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The $2 million Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes is a Group 1 sprint held at Moonee Valley and currently takes place on Cox Plate in late October.
2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Results
- 1st: #6 Imperatriz
- 2nd: #7 I Am Me
- 3rd: #3 Uncommon James
Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes News
- 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Field & Betting: Imperatriz Odds-On Favourite To Beat Six Rivals
- Manikato Over Everest For Moir Stakes 2023 Winner Imperatriz
- McEwen Stakes 2023 Results: Imperatriz Wins Ahead of Moonee Valley Group 1s
- 2022 Manikato Stakes Results: Bella Nipotina Wins by Over 4 Lengths
- 2022 Manikato Stakes Runs as Race 11 on Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley
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 $2 million in total prize money as of 2022.
The race often takes place under the lights at The Valley on the Friday night prior to the Cox Plate.
In 2023 the Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes will run on Cox Plate Day on a Saturday 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.
Imperatriz (2023) was the last sprinter to complete the Moir Stakes – Manikato Stakes double when the star mare made it four straight victories at the track.
The 2021 Manikato Stakes form was franked with the runner-up Bella Nipotina running third next-up in the VRC Sprint Classic behind Nature Strip.
Bella Nipotina ran second in the Moir Stakes in 2022, and she went on to demolish her rivals in the rescheduled Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes winning by over four lengths on Cox Plate Day.
The Manikato form was again franked by the 2022 winner Bella Nipotina who went on to place in a host of subsequent events including running third the following April in the inaugural $4 million The Quokka race in WA.
The 2023 Manikato Stakes ran on Saturday October 28, 2023 at Moonee Valley Racecourse as part of Cox Plate Day and was won by Mark Walker’s ‘Queen of The Valley’, Imperatriz ($1.40F) saluting by over three lengths.
|Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday October 28, 2023|
|Track:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Prize Money:||$2 million|
2023 Manikato Stakes Results
- 1st: #6 Imperatriz ($1.40F)
- 2nd: #7 I Am Me
- 3rd: #3 Uncommon James
Mark Walker’s Moonee Valley specialist, former New Zealand-trained mare Imperatriz ($1.40F), saluted in the style of her odds-on price with a dominant three length success to make it four-from-four on the trot at the course when taking out another Group 1 at The Valley in the 2023 Manikato Stakes results.
Check out the official Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2023 Results & Finishing Order below once the $2 million sprint takes place at The Valley on the Cox Plate Day 2023.
2023 Manikato Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||6||IMPERATRIZ||Mark Walker||Opie Bosson||4||56.5kg||$1.40F|
|2||7||I AM ME||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||James McDonald||3.25L||5||56.5kg||$6|
|3||3||UNCOMMON JAMES||Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted||Damian Lane||3.65L||2||58.5kg||$10|
|4||1||THE INFERNO||Cliff Brown||Jake Noonan||3.75L||3||58.5kg||$41|
|5||4||JIGSAW||Cindy Alderson||Daniel Moor||7L||6||58.5kg||$31|
|6||5||I AM WAR||Trevor J Andrews||Jamie Mott||7.4L||1||58.5kg||$91|
|SB||2||BUENOS NOCHES||Matthew Smith||Blake Shinn||0||58.5kg|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Manikato Stakes Betting Odds
The latest Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2023 odds on the field of star sprinters facing off at Moonee Valley 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.
Jonker ($5.50 in 2021) and Imperatriz ($1.40 in 2023) are the latest favourites in Manikato Stakes betting to salute for the punters.
2023 Manikato Stakes Form
2023 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.
- To Win: #6 Imperatriz ($1.45 at time of publish) – BET NOW
There’s zero value in this year’s Manikato but it is impossible to tip against the odds-on favourite here. This super mare is flying and chases her fourth win not only on the trot but at the track. She is a genuine Moonee Valley specialist and two of her past three here have been in Group 1 company including over the 1200m in the William Reid over the autumn. Fresh she was outstanding in the McEwen and then her Moir Stakes success in race record time put the writing on the wall for the Manikato. She is fit, she’ll relish the six furlongs now, and with just six rivals it is not hard to see why she is being backed as if unbeatable.
2023 Manikato Stakes Field & Barriers
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 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes field and barrier draw is released on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below as soon as announced.
