Manikato Stakes

Looking for information on this year’s Manikato Stakes? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know.

Named after the legendary five-time William Reid Stakes champion Manikato (1979-83), who also won this race twice (back when it was called the Freeway Stakes), the Manikato Stakes is a Group 1 sprint conducted at The Valley on the Friday night before the iconic Cox Plate.

Run over 1200 metres, the weight-for-age feature on Cox Plate Eve offers $1 million in prize money and has been run and won since 1968. 

In recent years the AJ Moir Stakes has been a good lead-up race into the Manikato Stakes that has been won by many champion racehorses including four Cox Plate winners: Strawberry Road (1983), Rubiton (1987), Dane Ripper (1997) and Sunline (2000). 

Manikato Stakes 2021 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Friday, October 22nd, 2021
  • Track Location: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,200 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Weight for age
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Moonee Valley Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $1,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1968
  • 2021 Manikato Stakes Winner: Jonker

manikato Stakes 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Manikato Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Friday October 22, 2021 as part of the Cox Plate Carnival. 

  1. #2 Jonker
  2. #8 Bella Nipotina
  3. #11 Ingratiating

Jonker ($5.50) was too strong for his rivals, the speedy Queenslander getting to the front early and holding on all-the-way thanks to a great ride by Daniel Moor to narrowly deny classy mare Bella Nipotina ($7) victory in Friday night’s 2021 Manikato Stakes results.

Manikato Stakes Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Manikato Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Manikato Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Manikato Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Manikato Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Manikato Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Manikato Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Manikato Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Manikato Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Manikato Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Manikato Stakes In 2020

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  1. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  2. Make sure to check out the form guide, once it’s released
  3. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Manikato Stakes 2021 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Manikato Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit


Which horse will win the 2021 Manikato Stakes comes down to a number of key form factors including the barriers, form over the 1200m sprint distance, record at the notoriously tight Moonee Valley circuit and their previous Group 1 race experience in early Melbourne spring races.

When selecting the Manikato Stakes winner it is also important to consider:

  • Inside Alley: Barrier one has produced three Manikato Stakes winners since 2009.
  • Moir Lead-Up: The Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) held at the same track the month prior is the key Manikato Stakes lead-up.


The early favourites in 2021 Manikato Stakes betting include Group 1 The Goodwood winner Savatoxl who took out the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes first-up and the flying Lombardo chasing a fourth win on the trot.

From 2007-2021 six Manikato Stakes favourites have saluted for the punters, most recently Jonker ($5.50 in 2021).

Manikato Stakes Field 2021

The official Manikato Stakes 2021 final field of acceptances is announced by the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

The 2021 Manikato Stakes field is now out with 13 final acceptors led in betting by last start Schillaci Stakes winner Savatoxl, while the Maher/Eustace stable are in with four runners including the undefeated filly Sneaky Five.

  • Scratched: #3 Despatch (4)

Manikato Stakes 2021 Tips

Favourite: #4 Savatoxl ($4.50 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #8 Bella Nipotina ($12 at time of publish)

Roughie: #8 Bella Nipotina (see above)

Our exclusive Manikato Stakes 2021 betting tips and selections will be detailed here the week of the race and full Manikato Stakes Night tips available on the Neds Blog.


Manikato Stakes Race night 2021

2021 Manikato Stakes Night takes place under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Friday October 22, 2021 and the Group 1 Manikato Stakes is the sole Group status race on the card.


The official Manikato Stakes barrier draw takes place the week of the race and will be published in our above Manikato Stakes Field section.

Manikato Stakes 2021 Nominations

The 2021 Manikato Stakes nominations are taken on Friday October 15, 2021 a week out from the Friday night Moonee Valley feature. 

The Manikato Stakes 2021 nominations attracted 32 early entries including three runners in the previous Saturday’s $15 million The Everest with Trekking, Wild Ruler and Masked Crusader all in the mix for a potential quick interstate back-up.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 424x554x33 TREKKING G 7 James Cummings 1 58.5kg
2 2330×31228 AWAY GAME M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 56.5kg
3 13x1619x21 WILD RULER H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 3 58.5kg
4 x1167x2875 STREETS OF AVALON G 7 Shane Nichols 4 58.5kg
5 x13125x151 MASKED CRUSADER G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 58.5kg
6 x721610x57 SHAQUERO C 3 Chris Waller 6 53kg
7 1x2048x376 SEPTEMBER RUN M 4 Chris Waller 7 56.5kg
8 121x3x2x76 JONKER H 6 Tony Gollan 8 58.5kg
9 2336×31213 BELLA NIPOTINA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 9 56.5kg
10 11x2318x23 KEMALPASA G 6 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 10 58.5kg
11 11×1 SNEAKY FIVE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11 51kg
12 x21253x129 INGRATIATING C 3 James Cummings 12 53kg
13 41x91160x1 SAVATOXL G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 13 58.5kg
14 2112x358x8 SWATS THAT M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 14 56.5kg
15 4875110×05 BROOKLYN HUSTLE M 5 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 15 56.5kg
16 1x671x1221 PAULELE C 3 James Cummings 16 53kg
17 x1101x2432 LA MEXICANA M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 17 56.5kg
18 120x6025x3 HOW WOMANTIC M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 56.5kg
19 12×13 CRYSTAL BOUND F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 19 51kg
20 270×321515 EXPRESS PASS G 5 Nick Ryan 20 58.5kg
21 1x ACROBAT C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21 53kg
22 1x1x32 DOSH F 3 Grahame Begg 22 51kg
23 341×168111 LOMBARDO G 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 23 58.5kg
24 135x200x17 RANCH HAND C 3 Chris Waller 24 53kg
25 30×113 BRUCKNER C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 25 53kg
26 1x2118x364 TAILLEUR M 5 James Cummings 26 56.5kg
27 129x55x125 FITUESE M 5 John Thompson 27 56.5kg
28 x6325243x1 DEXELATION G 7 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 28 58.5kg
29 2330141111 HE’S A BALTER G 5 Will Clarken 29 58.5kg
30 11×33 GENERATION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 30 53kg
31 1×13 MINSK MOMENT C 3 Chris Waller 31 53kg
32 09x60x755x DESPATCH G 7 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 32 58.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Manikato Stakes Weights 2021

The race is run at weight for age. Final weights will be declared at 4 PM on Monday, the 18th of October, 2021 and will be published in our above Manikato Stakes Field section.

Manikato Stakes Acceptances 2021

Acceptances will be declared before 9 AM on Tuesday, the 19th of October, 2021 and published in our above Manikato Stakes Field section.

Manikato Stakes jockeys 2021

Riders must be declared by 12 PM Wednesday, the 20th of October, 2021. The full Manikato Stakes 2021 jockeys will be announced in our above Manikato Stakes Field section. 

Manikato Stakes Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Friday, the 22nd of October, 2021. 

2021 Manikato Stakes Scratchings: 

  •  #3 Despatch (4)

Manikato Stakes Prize Money 2021

There is a total of $1,000,000 in prize money, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $600,000
2nd $180,000
3rd $90,000
4th $45,000
5th $25,000
6th $20,000
7th $20,000
8th $20,000


Manikato Stakes Race Number 2021

The 2021 Manikato Stakes race number is scheduled as Moonee Valley Race 7 at 8:15pm (AEDT) on Friday the 22nd of October, 2021 when the event runs during the Manikato Stakes Night, part of the Cox Plate Carnival. There are eight races in total that night at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Manikato Stakes Live 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Manikato Stakes live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Manikato Stakes 2021 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Manikato Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Manikato Stakes Winners 

Winners of the Manikato Stakes going back to 1983 are displayed in the table below.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2021 Jonker Daniel Moor Tony Gollan 1:09.36
2020 Hey Doc Luke Currie Tony & Calvin McEvoy 1:08.76 (R)
2019 Loving Gaby Craig Williams Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1:09.29
2018 Brave Smash Hugh Bowman Darren Weir 1:09.36
2017 Hey Doc Luke Currie Tony McEvoy 1:09.96
2016 Rebel Dane Ben Melham Gary Portelli 1:10.9
2015 Chautauqua Tommy Berry Michael, Wayne And John Hawkes 1:09.5
2014 Lankan Rupee Craig Newitt Mick Price 1:10.3
2013 Buffering Damian Browne Robert Heathcote 1:11.4
2012 Sea Siren Jim Cassidy John O’Shea 1:11.3
2011 Sepoy Kerrin Mcevoy Peter Snowden 1:11.0
2010 Hay List Glyn Schofield John Mcnair 1:09.9
2009 Danleigh Kerrin Mcevoy Chris Waller 1:12.5
2008 Typhoon Zed Nash Rawiller Tim Martin 1:10.6
2007 Gold Edition S Katsidis R E Maund 1:10.6
2006 Miss Andretti 1:09.2
2005 Spark Of Life G Boss Allan Denham 1:11.5
2004 Spark Of Life D Nikolic Allan Denham 1:13.3
2003 Spinning Hill P Payne G H Walter 1:11.2
2002 Spinning Hill P Payne G H Walter 1:10.5
2001 Piavonic N Rawiller Tony Noonan 1:12.9
2000 Sunline G J Childs T J Mckee 1:11.6
1999 Redoute’s Choice J A Cassidy Rick Hore-Lacy
1998 Dane Ripper D Oliver Bart Cummings
1997 Spartacus D Beadman Rick Hore-Lacy
1996 Poetic King S D Marshall D L Freedman
1995 You Remember D Nikolic L R Smith
1994 Spanish Mix S R King J R Hawkes
1993 Never Undercharge S D Marshall Bart Cummings
1992 King Marauding P Alderman D L Freedman
1991 Sonic Express D Oliver B J Bennett
1990 Street Ruffian D Triandafillou M Hewson
1989 Westminster P Cook Ms N Fraser
1988 Rancho Ruler D Gauci G Marconi
1987 Rubiton H White P C Barns
1986 Lockley’s Tradition B Werner L M Armfield
1985 Touch Of Genius M Clarke R E Hoysted
1984 Vite Cheval K Mitchell I G Saunders
1983 Strawberry Road G Willetts D R Bougoure