Manikato Stakes Tips & Preview 2022

Manikato Stakes Tips & Preview

Looking for Manikato Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley.


The last start Schillaci Stakes (1100m) winner, Paulele, heads the 14-horse field and four emergencies at the $3.60 quote with NEDS, while the quinella horses from the Moir Stakes (1000m) in Coolangatta and Bella Nipotina are next at $5. Rothfire is the other horse in single figures at $7. 

Eleven Eleven and the three-year-old, Best Of Bordeaux, are both at $15, while The Astrologist is at $17. The William Reid Stakes (1200m) winner at the track and trip from the autumn, September Run, is a $21 chance, while the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) winner, Roch’N’Horse, heads the rest at $26. 


Paulele missed out when resuming in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley, settling back in a slowly run race on the Soft 6 before sticking on in ok fashion to land over two lengths from Coolangatta. 

1200m suits alot better and the Godolphin galloper has since knocked over Ingratiating and Zoustyle over the 1100m at Caulfield, going 12.1 lengths faster than standard benchmark. 

He comes into this third up and in the autumn he improved more than three lengths on figures to go 10.1 lengths faster than standard when stepping up from the 1100m to the 1200m, placing 3rd of four runners in the Arrowfield Stakes. 

That is just inferior to what Coolangatta produced in the Moir with the Maher/Eustace filly going 12.2 lengths faster than standard. That was a personal best for the daughter of Written Tycoon. In the autumn she improved on figures when third up to place 3rd behind Fireburn in the Golden Slipper, Best Of Bordeaux was runner-up in that race. 

Not sure she is suited by the inside barrier unless she is able to kick up to lead. Monitor conditions on the night with a deluge forecast to hit the Valley on Friday night. 

Coolangatta comes into this without a run in between. Amongst the beaten brigade that night in the Moir were Bella Nipotina, who was runner-up, as well as Rothfire (5th), September Run (8th) and The Inferno (11th). 

The latter will be better suited out to the 1200m and with a better tempo, while Rothfire should also improve out to the 1200m and third up. 

Best Of Bordeaux and the fourth emergency, Sweet Ride, are the other three-year-olds in the race and produced the quinella in the Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on a Heavy track on October 8. Best Of Bordeaux went 1.2 lengths faster than standard. His personal best is the lowest of any runner in this field at just 6.6 lengths faster than standard. 

Eleven Eleven lit up track work at breakfast with the best at The Valley on Tuesday morning and comes into this first up. He was runner-up in the Kingsford Smith Stakes (1300m) back in the winter and was luckless in the Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone when resuming. 

Three contenders come out of the Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington from October 1 and they are Roch’N’Horse, who was runner-up in the Group 2 race, as well as The Astrologist (4th) and Shaquero (12th). 

Need to respect that form with the winner Private Eye, looking the winner in The Everest (1200m) at Randwick last weekend before being bloused late by Giga Kick, finishing runner-up behind the youngster. 

One of the big variables on Friday will be the conditions with up to 15mm of rain forecast to hit in the afternoon and evening. Unless we get to a Heavy, not too many should be disadvantaged. 



The three favoured runners in the market in Paulele, Coolangatta and Bella Nipotina look rock solid, while one at odds that I am also keen on is Roch’N’Horse. Concern for that horse is the wide barrier. Of the three favourites I just love the consistency that Bella Nipotina brings every time she steps out. She is proven at Moonee Valley over the 1200m with three runner-up performances from three starts, producing excellent figures in the process. She was luckless in this race last year. Soft track is no concern at all and she will be partnered by Craig Williams, who is fresh off an Everest win aboard Giga Kick.