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2019 Manikato Stakes - Can 3YO form hold up against the older horses at The Valley?

The 3YO's hold the key in betting for the feature sprint race at Moonee Valley on Friday
Bivouac is a leading chance for the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. (Getty Images)

Manikato Stakes

  • DateFri 23 Oct, 2020
  • Race Time10:30
  • RacecourseMoonee Valley
  • Race Distance1200 metres
  • ConditionsWeight-for-age
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$1,000,000

2019 Manikato Stakes Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

The Manikato Stakes is a featured Group 1 which kicks off a two-day carnival at Moonee Valley.

Held for Australia’s best sprinters, the Manikato Stakes has a different look to it this season. None of The Everest runners are backing up, instead we have an age-group star heading the betting.

Bivouac is the odds-on favourite to win and rightfully so, but can the even field cause an upset this Friday night?

2019 Manikato Stakes Field & Odds

1Rock Magic5C GangemiJ Noske26.00
2The Bostonian3T PikeD Lane6.50
3Faatinah8Lindsay ParkJ Kah18.00
4Ashlor7D McCarthyD Stackhouse81.00
5Vital Silver9D & B PearceB Melham18.00
6Trope10Team HawkesD Dunn8.50
7Winter Bride6Team EdmondsT Berry41.00
8Meryl4L CurtisD Yendall61.00
9Bivouac1J CummingsK McEvoy1.80
10Anaheed11P & P SnowdenT Clark15.00
11Loving Gaby2Maher/EustaceC Williams8.50

2019 Manikato Stakes Best Bet – Bivouac @ 1.80

Bivouac has shown great form this season and although he has yet to race against older horses, he runs the times.

Trained by James Cummings, the three-year-old by Exceed And Excel has won five of his nine starts, including a win over Yes Yes Yes last start at Rosehill.

That form has since been franked by Yes Yes Yes winning The Everest and that’s a main reason why Bivouac is the odds-on favourite here.

Drawing barrier one and running with only 53kg on his back is a huge positive. 

His current odds of 1.80 should stay firm as there hasn’t been much early support for any other runner.

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2019 Manikato Stakes Best Each Way – The Bostonian @ 6.50

The Bostonian carries the big weight but he has Group 1 wins to his record and that’s a big plus against this field.

He’s a Kiwi-trained runner for Tony Pike, which finished nicely for third behind Trekking in the Scillachi Stakes and Trekking has since placed in The Everest.

He has been warming up nicely for this run and he should run well in his grand final.

The Bostonian is a winner of almost $1.3 million and with nine wins from 19 starts, he deserves to be respected.

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2019 Manikato Stakes Best Roughie – Anaheed @ 15.00

Anaheed isn’t quite up to this level of racing, but getting in with only 51kg on her back makes her a threat.

The Snowden-trained filly is a four-time winner from 10 starts and there are some positives in her favour.

The light weight is ideal and she gets Tim Clark in the saddle. He is the best front-running jockey in Australia and we’re expecting Anaheed to ride the pace.

If she is able to get a soft lead in front, she has the ability to give a kick at the top of the straight.

Moonee Valley is ideal for front runners and Anaheed fits the bill nicely. 

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Manikato Stakes FAQ

When is the 2019 Manikato Stakes?

The 2019 Manikato Stakes is run on Friday October 25, 2019. It's the feature race on the night-racing circuit.

Where is the Manikato Stakes held?

The Manikato Stakes is held at Moonee Valley or The Valley. It has been run there for years and remains one of the featured sprint races at the race track.

What distance is the Manikato Stakes?

The sprinters run over 1200m, which requires the field to run around one turn. Moonee Valley is a tight-turning track, so runners drawn wide over the distance often struggle.

Where can you bet on the Manikato Stakes?

Punters can have a bet on the Manikato Stakes at bet365. They offer fixed odds and futures markets for the big race.

Who won the 2018 Manikato Stakes?

Former Japanese star Brave Smash caused an upset when winning the 2018 Manikato Stakes after running in The Everest.

How can I live stream the Manikato Stakes?

BetEasy has free live streaming of the Manikato Stakes. 


Bivouac is the odds-on favourite and it's tough to disagree with his form this season. He has form around Yes Yes Yes and that bodes well.

The Bostonian is the best proven Group 1 winner in the field and shouldn't be overlooked.

Anaheed is a light weight danger with some luck.
Best Bet: Bivouac @1.80 at bet365 - 10 Units
Best Each Way: The Bostonian @6.50 at bet365 - 3 Units
Best Roughie: Anaheed @15.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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