2017 Manikato Stakes – Preview and Tips

Manikato Stakes, Moonee Valley Tips 1200m

It’s like a re-run of the Moir Stakes and The Everest, with the sharpshooting sprinters returning for another taste of evening racing at Moonee Valley this Friday night for the feature event: the Manikato Stakes.

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An eleven horse field assembles for the 2017 Manikato Stakes. Here’s how they will line up on Friday night:

Manikato Stakes, 1200m, WFA, Friday 27 Oct 2017

1 CHAUTAUQUA (10), Team Hawkes, D Dunn, 58.5kg, $7.50
2 VEGA MAGIC (3), D & B Hayes & T Dabernig, C Williams, 58.5kg, $2.20
3 MALAGUERRA (11), P Gelagotis, D Oliver, 58.5kg, $18.00
4 HEY DOC (9), T McEvoy, L Currie, 58.5kg, $21.00
5 ROCK MAGIC (7), C Gangemi, J Noske, 58.5kg, $26.00
6 VOODOO LAD (1), D Weir, H Bowman, 58.5kg, $26.00 SCR
7 SPIETH (5), B Heys, N Rawiller, 5 58.5kg, $21.00
8 ENGLISH (6), G, Waterhouse & A Bott, M Zahra, 56.5kg, $13.00
9 IN HER TIME (2), B Smith, C Brown, 56.5kg, $5.00
10 VIDDORA (4), L Kennewell, J Bowditch, 56.5kg, $17.00
11 SUPER CASH (8), A Noblet, K Mallyon, 56.5kg, $19.00

He’s won the race before, and is assured of equine greatness when he retires. Chautauqua ran ok in The Everest, though jockey Brenton Avdulla was flogged for the ride; the Grey Flash navigating traffic through the midfield to finish a creditable fourth. He’s finding his feet again, but a wide draw will certainly see him swooping from the back. Dwayne Dunn takes the ride. The crowd will definitely be giving him a gee-up on Friday night, just like they used to do with Manikato back in the day. Go you good thing! $7.50

If he’d been closer to the leader, Vega Magic could have won The Everest. Still, this is a serious racehorse, who could be the next Buffering, or even the next Manikato! Built like the proverbial ‘Brick..’, I’m thinking he could be the one to beat. A handy draw will help his cause immeasurably. Get on him quick before his price goes through the floor! $2.20

On his day, Malaguerra is a very good sprinter. And that’s just the problem, which day is that? He’s got the widest draw and will be off the speed, watch him come home like a train, if D Oliver can steer a safe passage through the field. $18.00

A talented three-year-old last season, Hey Doc came into the new preparation on the back of a Group 3 win first up, but then faded badly in the Makybe Diva Stakes (won by Humidor), after having led. I’m not sure the shortened sprint distance of the Manikato is his go, but trainer Tony McEvoy seems to think so, and in the end, it might be an inspired decision. Can he become a converted sprinter? Take on trust. $21.00

West Australian Rock Magic impressed in the Moir Stakes finishing a close up fourth. He hung around in Melbourne, running third to Super Cash in the Schillaci last start. He’s a wily old campaigner at 8 years old, knows his way around Moonee Valley, and is still enjoying his racing so it would seem. Not without a chance. $26.00

Not far behind Rock Magic in the Moir Stakes was the Darren Weir galloper Voodoo Lad. He’s had three starts back this campaign, and judging by that Moir form-line, he should be right in the firing line for this. Considering Rebel Dane jumped out of his skin to win last year’s race at a reasonable price, it shouldn’t surprise if Voodoo Lad got up to take the chocolates. Some brave punter might make a few bucks at his starting price. $26.00

The talented sprinter Spieth is good enough to win a race like this – on his day. Unfortunately, his form hasn’t been that great this preparation; two starts, his effort in the Gilgai Stakes (second last) wasn’t a good stepping stone into a race like this. $21.00.

I do like the chances of the Sydney mare English. I thought her run in The Everest was very good, only 3 lengths off the winner in sixth place. Already a Group 1 winner, and a Golden Slipper second-placegetter, she is just the sort of horse to break through for a victory in a race like the Manikato in Melbourne. Mark Zahra gets the ride. $13.00

The big shaker and mover in the race is Newcastle mare In Her Time. She has come into prominence after her two latest wins; both at Randwick – in the Premiere Stakes, and the Sydney Stakes, the latter run on Everest Day. This is her first trip to Melbourne, and probably also her first professional go on a left-handed track. Despite the form, coming to grips with a new way of racing on a tight turning track like Moonee Valley could be her undoing. However, on form, you’ll need to squeeze her into your calculations somewhere. $5.00

The South Australian visitor Viddora was near enough to a sure thing in the Moir Stakes until She Will Reign arrived on the scene – right at the finish line. An amazing finish, and the form-line reads very strong considering what Gary Portelli’s filly has been able to accomplish. Trainer Lloyd Kennewell should have every reason to feel confident, as Viddora returns to the scene of the crime. Can she crack a Group 1 victory among top-flight rivals? She should go close once again. $17.00

Andrew Noblet’s Super Cash is not without a chance, even if the good money is going elsewhere. A last start winner on Caulfield Guineas day in the Schillaci Stakes, and with Katelyn Mallyon onboard (who won a Group 1 sprint at the Valley earlier in the year on Silent Sedition); these two could combine to cause a minor upset, but there will need to be a planetary alignment to occur first. Good for your multiples and place bets. $19.00

Winner
Vega Magic

Trifecta
Vega Magic, In Her Time, Chautauqua

Best Roughie
Super Cash $19.00

Best Value
Viddora $17.00

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