THE Group 1 Manawatu Sires Produce is run every April in New Zealand and has become one of the best form races on the calendar.
The $225,000 feature is held at Awapuni over 1400m with past winners including some of New Zealand’s finest middle-distance thoroughbreds.
Names such as Snap, Moonshine, San Luis and Keeninsky have won the Manawatu Sires Produce which is limited to two-year-old juveniles only.
The winners typically go on to make handy older horses which is why punters love betting on the race. Markets typically open a couple of weeks before the race is scheduled, where punters can find the best early value.
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2019 Manawatu Sires Produce betting
Online bookmaker Sportsbet has gun prospect Yourdeel as the $1.90 favourite heading into the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes.
Aalaalune ($5) and Equinox ($7) are the only other runners in single figures.
2019 Manawatu Sires’ Produce result
Recent Manawatu Sires Produce winners
2019: Yourdeel was the unbackable favourite heading into the 2019 Sires’ Produce, but it looked like another dire showing for favourite backers in New Zealand after the juvenile got well back in the running. After being almost ten lengths off the pace at the 200m mark the rising star steamrolled down the middle of the track to complete the miracle finish.
2018: Avantage won the 2018 edition of this event in consummate ease. After getting a brilliant run in transit the horse hit the front from the one of the better supported runners of the day Sword Of Osman to win eased up on the line.
2017: Star prospect Melody Belle took her career earnings beyond $1 million after winning the 2017 Manawatu Sires’ Produce in dominant fashion. Getting the perfect run behind the leaders the horse was produced in the straight and quickly put pay to them, winning by just under two lengths.
2016: The 2016 edition was one of the better form races in recent history as the first three horses home have all since performed well in Australia. Luna Rossa was too good for its opposition over the concluding stages in holding out Sicario and Saracino. All three horses, primarily Luna Rossa and Saracino, have performed at a very high level and it the form has well and truly stacked up. Luna Rossa paid $8.90 with bookmakers.
2015: Marky Mark was solidly supported at $6.10 with bookmakers when it won the 2015 Manawatu Sires Produce. The Moira Murdoch-trained gelding by Makfi brought good form into the race and that proved good enough as it scored by a length over Rocanto and Reminisce. It was another strong field which included group one winner He’s Our Rokki, which finished into fourth position before later being sold to Australian interests.
2014: The McKee racing stables had success back in 1994 with Moonshine and they were back at it again with O’Marilyn in 2014. The two-year-old daughter of O’Reilly was heavily-backed at $2.60 with bookmakers and it just did enough to score by a long neck over stablemate Prince Mambo. The stable almost scored the trifecta with Passing Shot running in fourth. O’Marilyn would continue to perform well as a juvenile before being sold to offshore interests.
2013: Recite scored one of the shortest-priced victories in the history of the race. The well-bred Oaks Stud filly was the popular elect at $1.60 and it didn’t let punters down. The daughter of Darci Brahma cruised home for a 1.5-length victory in the field of only eight runners, which included the well-performed Kirramosa which won at group one level in Australia. Recite would continue to run well as an older thoroughbred before running into injury problems.
2012: Choice Bro is the most Kiwi-named winner of the Manawatu Sires Produce. The John Sargent-trained son of Choisir wasn’t fancied in the betting at $15.20, but it sprinted best to score the victory. The $50,000 purchase quickly gave its connections their money back by scoring a narrow win over Magic Shaft and Warhorse – with race favourite Rollout The Carpet finishing well down the track with James McDonald in the saddle.
Manawatu Sires Produce past winners list
2019 – Yourdeel
2018 – Avantage
2017 – Melody Belle
2016 – Luna Rossa
2015 – Marky Mark
2014 – O’Marilyn
2013 – Recite
2012 – Choice Bro
2011 – Anabandana
2010 – Nacho Man
2009 – The Heckler
2008 – Il Quello Veloce
2007 – Nightlign
2006 – Jokers Wild
2005 – Kindacross
2004 – Keeninsky
2003 – Maroofity
2002 – Grout
2001 – San Luis
2000 – Little Jamie
1999 – One Under
1998 – Happyanunoit
1997 – Kilmore Quay
1996 – Love to Dance
1995 – Ballroom Babe
1994 – Moonshine
1993 – Snap
1992 – Roys Boy
1991 – Konig
1990 – Star Board