea 17 58.5kg
18 112x083x21 KEEN ARRAY G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 18 58.5kg
19 346x115x16 FAATINAH G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 19 58.5kg
20 1111 RUSSIAN REVOLUTION C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 20 53kg
21 1x34127x42 SHEIDEL M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 21 56.5kg
22 2115x17x35 O’MALLEY G 6 Enver Jusufovic 22 58.5kg

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