Manikato Stakes

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Manikato Stakes
Group 1 race
Location Moonee Valley Racecourse
Melbourne, Victoria
Inaugurated 1968
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Sponsor Sportingbet
Website MVRC official website
Race information
Distance 1,200 metres
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Weight for Age
Purse $1,000,000 (2014)

The Manikato Stakes is a Moonee Valley Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for horses aged three years old and over under Weight for age conditions, over a distance of 1200 metres. It is held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia in late October.[1] Total prize money for the race is A$1,000,000

Race History[edit]

The race is named after the great race horse Manikato who won this race twice as well as winning 5 consecutive wins in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley from 1979 to 1983.

In 2009 the event was part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series with the winner of the Manikato Stakes automatically qualifying for a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in the United States.

From 2012, the race date is moved to Cox Plate Carnival Friday night.[1]

While the race is a sprinter's race there are 4 winners who have won the prestigious W S Cox Plate:

Race distance[edit]

  • 1968–1971 - 6 furlongs (~1200 metres)
  • 1972 onwards - 1200 metres

Race grade[edit]

  • 1968–1978 - Principal race
  • 1979–1988 - Group 2 race
  • 1989 onwards - Group 1 race

Race name[edit]

  • 1968–1983 - Freeway Stakes
  • 1984 onwards - Manikato Stakes

Race record[edit]

Time: Track record for the 1200 metres at Moonee Valley is 1:09.29 set by Miss Andretti in this race 2006.[2]

The winners[edit]

  • 2014 - Lankan Rupee [3]
  • 2013 - Buffering[4]
  • 2012 - Sea Siren[5]
  • 2011 - Sepoy[6][7]
  • 2010 - Hay List[8]
  • 2009 - Danleigh[9]
  • 2008 - Typhoon Zed[10][11]
  • 2007 - Gold Edition[12][13]
  • 2006 - Miss Andretti[14]
  • 2005 - Spark Of Life[15]
  • 2004 - Spark Of Life
  • 2003 - Spinning Hill
  • 2002 - Spinning Hill
  • 2001 - Piavonic
  • 2000 - Sunline
  • 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 Westminster
  • 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Winners and Past Results for the Manikato Stakes". Pro Group Racing Australia. 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Manikato Stakes". australianracingreport.com. 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "2014 Result". breednet.com. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  4. ^ 2013 result
  5. ^ 2012 result
  6. ^ 2011 result
  7. ^ Sepoy's Manikato Stakes win rated his best
  8. ^ 2010 result
  9. ^ 2009 result
  10. ^ 2008 result
  11. ^ Typhoon Zed hangs on in Manikato Stakes
  12. ^ 2007 result
  13. ^ Gold Edition wins Manikato Stakes
  14. ^ 2006 result
  15. ^ 2005 result