The Manikato Stakes is a popular weight for age Group 1 race that is held annually as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The race is staged at the Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne Victoria and is today worth up to $750,000 in prize money. The Manikato Stakes is named after outstanding Australian race horse Manikato who recorded some remarkable victories at the Moonee Valley and was one of the most loved horses in Australia.
The Manikato Stakes debuted in 1968 as the Freeway Stakes but the name was changed in 1984 in honor of Manikato. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the major races in Australia and especially in Victoria. Buffering was the proud winner of the 2013 edition of the Manikato Stakes after the horse produced a remarkable sprint to beat Lucky Nine and Sessions into second and third respectively. The Manikato Stakes is run over 1200M and the distance often favors seasoned sprinters.
The event features on the same day as the Group 2 Moone Valley Fillies Classic which should complete a great line up of thrilling racing. Over the last few years, the Manikato Stakes has largely been won by a top class and elite horse. The ideal build up races for the Manikato Stakes include the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes, the Group 2 McEwen Stakes or the Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes. The race has been graced by the finest race horses in Australia some of who have gone on to make it big in other events.
Last year, Buffering came close to a Manikato Stakes and AJ Moir Stakes double running second in the latter only to claim the Manikato Stakes title weeks later. Horses that perform well in the race can move on to take on the WS Cox Plate. The Manikato Stakes is a great platform for elite sprinters to make their mark on the Melbourne Spring Carnival and the race should be an ideal pick for horse racing fans in Victoria looking to enjoy pulsating and exciting sprinting talents from across the country.
Manikato Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Lankan Rupee||Angelic Light||Famous Seamus||1:10.3|
|2012||Sea Siren||Mental||We’re Gonna Rock||1:11.3|
|2011||Sepoy||Sister Madly||More Joyous||1:11.0|
|2010||Hay List||True Persuasion||Eagle Falls||1:09.9|
|2008||Typhoon Zed||Absolut Glam||Kaphero||1:10.6|
|2007||Gold Edition||Vormista||Dr Nipandtuck||1:10.6|
|2006||Miss Andretti||Dance Hero||Sassbee||1:09.2|
|2005||Spark Of Life||Perfectly Ready||Our Egyptian Raine||1:11.5|
|2004||Spark Of Life||Yell||Dilly Dally||1:13.3|
|2003||Spinning Hill||True Glo||The Big Chill||1:11.2|
|2002||Spinning Hill||Bel Esprit||Mistegic||1:10.5|
|2000||Sunline||Honour The Name||Miss Pennymoney||1:11.6|
|1998||Dane Ripper||Sir Boom||Theatre||1:12.3|
|1997||Spartacus||Poetic King||Cut Up Rough||1:11.3|
|1996||Poetic King||You Remember||Sequalo||1:12.3|
|1994||Spanish Mix||Primacy||Chemin De Fer||1:10.6|
|1993||Never Undercharge||Silver Neon||Prince Acumen||1:13.6|
|1991||Sonic Express||Wrap Around||Street Ruffian||1:12.6|
|1990||Street Ruffian||Jet Fighter||Kings High||1:12.1|
|1988||Rancho Ruler||Special||Our Westminster||1:10.7|