Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes

Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2024
Location: Awapuni Racecourse
Prize Money: $350,000
Distance: 1400m

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 $350,000 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.

2023 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes betting odds

Maven Belle
Maven Belle hits the line first in the 2022 Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m). Photo Credit: Race Images – Peter Rubery

The 2023 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes odds as of April 1 look like this:

  • Trobriand – $2.15
  • Tulsi – $6.50
  • Sako – $8.00
  • Lowe Flying – $10.00
  • No Rain Ever – $16.00
  • To Catch A Thief -$17.00

Complete Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes odds available at Ladbrokes.

Best Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes bookmakers

All the bookmakers listed below have or will have Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes markets available. The race is run in early April, so expect to find all-in markets available throughout the summer months.

Our top bookmakers know the importance of framing international markets early, so expect to see the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes in the futures list throughout the year.

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2023 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes field

No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 Silks
Mark Walker
Opie Bosson
2 Silks
To Catch A Thief
Graham Richardson & Rogan Norvall
Craig Grylls
3 Silks
Lantern Way
Lisa Latta
Jonathan Riddell
4 Silks
Andrew Forsman
Noel Callow
5 Silks
Stephen Marsh
Cammeron Lammas
6 Silks
Johno Benner & Hollie Wynyard
Ryan Elliot
7 Silks
Lowe Flying
John Bary
Warren Kennedy
8 Silks
Lisa Latta
Joe Doyle
9 Silks
Andrew Forsman
Fred Kersley
10 Silks
Chantilly Lace
Chrissy Bambry
Vinnie Colgan
11 Silks
No Rain Ever
Bill Thurlow
Samantha Collett
12 Silks
Great Escape
Roydon Bergerson
Sam Weatherley

2022 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes result

1stMaven Belle ($3.40)
2ndWolverine ($1.60)
3rdWaitak ($6.50)

Recent Manawatu Sires’ Produce runnings

  • Drama surrounded the finish to the Group One feature at Awapuni when the final result was settled by the judicial committee after a protest was lodged by the connections of runner-up Wolverine against first-past-the-post Maven Belle. Maven Belle, the Mark Walker-trained daughter of Burgundy, had led out from the barrier in the Group 1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and skipped clear with 400m to run. Local filly Wolverine was the only runner to issue a serious challenge in the home straight and rider Leith Innes had her finishing strongly with 100m to go, when Maven Belle began to drift out into the middle of the track under rider Sam Weatherley. Wolverine’s momentum was clearly impeded as Maven Belle pressed on to hit the line first, a length in front of Wolverine, with Waitak closing strongly to finish third, albeit three lengths in arrears of the first two. The protest siren sounded and after deliberations by the Judicial Committee placings were confirmed with Maven Belle providing Te Akau Racing with their seventh win in the race and their fifth in a row.
  • Jamie Richards and Te Akau Racing’s total dominance of New Zealand two-year-old racing rolled on with a richly deserved Group One triumph for On the Bubbles in the 2022 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m). The Awapuni feature was the 21st juvenile win of the season for Richards and the Te Akau team, with seven of those coming at black-type level. Having won the Sires’ Produce Stakes four times in a row, with On the Bubbles following in the footsteps of Melody Belle, Avantage and Yourdeel. The syndication juggernaut has also collected five consecutive Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) trophies, along with all of the last four editions of the Sistema Stakes (1200m). On The Bubbles’ Sires’ Produce Stakes was a dominant front-running performance, spearing forward from a wide gate to hit the front inside the first 100 metres and never looking back. On the Bubbles and jockey Johnathan Parkes went into overdrive at the top of the home straight, opening up a commanding lead and romping home in a spectacular tour de force. The winner’s stablemate I Wish I Win did the best of the rest, finishing three lengths away in second, with another four lengths back to fellow Matamata runner Bonny Lass in third.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Stakes past winners list

Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2022 Maven Belle Sam Weatherley Mark Walker
2021 On The Bubbles Jonathan Parkes Jamie Richards
2020 Race Not Held
2019 Yourdeel Opie Bosson Jamie Richards
2018 Avantage Danielle Johnson Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
2017 Melody Belle Michael McNab Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
2016 Luna Rossa Lisa Allpress Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
2015 Marky Mark Leith Innes Moira Murdoch
2014 O’Marilyn Samantha Spratt Stephen McKee
2013 Recite Mark Du Plessis John Bary
2012 Choice Bro Jonathan Riddell John Sargent
2011 Anabandana Opie Bosson Don Sellwood
2010 Nacho Man Craig Grylls Mike & Paul Moroney
2009 The Heckler Michael Coleman Murray & Bjorn Baker
2008 Il Quello Veloce Noel Harris John Sargent
2007 Nightlign Michael Coleman Keith Hawtin
2006 Jokers Wild Jim Collett Mike Moroney & Andrew Scott
2005 Kindacross Hayden Tinsley Mark Walker
2004 Keeninsky Allan Peard Graeme Rogerson & Stephen Autridge
2003 Maroofity Lance O’Sullivan Mark Walker
2002 Grout Michael Walker Allan Sharrock
2001 San Luis Noel Harris Michael McNab
2000 Little Jamie Lance O’Sullivan Paul O’Sullivan

Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes winners pre-2000

Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 One Under
1998 Happanunoit
1997 Kilmore Quay
1996 Love To Dance
1995 Ballroom Babe
1994 Moonshine
1993 Snap
1992 Roy’s Boy
1991 Konig
1990 Lycra
1989 Cordero
1988 Pompeii Pearl
1987 Satisfy
1986 Precocious Lad
1985 Star Board
1984 Vin d’Amour
1983 Nordic Seal
1982 Andretti
1981 Scotch Reel
1980 Summer Haze
1979 Young Shaun
1978 Teddy Doon
1977 Lunar Probe
1976 La Mer
1975 March Legend
1974 Black Willow
1973 Prince Shifnal
1972 Longfella
1971 Gold Braid
1970 Rich Return
1969 Darly’s Joy
1968 Mayo Gold
1967 Mannix
1966 Raidan
1965 Jetmate
1964 Rio
1963 Gold Chat
1962 Blyton
1961 Cabriere
1960 Marengo
1959 Gayfair
1958 Up And Coming
1957 Miss Able
1956 Passive
1955 Romanos
1954 Royal Applause
1953 Timanah
1952 Flying Queen
1951 Taringaroa
1950 The Unicorn
1949 Gold Script
1948 Joyful Lady
1947 Great Trek
1946 Robin’s Reward
1945 Royal Raider
1944 Subdued
1943 Virtuoso
1942 Nizam
1941 Premature
1940 Phaleron
1939 Submission
1938 Defaulter
1937 Smoke Screen
1936 Custos
1935 Legatee
1934 Burnish
1933 Golden Hair
1932 Midinette
1931 High Comedy
1930 Gesture
1929 Gay Ballerina
1928 Episode
1927 Thaw
1926 Limerick
1925 Lady Cavendish
1924 Motley
1923 Tukia
1922 The Dunce
1921 Absurdum
1920 Little River
1919 Warplane
1918 Finmark
1917 Estland
1916 Hyttus
1915 Desert Gold
1914 Charmilla
1913 Rinaldo
1912 Ermengarde
1911 Peirene
1909 Polymorphous
1908 Maori King

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