$501 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $501 in bonuses*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.

The Manikato Stakes is a 1200 metre weight-foro-age Group One sprint worth $1 million at Moonee Valley.

HISTORY:

* Formerly known as the Freeway Stakes, the race was renamed in 1984 in honour of the famed sprinter Manikato who won the race twice and is buried at Moonee Valley.

* First held in 1968 and won by Winfreux.

* Notable winners: Vain (1969), Century (1972) Manikato (1979 and 1982), Strawberry Road (1983) Rubiton (1987), Dane Ripper (1997), Sunline (2000).

* The race was moved in 2012 from September to the night before the Cox Plate. Before it’s new date four horses – Strawberry Road, Rubiton, Dane Ripper and Sunline completed the Manikato/Cox Plate double.

TALKING POINTS:

* Trainers Bob Hoysted and Bart Cummings won the race four times each – Hoysted with Scamanda (1976), Manikato (1979 and 1982) and Touch Of Genius (1985), Cummings with Century (1972), Lord Dudley (1975), Never Undercharge (1993) and Dane Ripper (1998).

* Fell Swoop is the only horse in the field yet to win a Group One race with his best finish second to Chautauqua in the TJ Smith Stakes in April.

THE TRACK:

* Moonee Valley is a StrathAyr track, a turf surface with a sand base, and is a tight turning track. It has a circumference of 1805 metres and the home straight is 173 metres.

THE FAVOURITE:

* Chautauqua won the race in 2015 and is the favourite to defend his title from barrier one. The Hawkes Racing-trained gelding has won three of his past five runs – Chairman’s Sprint Prize in Hong Kong, TJ Smith Stakes and Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.

WHAT SOME OF THE MAIN PLAYERS ARE SAYING:

“I’m just going to have to play the cards that are dealt to me now. He doesn’t have to go back to last but if the tempo is fast enough it probably suits me to round them up” – Chautauqua’s jockey Dwayne Dunn.

“She’s ready to pounce,” – English’s co-trainer Gai Waterhouse.

“I thought long and hard about it and I just thought it sets up well the way the three-year-olds have been racing against the older horses, that weight relief is very good. I know he’s meeting some good horses, but he’s a good sprinter” – Capitalist’s co-trainer Peter Snowden.

 
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $250*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $501*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $200*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first deposit
    matched
    up to
    $500*
    CLAIM NOW
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Railway Stakes Field – 2017

View the field for the 2017 Railway Stakes. The Railway Stakes will be run on Saturday 25th November at Ascot...

Strangles ban lifted on two stables

The quarantine order on two of Victorian trainer George Osborne stables has been lifted but a third remains classified as...

RV to look at Macedon Lodge structure

Leviathan owner Lloyd Williams will be interviewed by Victorian racing authorities over comments he made indicating he is the head...

Royal Ascot or a fourth Cox Plate for Winx

The team behind champion racehorse Winx is open to the mare going for a record fourth Cox Plate, but also...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2017 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved.

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.