Manikato Stakes

Manikato Stakes

Winners and Past Results for the Manikato Stakes

Melbourne's horse racing tracks witnesses the best contenders face off in numerous black type races throughout the year, which includes the Group 1 Manikato Stakes hosted by Moonee Valley Racing Club at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

In 2009, the Manikato Stakes moved to the Friday night. The 1200 metre weight for age race is held in October during the spring racing carnival the day before the Cox Plate.

Prize money for the Manikato Stakes is worth $1,000,000. THE Manikato Stakes from 2013 will join the Newmarket Handicap and Patinack Farm Classic as $1 million sprint race events in Victoria. Bob Scarborough, the Moonee Valley chairman announced a $250,000 injection of prize money to the weight-for-age sprint.

The Manikato Stakes was known as the Freeway Stakes between 1968 and 1983 after which it has been held in honour of one of Australia's finest and most loved Thoroughbred horses, Manikato, who finished with a career best of 29 wins and 13 places from just 47 starts. Manikato's numerous victories included two Freeway Stakes in 1979 and 1982. Manikato also posted five consecutive wins in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes between 1979 and 1983.

The Manikato Stakes, most often the race is usually bagged by a better sprinter who can take advantage of the level weights. Horses that compete in the Manikato Stakes ought to be followed closely for the rest of the season.

Prior the the race being moved to the Friday night, the night before the Cox Plate, it had produced several WS Cox Plate winners while many have gone on to win or place well in numerous other group races. Strawberry Road, Rubiton, Dane Ripper, and Sunline in 2000-01 are some of the classy gallopers to win a Manikato Stakes / Cox Plate double.

Year Manikato Stakes Winners
2017 Hey Doc
2016 Rebel Dane
2015 Chautauqua
2014 Lankan Rupee
2013 Buffering
2012 Sea Siren
2011 Sepoy
2010 Hay List
2009 Danleigh
2008 Typhoon Zed
2007 Gold Edition
2006 Miss Andretti
2005 Spark Of Life
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
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