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|
|2005||Spark Of Life|
|2004||Spark Of Life|
|1985||Touch Of Genius|
|1977||Ease The Squeeze|