Winners and Past Results for the Manfred Stakes
The Group 3 Manfred Stakes is held at Caulfield Racecourse under the administration of the Melbourne Racing Club. It is for three-year-olds and is run at set weights over 1200 metres.
History of the Manfred Stakes
The race was first run in 1968 and was named in honour of the horse Manfred that was a big winner in 1925 and 1926 as the winner of the W S Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup, Australian Jockey Club Derby and Victoria Derby. All four were Principal races at the time and are now classified as Group 1 races./p>
It was known as the Manfred Stakes from the first year through 1978 until fizzy drink maker Schweppes added its name to the race in some form from 1979 through 2005.
The Manfred Stakes was called the Wellington Racing Club Stakes from 2007 through 2010. Why a Victorian race accepted a New Zealand racing club for a namesake is a head-scratcher, until sponsorship money is factored into the mix.
It is, from 2011, the Manfred Stakes again.
It was considered a Principal race from its inception until the Group classification system came along. It was declared Group 3 level in 1979 and remained so until 1991, when it was relegated to Listed status, where it remained through 2013, when it was bumped back to Group 3.
There have been many changes to the distance over the year, beginning as 6 furlongs during the dim days before the metric system. It has been 1400 metres, 1600 metres and the odd 1300 metres (2011 only) and has been 1200 metres from 2016 onwards.
While at first glance the Manfred Stakes seems a minor race, in 1972, 1973 and 1976, it was run in divisions.
The race has always been held at Caulfield Racecourse, with the exception of 1996, 2011 and 2015, when it shifted to Sandown Racecourse while Caulfield was being spruced.
Caulfield Racecourse stages meetings about 20 times per year, with Group races in the spring and autumn.
The Caulfield Cup is the most prestigious race held at the course and could be said to be one of the top three or five races staged in Australia, depending on which criteria are selected.
Racing History of the Manfred Stakes
As the Australian Thoroughbred racing calendar currently stands, the Manfred Stakes is the first Group race for three-year-olds in the calendar year.
As a sprinter’s trip for three-year-olds, it might serve as a guide for the better races ahead during the autumn campaigns. Most horses, the better types that is, are running the Manfred Stakes first up after a winter spell.
Super Seth was the winner in 2020. He won the Manfred Stakes following a win in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas. He never won after taking the Manfred Stakes. He ran a close second to Streets Of Avalon next time out in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes, but three unplaced finishes saw his career come to a close, to take a job as a stud for Waikato Stud in New Zealand.
As an age restricted race, the Manfred Stakes does not have a repeat winner, obviously, but the list of previous winners is notable for its lack of any truly significant winning horses.
One exception is 2005 Manfred Stakes winner Niconero. will
He made 55 jumps for 13 wins and 10 placings and in the process earned almost $3.5 million. He won Group 1 races in Western Australia and the Group 1 Futurity Stakes subsequent to running second in the C F Orr Stakes in 2008.
Niconero won the Futurity Stakes again in 2009 at Caulfield at backed that win with a win in the Group 1 Australian Cup at Flemington. He did a couple of overseas stints, racing in Dubai and Hong Kong.
One other worth mentioning is 2000 winner Freemason.
Freemason won some bigger races and earned about $3.5 million. His claim to fame, though, was winning the 2003 Group 1 BMW Stakes, where he beat the champion Northerly.
After mentioning Freemason, it is only fair to bring up Haradasun, which won the race in 2007 and also won at Group 1 level, including the Doncaster Handicap and the George Ryder Stakes in 2007, after which he traveled to England to win the Queen Anne Stakes in 2008.
The Manfred Stakes is a race worth watching to gain some insight over which three-year-olds show promise.
Several winners have gone on to win bigger races, but even those Manfred Stakes winners that remained obscure frequently had productive careers, including high finishes in high level races.
|Year||MRC Manfred Stakes Winner|
|2011||Enjin Number Nine|
|2006||Thin And Crispy|
|2004||Keep The Faith|
|1984||Pride Of Kellina|
|1983||To The Wind|