MANIKATO STAKES HISTORY

Named in honour of the Australian Hall of Fame sprinter, Manikato was renowned for his deeds at The Valley in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

Costing just $3,500, the son of Manihi became the second horse in Australian history to earn over $1 million ($1,154,210) from his twenty career victories – two of which came in the race named in his honour today.

Manikato is buried at The Valley Racecourse, the scene where he famously took out the William Reid Stakes on five consecutive occasions (1979-83). The top heavy chestnut gelding would also achieve the rare feet of taking out the classic juvenile double in the Blue Diamond Stakes and the Golden Slipper and raced on to his six year-old year with 47 starts of which he was triumphant on 29 occasions.

The $1 million Group 1 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes is run over 1200 metres on Day One of the Ladbrokes Cox Plate Carnival (formerly known as the Freeway Stakes between 1968-1983). Run at weight-for-age conditions, the event is held under the famous lights at The Valley and despite the remarkable difference in distance – four horses in Strawberry Road (1983), Rubiton (1987), Dane Ripper (1997) and Sunline (2000) – have been able to complete the Manikato Stakes-Cox Plate double.

There have been many mouth-watering clashes as Australia’s best sprinters have gone head to head around The Valley’s tight circumference to do battle.

Manikato himself first took out the event 12 years after the races inception – 11 years after the mighty Vain won the race in 1969. You can’t look too far down the honour roll without being struck by stardom from champion stallion Redoute’s Choice to international superstar and track record holder Miss Andretti (1.09.29). In recent times Black Caviar’s nemesis Hay List, dominant colt Sepoy, Queensland’s warrior Buffering and two of the most dominant sprinters of the modern era, Lankan Rupee and Chautauqua, have raised the trophy.

Past Winners


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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