2019 Manikato Stakes: The best sprinters in the world embark on Moonee Valley

The Group 1 Manikato Stakes is one of the biggest sprinting races in Australia and it's held the night before the Cox Plate
Vega Magic will be tough to beat in the Manikato Stakes. (Getty Images)
Vega Magic will be tough to beat in the Manikato Stakes. (Getty Images)

2019 Manikato Stakes Tips & Betting Predictions

The Manikato Stakes is one of the biggest sprint races in Australia and the atmosphere on Friday night at Moonee Valley is insane. Held the night before the Cox Plate, the 1200m feature includes Australia's best sprinters.

With The Everest having already run, many of the runners could have come through Australia's richest race to run in the Manikato Stakes and it's truly one of the most exciting races anywhere in the world.

Manikato Stakes Race Details

Date: October 25, 2019
Time: 8:40 pm AEST
Racecourse: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Race Distance: 1200m
Conditions: WFA
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2018 Manikato Stakes result

Brave Smash pulled off an upset win in the 2018 Manikato Stakes. The former Japanese sprinter, now with Darren Weir, came with a big run down the outside to defeat European contender Spirit of Valour. 

We labeled Brave Smash as the best roughie tip. Here's what we had to say about the eventual winner.

"We're big fans of the former Japanese runner and although his form was inconsistent last season, he has always shown the ability to win on the big stage. His breakthrough win came in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield in February and he followed that up with a narrow placing behind Redkirk Warrior in the Newmarket Handicap.

A son of Tosen Stardom, Brave Smash also defied the odds to run third in the 2017 Everest and despite running last of 10 runners in the All Aged Stakes, he had come to the end of his preparation and he should be ready to fire come spring time."

Bill Rosenthal 29 October 2018

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