Manikato Stakes

Manikato Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Friday, 21 October, 2022
Location: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1200m

The Manikato Stakes is one of the sprinting highlights of the spring carnival.

The Group 1 weight-for-age sprint is worth $1 million and is run at Moonee Valley in late October. Run over 1200m, the Manikato Stakes is a fast-and-furious sprint around the tight track which makes for great viewing.

The Moonee Valley race club holds the Manikato Stakes on the night before the Cox Plate.

There have been plenty of champion winners over the course of history, most notably the mares. Gold Edition, Miss Andretti, Spinning Hill and Sunline have all won the Manikato Stakes.

2022 Manikato Stakes betting odds

Jonker wins the 2021 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley Racing Club. 22/10/21

TBC: With the 2021 Manikato Stakes only just been run and won, there are currently no odds available for the 2022 race with the online bookmakers

Best Manikato Stakes bookmakers

All of our recommended online bookmakers offer betting on the Manikato Stakes, but many of them wait until nominations have been received.

Betting typically opens around August for the Manikato Stakes and the following bookmakers will supply all the necessary information, markets and odds.

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Manikato Stakes betting strategy

Chautauqua was brilliant in the 2015 Manikato Stakes.

Eight of the last 13 winners of the Manikato Stakes have been favourites which have included the likes of Chautauqua, Lankan Rupee, Sepoy and Hay List.

Only three favourites from the last 11 years have failed to place. The Manikato is a race for favourites so when the market opens up for the upcoming race, look towards the well-favoured runners.

There have been two double-figure odds winners from the last 10 years. Danleigh in 2009 which paid $17 and Rebel Dane in 2016 which paid big odds of $51. However, there have been some high-profile horses taste defeat. Sunline ran second as the $2.10 favourite, Bel Esprit ran second as the red-hot $1.40 favourite and Chautauqua couldn’t justify its $2.25 price in 2016.

The best jockeys to bet on have been Damien Oliver, Kerrin McEvoy and Luke Currie. Oliver has won two from 18 attempts with nine placings and McEvoy has won twice with three placings from eight starts. Luke Currie has put his foot forward in recent years to be one to follow in the Manikato, winning the race twice in four years when pairing with Hey Doc in 2017 and 2020. Following these three jockeys should see you right this year.

In the training ranks, many winners have come from trainers having their first start in the race. Look for the lesser-known trainers for a good betting guide.

2021 Manikato Stakes result

1stJonker ($5.50)
2ndBella Nipotina ($2.40)
3rdIngratiating ($3.00)