The Manikato Stakes 2023 final field features just seven final acceptors with Moir Stakes winning mare Imperatriz chasing her fourth straight win at the track from a gun barrier four draw as the odds-on favourite.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||400x9275x4||THE INFERNO||Cliff Brown||Jake Noonan||3||58.5kg||103|
|2||123x57x138||BUENOS NOCHES||Matthew Smith||Blake Shinn||5||58.5kg||109|
|3||11x2128x32||UNCOMMON JAMES||Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted||Damian Lane||2||58.5kg||109|
|4||7x111101x5||JIGSAW||Cindy Alderson||Daniel Moor||7||58.5kg||105|
|5||1161x900x2||I AM WAR||Trevor J Andrews||Jamie Mott||1||58.5kg||80|
|6||8x11121x11||IMPERATRIZ||Mark Walker||Opie Bosson||4||56.5kg||118|
|7||x11117x161||I AM ME||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||James McDonald||6||56.5kg||109|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Manikato Stakes Nominations
Early nominations for the Manikato Stakes in 2023 close on the Friday prior to race week.
The 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes nominations drew just 16 entries with all-in betting led by the odds-on favourite Imperatriz who has won her past three starts at the track consecutively including the Group 1 Moir Stakes last time out.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|2||x30236x333||BELLA NIPOTINA||M||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||111|
|3||123x57x138||BUENOS NOCHES||H||4||Matthew Smith||109|
|4||x3899464x3||CHAIN OF LIGHTNING||M||5||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||104|
|6||x11117x161||I AM ME||M||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||109|
|7||1161x900x2||I AM WAR||G||5||Trevor J Andrews||80|
|10||21x0x988x4||LOMBARDO||G||7||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||106|
|12||6760×68586||ROCKETING BY||G||6||David Pfieffer||102|
|13||1110412×71||SHE DANCES||M||4||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||96|
|14||400x9275x4||THE INFERNO||G||7||Cliff Brown||103|
|15||11x2128x32||UNCOMMON JAMES||G||5||Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted||109|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
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.
In 2020 Hey Doc made history) first dual champion on non-successive years since the race’s now namesake Manikato (1979, 1982) and in doing so also set a new race record time of 1:08.76.
In 2022 the Manikato Stakes meeting on the Friday night was abandoned due to lightning and rescheduled to run on the Saturday’s Cox Plate Day card with Bella Nipotina winning by nearly five lengths.
The 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes remained on Cox Plate Day and was won in flying fashion by the Moir Stakes winning mare Imperatriz.
Recent Manikato Stakes Winners
|1st||Imperatriz||1 minute 9.59 seconds|
|2nd||I Am Me|
|1st||Bella Nipotina||1 minute 11.60 seconds|
|3rd||Best Of Bordeaux|
|1st||Jonker||1 minute 9.36 seconds|
|1st||Hey Doc||1 minute 8.76 seconds (R)|
|1st||Loving Gaby||1 minute 9:29 seconds|
|1st||Brave Smash||1 minute 9.36 seconds|
|2nd||Spirit Of Valor|
|1st||Hey Doc||1 minute 9.96 seconds|
|2nd||In Her Time|
|1st||Rebel Dane||1 minute 10.99 seconds|
|1st||Chautauqua||1 minute 9.5 seconds|
|1st||Lankan Rupee||1 minute 10.3 seconds|
|1st||Buffering||1 minute 11.44 seconds|
|1st||Sea Siren||1 minute 11.32 seconds|
|3rd||We’re Gonna Rock|
|1st||Sepoy||1 minute 11.08 seconds|
|1st||Hay List||1 minute 9.94 seconds|
|1st||Danleigh||1 minute 12.5 seconds|
|1st||Typhoon Zed||1 minute 10.6 seconds|
|1st||Gold Edition||1 minute 10.6 seconds|
|1st||Miss Andretti||1 minute 9.2 seconds|
|1st||Spark Of Life||1 minute 11.5 seconds|
|3rd||Our Egyptian Raine|
|1st||Spark Of Life||1 minute 13.3 seconds|
|1st||Spinning Hill||1 minute 11.2 seconds|
|3rd||The Big Chill|
|1st||Spinning Hill||1 minute 10.5 seconds|
|1st||Piavonic||1 minute 12.9 seconds|
|1st||Sunline||1 minute 11.6 seconds|
|2nd||Honour The Name|