Tony & Calvin
I Am Invincible
Ciaron Maher &
Tosen Phantom (JPN)
Tosen Smash (JPN)
Encosta de Lago
Michael, Wayne &
Estelle Collection (NZ)
Express a Smile
Elusive Quality (USA)
Peter & Paul
Statue Of Liberty (USA)
Royal Diploma (USA)
Spark Of Life
Nine Carat (USA)
Spark Of Life
Dolphin Street (FR)
Desert Sun (GB)
Gold Carat (USA)
Super Blend (NZ)
Lord Seymour (IRE)
Wear The Crown
Family Of Man
Piper Street Push
Touch Of Genius
Ease The Squeeze
Due to covid restrictions there was no public attendance on Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Night in 2020, but that took nothing away from the high caliber racing on display as we saw three new track records set in the final three races on the card.
Written Beauty clocked 56.92 over the 1000m course, Groundswell led all the way over 1500m in 1:29.59, and in the feature Hey Doc set the new 1200m benchmark at 1:08.76.
With the bulk of the predicted rain missing us until later that night, the track was playing firm and fast, and the conditions set up for an epic tussle between the nine star sprinters who took their place in the $1M Group 1.
Charter Keck Cramer Moir Stakes winner Pippie mustered speed and led them at great pace from barrier 1, but ultimately it was Godolphin’s Trekking and Tony & Calvin McEvoy’s Hey Doc who handled the high pressure best and paired down to fight out the race in the final 100m.
Staving the challengers off for victory, Hey Doc and Luke Currie secured Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes number two, after the duo also saluted back in 2017.
Trekking filled second position again after he was also runner-up in the Charter Keck Cramer Moir Stakes, Dirty Work battled on gamely for third, Brooklyn Hustle flashed home for fourth and 2018 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes placegetter Kementari was fifth.
1:08.76 was the official time, with Hey Doc breaking Runson’s previous 1200m track record by 0.01 of a second and claiming his fourth Group 1.
2021 LADBROKES MANIKATO STAKES (GROUP 1)
MOONEE VALLEY RACING CLUB
FRIDAY, 22nd of OCTOBER, 2021
Total Value of race $1,015,000
(3YO & UP – 52nd of Series)
STANDARD WEIGHT FOR AGE
(No allowances for Apprentices) 1200 Metres
Of AUD$1,000,000 and $15,000 trophies.
First $600,000 and trophies of $10,000 to owner $2,500 to trainer $2,500 to jockey.
Second $180,000, Third $90,000, Fourth $45,000, Fifth
$25,000, Sixth $20,000, Seventh $20,000 and Eighth $20,000.
All Entry & Acceptance Fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
($550) close at 12 noon (EST) on Tuesday 28th September, 2021 at RISA Trainers Service Centre, 400 Epsom Road, Flemington 3031.
FIRST LATE ENTRY FEE
($1650) any horse not previously entered may be entered before 12 noon (EST) on Tuesday 5 October, 2021.
($880) close 12 noon, (EDST) on Tuesday 12 October, 2021.
FINAL LATE ENTRY FEE
($55,000) any horse which has not previously entered, or for which entry or declaration of acceptance has lapsed, may be entered before 12 noon (EDST) on Monday, 25 October, 2021.
($11,000) close 8.30am, (EDST) on Tuesday 26 October, 2021.
12 noon, (EDST) on Tuesday 26 October, 2021.
NB: Any horse for which declaration has not been received at closing time will be automatically withdrawn.
LR 21D (1) (Weight For Age Races & Set Weights Races) See notice to trainers section.
(1) In the event of a horse being eliminated under the balloting conditions, only the Final Acceptance fee ($11,000) shall be refunded.
(2) The further Late Entry fee ($55,000) includes the final declaration fee and is non-refundable, other than in exceptional circumstances as determined by the Directors, at their discretion.
(3) All currency amounts quoted are Australian dollars ($AUD).
The Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes is a Weight-for-Age race for horses aged three years and above, run over 1200m with a total prizemoney pool of $1million.
The Manikato Stakes was named after Champion Australian thoroughbred Manikato who won five William Reid Stakes, two Freeway Stakes (now Manikato Stakes) and one Moir Stakes here at The Valley.
Since 2012 the Manikato Stakes has been run on Cox Plate Eve, now forming part of the LEGENDARY two-day Ladbrokes Cox Plate Carnival.
Alongside the Moir Stakes, it is the richest race in Australia run under lights.
2020 – Hey Doc (Tony & Calvin McEvoy – Luke Currie). 2019 – Loving Gaby (Ciaron Maher & David Eustace – Craig Williams).
Due to covid restrictions there was no public attendance on Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Night in 2020, but that took nothing away from the high caliber racing.
Conditions of entering a horse into the Manikato Stakes
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 just 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 feat 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 $1M 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 when the Manikato Stakes was run in early September.
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. 2021 marks the 54th edition of the Manikato Stakes.
Manikato himself first took out the event 12 years after the race’s 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 Miss Andretti. 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, and in 2020 Hey Doc won his second Manikato and set a new 1200m track record running 1:08.76.
RACE FIRST RUN: Saturday, August 31, 1968
(Known as the Freeway Stakes, originally conducted in August, then September, then October)
LONGEST PRICED WINNERS
$61 (Rebel Dane-2016); $21 (Piavonic- 2001)
SHORTEST PRICED WINNERS
$1.50 (Hay List- 2010); $1.80 (Sepoy- 2011)
Bart Cummings, Bob Hoysted (4 wins)
Frank Reys (4 wins), Gary Willetts (3 wins)
The Manikato Stakes greatest winners:
Horses who have won two Manikato Stakes:
Mares who have won the Manikato Stakes: