Manikato Stakes

Named after the legendary Manikato, who won this race twice (back when it was called the Freeway Stakes), the Manikato Stakes sports a $1,000,000 prize purse. Run at 1200 metres, it makes for a good lead into the VRC Sprint Classic.

In the past, the AJ Moir Stakes have been a good predictor of future success in the Manikato Stakes.

Manikato Stakes – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Friday, October 25th, 2019
  • 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

Manikato Stakes 2018 Betting

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 The Manikato Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s The 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 2018

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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 Field

The fourteen most likely runners for 2019 appear below.

  1. Santa Ana Lane
  2. Sunlight
  3. Nature Strip
  4. Osborne Bulls
  5. Microphone
  6. Pierata
  7. Redzel
  8. Graff
  9. In Her Time
  10. Zoustyle
  11. Brutal
  12. Alizee
  13. Spirit Of Valor
  14. Eduardo

Manikato Stakes 2018 Odds

Early market odds for the top  runners are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2018 edition of The Manikato Stakes here.

(Please note that the odds below are from 12/09/2019, after nominations, but prior to acceptances).

All In Win Odds Place Odds
Santa Ana Lane 5.5 2.13
Sunlight 6 2.25
Nature Strip 7.5 2.5
Osborne Bulls 7.5 2.5
Microphone 10 3.5
Pierata 11 3.75
Redzel 11 3.75
Graff 14 4.25
In Her Time 14 4.25
Zoustyle 14 4.25
Brutal 16 4.75
Alizee 17 5
Spirit Of Valor 19 5.5
Eduardo 21 6
Malaguerra 26 7.3
Accession 31 8.5
Behemoth 41 11
Diplomatico 41 11
Easy Eddie 51 14
Embrace Me 51 14

Manikato Stakes 2019 Tips

Favourite: Santa Ana Lane

Best Bet: TBA

Roughie: TBA

Manikato Stakes Race Day

Race day takes place on Friday, the 24th of October, 2019.

Manikato Stakes Nominations

Nominations close at 12 PM on Monday, the 21st of October, 2019.

Manikato Stakes Weights

The race is run at weight for age. Final weights will be declared at 4 PM on Monday, the 21st of October, 2019.

Manikato Stakes Acceptances

Acceptances will be declared before 9 AM on Wednesday, the 23rd of October, 2019.

Manikato Stakes Riders

Riders must be declared by 12 PM Wednesday, the 23rd of October, 2019.

Manikato Stakes Barrier Draw

The barrier draw should be announced the week of the race.

Manikato Stakes Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Friday, the 25th of October, 2019.

Manikato Stakes Prize Money

There is a total of $1,000,00 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

The Manikato Stakes is race number 5 during the Manikato Stakes Night, part of the Cox Plate Carnival. There are eight races in total that day at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Manikato Stakes Live

You can watch or listen to the 2018 Manikato Stakes live, across the following mediums.

Free-to-air television: Channel Seven

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Stream Online: 7Live

Manikato Stakes 2018 Form Guide

Age restriction: None

Sex restriction: None

Class restriction: None

Apprentices: Can not claim

Track: Main

Track type: Turf

Field limit: 14

Track Conditions: Unavailable

Rail: Unavailable

Track Record: 1:09.29

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2018’s Manikato Stakes has been released.

Manikato Stakes Winners (Past Results)

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
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