Manikato Stakes

Group 1

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    Date: Oct 23, 2020
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    Racecourse: Moonee Valley
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    Race Distance: 1,200m
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    Prize Money: $1,000,000


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The Manikato Stakes is one of Australia’s premier Group 1 sprint races and is held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Victoria. It is raced over 1200m under weight-for-age conditions and has a $1 million prize pool. In 2020, it will be run on Friday, October 23.

Loving Gaby won the 2019 edition of the Manikato Stakes for the Maher and Eustace stable. Vital Silver finished second less than a length behind, meanwhile, Anaheed placed third. The field included some other strong runners as well, with The Bostonian, Bivouac and Faatinah all finishing back in the pack. After winning the Manikato, Loving Gaby placed second behind Nature Strip in the Group 1 Darley Sprint Classic.

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The race takes its name from legendary horse Manikato. He won a number of top races including the Caulfield Guineas, Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond Stakes. He also claimed victory in the William Reid Stakes a mammoth five times. In 2002, Manikato was inducted in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.

Some of the greats of the turf have won the Manikato Stakes over the years. Sunline crossed the line first in 2000, Miss Andretti won in 2006, Buffering was successful in 2013 and the grey flash, Chautauqua, claimed victory in 2015.

In 2019, Loving Gaby ran 1:09.29 to win the Manikato Stakes. It is the equal fastest time in the race over the last 20 years, with Miss Andretti also clocking 1:09.29 when she won in 2006.

Manikato Stakes Field

As mentioned, the Manikato Stakes is on Australia’s premier sprints and is used as a launching pad to the VRC Spring Classic. For that reason, the field is very strong, including many of the best sprinters from Australia and around the world. In 2020, nominations for the Manikato Stakes close on October 19, with final acceptances on October 21

Manikato Stakes Betting

The Manikato Stakes has been a mixed race for punters over the years, with one favourite winning over the last five years, and two runners with starting prices of over $20 also claiming victory. The most recent winner, Loving Gaby, had a starting price of $7 when she crossed the line first.

Manikato Stakes Results

1 Loving Gaby Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams $7
2 Vital Silver Daniel & Ben Pearce Ben Melham $31
3 Anaheed Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark $12
4 Rock Magic Chris Gangemi Jarrad Noske $41
5 The Bostonian Tony Pike Damian Lane $7.50
6 Bivouac James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy $1.80
7 Winter Bride Toby & Trent Edmonds Tommy Berry $41
8 Faatinah David Hayes Jamie Kah $26
9 Trope Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn $12
10 Ashlor Dan McCarthy Daniel Stackhouse $101
11 Meryl Lee Curtis Dean Yendall $41


2019 – Loving Gaby (1:09.29)
2018 – Brave Smash (1:09.36)
2017 – Hey Doc (1:09.96)
2016 – Rebel Dane (1:10.99)
2015 – Chautauqua (1:09.51)
2014 – Lankan Rupee (1:10.33)
2013 – Buffering (1:11.44)
2012 – Sea Siren (1:11.32)
2011 – Sepoy (1:11.08)
2010 – Hay List (1:09.94)