Recent winners of the Manikato Stakes

  • The Tony Gollan trained 6 year old stallion put a show on for all to see at Moonee Valley for his first Group One win in the Maniakto Stakes. Daniel Moore was able to get the stallion to the front of the pack where he then led the entire way fending off Bella Nipotina right at the posts.
  • Having won back in 2017, Hey Doc turned back the clock when claiming the 2020 Manikato Stakes in impressive fashion. Having settled in the one-one, Luke Currie produced him at the top of the straight where he was able to get the better of leader Pippie and hold off the likes of Dirty Work and Trekking over the final 100m to claim his second Manikato. He joins the likes of Spinning Hill and Spark Of Life to claim consecutive Manikato Stakes since 2000.
  • Craig Williams made it back to back wins in the Manikato Stakes, when giving Loving Gaby a peach of ride as Loving Gaby makes Manikato history. Entering the home straight the filly was badly held up and it looked like she may have been a good thing beat, but with 150 metres to go, she found clear air and produced an electric turn of foot to take out the Manikato Stakes.
    • In what will be looked upon as one of his best ever runs, Brave Smash closed late to secure the 2018 Manikato Stakes. An early race move from Craig Williams saw the horse amble up to the leaders just before the turn and Brave Smash responded when he needed to, closing to the line to win ahead of Irish invader Spirit Of Valor.
    • There was plenty of drama before and after the race, but Hey Doc was simply too speedy for its opposition. The Tony McEvoy-trained runner crossed to the front just after the start and it was never headed. There was a protest lodged by the connections of In Her Time, stating that Hey Doc crossed too closely to the Queensland-based mare, but it was quickly dismissed. Race favourite Vega Magic didn’t run well and the drama before the race included the scratching of Chautauqua and the decision to clear English. Read our take here.
    • Rebel Dane caused a big upset in 2016 when winning at odds of $51. The Gary Portelli-trained gelding used the inside part of the Moonee Valley track when rival runners searched wide, but with a steady ride from Ben Melham, Rebel Dane was able to secure another Group one win. 2015 winner Chautauqua didn’t fire in the straight and 2013 winner Buffering was retired following its run. Read race report here.
    • Champion grey Chautauqua was a blistering winner in 2015 with its patented come-from-behind style. The Team Hawkes-trained star was heavily favoured to win at odds of $2.25 and it didn’t let punters down in one of the most exciting finishes in the races’ history.
    • If you want to see one of the busiest finishes ever at Moonee Valley, the Youtube the 2014 Manikato Stakes. Lankan Rupee came into the race as the raging-hot favourite and closed at around $1.35 with most bookmakers. Punters had nervous moments throughout the 1200m race as a swarm of horses were spread across the straight with Lankan Rupee sticking its nose out on the line.
    • Buffering is another Manikato Stakes winner which has tasted success overseas. The Robert Heathcote-trained sprinter has since won in Dubai and although it paid $6.50 to win the Manikato in 2013, the win didn’t really come as a surprise to anyone. The 2013 edition was an international affair with Hong Kong’s Lucky Nine finishing into second placing with Darley’s Sessions in third. Buffering continues to run at an elite level and it shows just how important a Manikato Stakes win is.

    Previous Manikato Stakes winners

    AJ Moir StakesPast Winners
    Year Horse Jockey Trainer
    2021 Jonker Daniel Moore Tony Gallon
    2020 Hey Doc Luke Currie Tony & Calvin McEvoy
    2019 Loving Gaby Craig Williams Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    2018 Brave Smash Hugh Bowman Darren Weir
    2017 Hey Doc Luke Currie Tony McEvoy
    2016 Rebel Dane Ben Melham Gary Portelli
    2015 Chautauqua Tommy Berry Team Hawkes
    2014 Lankan Pupee Craig Newitt Mick Price
    2013 Buffering Damian Browne Robert Heathcote
    2012 Sea Siren Jim Cassidy John O’Shea
    2011 Sepoy Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden
    2010 Hay List Glyn Schofield John McNair
    2009 Danleigh Kerrin McEvoy Chris Waller
    2008 Typhoon Zed Nash Rawiller Tim Martin
    2007 Gold Edition Stathi Katsidis Ron Maund
    2006 Miss Andretti Craig Newitt Lee Freedman
    2005 Spark Of Life Glen Boss Allan Denham
    2004 Spark Of Life Danny Nikolic Allan Denham
    2003 Spinning Hill Patrick Payne Guy Walter
    2002 Spinning Hill Patrick Payne Guy Walter
    2001 Piavonic Nash Rawiller Tony Noonan
    2000 Sunline Greg Childs Trevor McKee

    Manikato Stakes winners pre-2000

    Manikato Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
    Year Horse
    1999 Redoute’s Choice
    1998 Dane Ripper
    1997 Spartacus
    1996 Poetic King
    1995 You Remember
    1994 Spanish Mix
    1993 Never Undercharge
    1992 King Marauding
    1991 Sonic Express
    1990 Street Ruffian
    1989 Our Westminstery
    1988 Rancho Ruler
    1987 Rubiton
    1986 Lockley’s Tradition
    1985 Touch Of Genius
    1984 Vite Cheval
    1983 Strawberry Road
    1982 Manikato
    1981 Silver Bounty
    1980 Grey Sapphire
    1979 Manikato
    1978 Vice Regal
    1977 Ease The Squeeze
    1976 Scamanda
    1975 Lord Dudley
    1974 Tauto
    1973 Tauto
    1972 Century
    1971 Dual Choice
    1970 Dual Choice
    1969 Vain
    1968 Winfreux
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