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Manikato Stakes Horse Race

The Manikato Stakes race is a major sprint event for horse racing in Australia. Staged at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, the event is set to be run on October ( click here to learn more about group 1 horse races in Moonee Valley).

We’ve got all the information you need in advance of the Manikato Stakes (Group 1). Race history, past winners and barrier draw stats are all included.

Race History

The race was founded in 1968 and is named after the great Manikato, winner of five consecutive William Reid Stakes from 1979 to 1983.

A Principal Race for eleven years, it was upgraded to Group 2 status in 1988 and then to Group 1 level in 1989. Formerly known as the Freeway Stakes before being renamed for one of the greats. The event is now run as the Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes due to sponsorship.

Manikato Stakes Race Results 2020

Hey Doc was a good winner of the 2020 Manikato. Now a double winner, Hey Doc lead home this 1-2-3-4:

  1. Hey Doc (J: Luke Currie, T: Tony McEvoy)
  2. Trekking (J: John Allen, T: James Cummings)
  3. Dirty Work (J: William Pike, T: Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes)
  4. Brooklyn Hustle (J: Mark Zahra, T: Jason Warren)

Past Winners

There have been some star winners of the Manikato Stakes race. Here are the last ten successful horses:

  • 2020 – Hey Doc
  • 2019 – Loving Baby
  • 2018 – Brave Smash
  • 2017 – Hey Doc
  • 2016 – Rebel Dane
  • 2015 – Chautauqua
  • 2014 – Lankan Rupee
  • 2013 – Buffering
  • 2012 – Sea Siren
  • 2011 – Sepoy

Barrier Draw Statistics

The field barrier draw for the Manikato Stakes is all-important. There are two crucial turns to take in the Manikato Stakes race. With that, the final field barrier can prove to be a key betting stat.

Manikato Stakes Race Winners by Barrier

Here’s how each barrier has performed in terms of winners in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley since 1983:


There’s a fair spread here across the track. Being trapped on the inside may prove to be just as much of a disadvantage as being stuck out wide – at least according to the stats.

How to Live Stream the 2022 Manikato Stakes Race

The easiest way to live stream the Manikato Stakes race is via a good online bookmaker. You may have to have a funded account and/or take part in the Manikato Stakes betting somehow, so make sure you check out those T&C’s.

Live streaming with a good bookie comes with race commentary. All streams are in high definition too.


Your most important questions answered in advance of the 2023 Manikato.

The race is scheduled for Friday, October 21st, 2023.

The Manikato Stakes field will be chasing down a total purse of $1,000,000.

The race is run over the sprint distance of 1200 metres – around 6 furlongs.

Learn more about other Group 1 races in Moonee Valley, Melbourne

If you are looking for group 1 horse races in Moonee Valley racecourse, have a look at the pages listed below to get more information.

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