Looking for this year’s Manikato Stakes betting odds, field and tips? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know.

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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 a Saturday in late October alongside the Cox Plate.

The event has recently run on the Friday night under the lights before Cox Plate Day, but in 2022 was moved from the abandoned Friday night meeting at Moonee Valley to take place on the Saturday where it remains for the 2023 edition.

Run over 1200 metres the weight-for-age feature offers $2 million in prize money as of 2022 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). 

Imperatriz (2023) was the last to do the Moir Stakes – Manikato Stakes double at Moonee Valley.

Manikato Stakes 2023 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 28th, 2023
  • 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: $2,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1968
  • 2023 Manikato Stakes Winner: Imperatriz

manikato Stakes 2023 RESULTS

The official 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 28, 2023. 

  1. #6 Imperatriz
  2. #7 I Am Me
  3. #3 Uncommon James

The 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes winner was star Kiwi-trained mare Imperatriz ($1.40) who saluted by over three lengths as the odds-on favourite for her fourth straight win at the track.

Manikato Stakes Betting 2023

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Manikato Stakes, and we have included some of the most popular options below:

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 2023

There are many different ways to bet on the Manikato Stakes, and we have included some of the most popular options below:

Log in at neds.com.au

  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.

Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2024 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

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WHICH HORSE WILL WIN THE manikato STAKES IN 2023?

Which horse will win the 2023 Ladbrokes 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 four Manikato Stakes winners since 2009 most recently Bella Nipotina (2022).
  • Moir Lead-Up: The Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) held at the same track the month prior is the key Manikato Stakes lead-up with Bella Nipotina (2nd in 2022) and Imperatriz (1st in 2023) the latest Manikato winners to come via that race.

manikato STAKES FAVOURITES 2023

The early favourites in 2023 Manikato Stakes betting include Mark Walker’s William Reid Stakes winning mare Imperatriz from New Zealand who took out the Group 1 Moir Stakes last start, consistent Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winning Queenslander Uncommon James, and the Matthew Smith-trained Buenos Noches.

From 2007-2023 seven Manikato Stakes favourites have saluted for the punters, most recently Jonker ($5.50 in 2021) and the odds-on elect Imperatriz ($1.40 in 2023).

Manikato Stakes Field 2023

The official Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2023 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 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.

Manikato Stakes 2023 Tips

Favourite: #6 Imperatriz ($1.45 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #6 Imperatriz to salute for the punters (see above) – BET NOW

Roughie: #3 Uncommon James ($8.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Our exclusive Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2023 betting tips and selections will be detailed here the week of the race and full Cox Plate Day tips available on the Neds Blog.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR COMPLETE 2023 MANIKATO STAKES PREVIEW & TIPS

Manikato Stakes Race day 2023

The 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes takes place at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday October 28th, 2023 as part of Cox Plate Day 2023. The other feature races on the Cox Plate Day card include the:

manikato STAKES 2023 BARRIER DRAW

The official 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes barrier draw takes place the week of the race and will be published in our above Manikato Stakes Field section.

Manikato Stakes 2023 Nominations

The 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes nominations are taken on Friday October 20, 2023 a week out from the Moonee Valley feature. 

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
1 11x344x121 ASFOORA M 5 Henry Dwyer 111
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
5 0x6117x217 ESPIONA M 5 Chris Waller 111
6 x11117x161 I AM ME M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 109
7 1161x900x2 I AM WAR G 5 Trevor J Andrews 80
8 8x11121x11 IMPERATRIZ M 5 Mark Walker 118
9 7x111101x5 JIGSAW G 5 Cindy Alderson 105
10 21x0x988x4 LOMBARDO G 7 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 106
11 6690x12x20 OVERPASS G 5 Bjorn Baker 111
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
16 x01133x350 ZAPATEO M 5 James Cummings 108

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Manikato Stakes Weights 2023

The race is run at weight for age. Final 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes weights will be declared at 4 PM on Monday, the 23rd of October, 2023 and will be published in our above Manikato Stakes Field section.

Manikato Stakes Acceptances 2023

2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes final acceptances will be declared before 9 AM on Tuesday, the 24th of October, 2023 and published in our above Manikato Stakes Field section.

Manikato Stakes jockeys 2023

Riders must be declared by 12 PM Wednesday, the 25th of October, 2023. The full Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes 2023 jockeys will be announced in our above Manikato Stakes Field section. 

Manikato Stakes Scratchings 2023

2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 28th of October, 2023.  

Manikato Stakes Prize Money 2023

The 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes prize money is set at $2,000,000, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $1,200,000
2nd $360,000
3rd $180,000
4th $90,000
5th $50,000
6th $40,000
7th $40,000
8th $40,000

 

Manikato Stakes Race Number 2023

The 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes race number is scheduled as Moonee Valley Race 8 at 4:20pm (AEDT) on Saturday the 28th of October, 2023 when the event runs as the last on a bumper Cox Plate Day 2023 card at The Valley. 

Manikato Stakes Live 2023

You can watch or listen to the 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes live, across the following mediums.

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Free-to-air television: Channels 78 (and 68 in regional areas)

Streaming: Racing.com

Mobile: Neds App

Manikato Stakes 2023 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2023 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL 2023 MANIKATO STAKES FORM GUIDE

Manikato Stakes Winners 

Winners of the Manikato Stakes going back to 1983 are displayed in the table below. To view a complete list of past Manikato Stakes winners from the race’s inauguration to the present date – click here.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer/s Time
2023 Imperatriz Opie Bosson Mark Walker 1:09.59
2022 Bella Nipotina Craig Williams Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1:11.60
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