Manikato Stakes Field – 2016

View the Final Field for the 2016 Manikato Stakes. The Manikato Stakes will be run on Friday 21st October at Moonee Valley racecourse with the rail in the true position.

A final field of 11 horses will line-up in the race with multiple G1 winners Buffering and Chautauqua headlining the race.

Of the 11 horses there are 10 individual Group 1 winners with the only horse in the field not to win a G1 being Fell Swoop.

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1BUFFERINGRobert HeathcoteDamian Browne258.5kg
2CHAUTAUQUAMichael, Wayne & John HawkesDwayne Dunn158.5kg
3LUCKY HUSSLERDarren WeirBrad Rawiller1058.5kg
4UNDER THE LOUVRERobert SmerdonChris Parnham558.5kg
5REBEL DANEGary PortelliBen Melham458.5kg
6THE QUARTERBACKRobbie GriffithsMatthew Allen1158.5kg
7JAPONISMEChris WallerGlyn Schofield858.5kg
8FELL SWOOPMatthew DaleHugh Bowman358.5kg
9HOLLERJohn O’SheaJames McDonald758.5kg
10ENGLISHGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottSam Clipperton956.5kg
11CAPITALISTPeter & Paul SnowdenKerrin McEvoy653kg

Barrier Draw:

Last years winner and champion sprinter Chautauqua dominates the betting in the race with his odds at $2.10 before the final field and barrier draw was conducted but has landed himself a tricky draw getting barrier 1 which has seen him drift to $2.25.

Crowd favourite Buffering has drawn well in the way of barrier 2.


The inside barrier is not what Dwayne Dunn wanted for Chautauqua in the 2016 Manikato Stakes but the jockey is hoping the star sprinter’s class will prevail in the $1 million race.

Dunn was sidelined through suspension when Tommy Berry steered Chautauqua to victory in the Group One sprint a year ago.

But he will be back in the hot seat on Friday night at Moonee Valley when the champion sprinter bids to bounce back from a first-up fourth in the Moir Stakes.

He steps to 1200m which Dunn insists is more suitable and the Hawkes Racing-trained sprinter is the $2.10 favourite.

Dunn admits he would have liked to have drawn out wider in the field of 11 which includes 10 individual Group One winners.

“It’s not going to make my job easy,” Dunn said.

“I’m just going to have to play the cards that are dealt to me now. He doesn’t have to go back to last but if the tempo is fast enough it probably suits me to round them up.

“Hopefully there’s not too much rain around either and the inside isn’t totally cast.

“We know he’s a superstar and hopefully he turns up on Friday night.”

Dunn said he and the connections walked away a little disappointed after the Moir Stakes.

“We expected him to go there and probably win,” he said.

“But when we went through his sectionals he ran exactly the same splits as what he did the year before to win the McEwen Stakes.

“I think he’s still going as well as what he can do.

“He’s got a big campaign mapped out if things go to plan. We’ll know on Friday night where he’s at.”

The Moir was won by Extreme Choice and another three-year-old looms as one of the main Manikato chances with Golden Slipper winner Capitalist on the second line of betting at $6.

Capitalist is trained by Peter and Paul Snowden and will be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.

McEvoy won on the Manikato on Peter Snowden-trained Sepoy in 2011, the last time a three-year-old was successful.

Buffering finished fourth that year and the now nine-year-old will be lining up in his sixth-straight Manikato.

The 2013 winner has barrier two and is at $12.

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