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Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2018 Manikato Stakes. The race will take place on Friday, 26 October, 2018, and will headline the Cox Plate eve program at Moonee Valley

Some of the world's best sprinters will line up under the lights at Moonee Valley chasing the Group 1 prize.

We provide you with Manikato Stakes tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live Manikato Stakes stream to watch the race unfold.

MANIKATO STAKES TIPS

Looking for the winner of the Manikato Stakes can be a daunting task, but keeping some important factors on your side can help you.  

Our experts assess all the Manikato Stakes runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2018 Manikato Stakes tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2018 Manikato Stakes tips and selections ahead of the big race.

MANIKATO STAKES ODDS

Leading bookmakers BetEasy and Ladbrokes have the latest 2018 Manikato Stakes betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.

MANIKATO STAKES LIVE STREAM

Australia's leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Manikato Stakes (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Moonee Valley races streamed live online at Ladbrokes, BetEasy or Sportsbet. To find out how to stream the 2018 Manikato Stakes live, see our guide to watch the race.

MANIKATO STAKES BONUS BETS

The Manikato Stakes features a host of special offers from bookmakers and that includes the opportunity to claim bonus bets when becoming a new customer before the race. A range of bonus bets and special offers, deposit matches, first bet matches and no deposit bets are available from the bookmakers to take advantage of throughout the year.

MANIKATO STAKES HISTORY

The Manikato Stakes is a premier Group 1 sprint race held at Moonee Valley on the day before the Cox Plate meeting. 

The feature takes place under the lights on Friday night, is run under weight-for-age (WFA) conditions over 1200 metres and carries prizemoney of $1 million.

That figure makes it one of the richest WFA sprint races in the country.

First run in 1968 and won by Winfreux, it was then known as the Freeway Stakes until it was changed to its current name in 1984, in honour of the great Manikato who won this race in 1979 and again in 1982. 

During his illustrious career, Manikato developed a love for the tight Moonee Valley circuit which suited his front running style of racing. Before he retired, he was accredited with winning the 1982 Moir Stakes, and no less than five consecutive William Reid Stakes, all run at The Valley.

The Manikato Stakes attracts some of the best sprinters in the land who are all returning for the major sprint races run during the Melbourne Spring Carnival. 

From the Manikato Stakes, many horses venture onto the Darley Classic on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington, which is the last Group 1 sprint race of the carnival.

The honour roll for this event reads as the who’s who of champion sprinters with names like Vain (1969), Strawberry Road (1983), Rubiton (1987) and in later years Dane Ripper (1998), Redoute’s Choice (1999), the mighty mare Sunline (2000), Miss Andretti (2006), Hay List (2010), Buffering (2013), Lankan Rupee (2014) and Chautauqua (2015).

A listed race until 1978, it was then upgraded to a Group 2 and remained that way until after Our Westminster’s victory when it earned Group 1 status. 

Manikato Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000Sunline
2001Piavonic
2002Spinning Hill
2003Spinning Hill
2004Spark Of Life
2005Spark Of Life
2006Miss Andretti
2007Gold Edition
2008Typhoon Zed
2009Danleigh
2010Hay List
2011Sepoy
2012Sea Siren
2013Buffering
2014Lankan Rupee
2015Chautauqua
2016Rebel Dane
2017Hey Doc

MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE

Horse racing action has taken place at Moonee Valley Racecourse since 1883 including the memorable Cox Plate victories of Dulcify, Kingston Town, Surround and Sunline. 

A record crowd of over 50,000, meanwhile, witnessed the ‘race of the century’ in 1986 between Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star,

The Cox Plate is the showpiece event at Moonee Valley each year. Named after course founder William Samuel Cox, the prestigious Cox Plate was first run in 1922 and has since developed into one of the world’s biggest international thoroughbred races. 

Cox purchased a farm belonging to John F. Feehan and developed what is now known as Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Since the Cox Plate was founded in 1922, Cox Plate day has developed into a celebration of sport and fashion as Australia’s most profile individuals descend upon Moonee Valley to showcase the latest style each October. 

It is now widely-viewed as one of the biggest social experiences in the sporting calendar each year and routinely attracts a stellar capacity crowd.

Moonee Valley hosts a total of four Group 1 races during the season, including three sprint races contested at a distance of 1200m.

The Manikato Stakes, Moir Stakes and William Reid Stakes all see speedy types clash at Moonee Valley, while the jewel of the crown is the Cox Plate, one third of Australia's triple crown.

The racetrack is home to the Moonee Valley Racing Club and is situated just six kilometres from Melbourne City Centre.

Moonee Valley Track Description

Moonee Valley Racecourse boasts a unique rectangle-shaped track with a circumference of just over 1800m. 

Moonee Valley is widely-recognised for its short home-straight of only 173m, making it the shortest of every course in Australia. 

The unique, tight turning cambered circuit favours horses that are trained on small tracks such as Mornington, while horses trained on large open tracks such as Flemington can find it a difficult track to master. 

The short straight favours on pace runners although it is possible for horses to make ground from the rear, providing they make a well-timed run.

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