Manikato Stakes nominations – 2015

View the nominations for the 2015 William Hill Manikato Stakes. The William Hill Manikato Stakes will be run on Friday 23rd October at Moonee Valley racecourse.

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Race 6 – William Hill Manikato Stakes (1200 METRES)
Of $1,000,000.1st $600,000, 2nd $180,000, 3rd $90,000, 4th $45,000, 5th $25,000, 6th $20,000, 7th $20,000, 8th $20,000 GROUP 1
Standard Weight for Age, Apprentices cannot claim.

Field Limit: 14 + 4 EM


Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 AFLEET ESPRIT M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2 ALPHA MISS M 4 Robert Smerdon
3 ANGELIC LIGHT M 6 Robbie Griffiths
4 BALL OF MUSCLE G 5 Joseph Pride
5 BOUNDING M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
6 BRING ME THE MAID M 4 Peter G Moody
7 BROOK ROAD M 5 Kris Lees
8 BUFFERING G 8 Robert Heathcote
9 BULL POINT H 5 Tony McEvoy
10 CATKINS M 6 Chris Waller
11 CHAUTAUQUA G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
12 CHURCHILL DANCER G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
13 COUNTERATTACK C 3 Chris Waller
14 CRAFTINESS G 5 Joseph Pride
15 DELECTATION G 4 Chris Waller
16 DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
17 EXOSPHERE C 3 John O’Shea
18 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) G 7 Noel Mayfield-Smith
19 FAST ’N’ ROCKING G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
20 FLAMBERGE G 6 Peter G Moody
21 FURNACES C 3 John O’Shea
22 GALAXY PEGASUS H 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
23 GENERALIFE G 6 John O’Shea
24 GIRL GUIDE M 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
25 GREGERS M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
26 GRIANTE M 5 David Brideoake
27 HEADWATER C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
28 HOT SNITZEL G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden
29 JAPONISME G 3 Chris Waller
30 KNOYDART G 6 John O’Shea
31 KURO (NZ) H 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
32 LANKAN RUPEE G 6 Mick Price
33 LE BONSIR G 8 Mick Price
34 MISS PROMISCUITY M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
35 MOGADOR C 3 John O’Shea
36 NICOSCENE H 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
37 OTTOMAN F 3 John O’Shea
39 PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller
40 RAIN AFFAIR G 8 Daniel Bowman
41 REBEL DANE H 6 Gary Portelli
42 RICH ENUFF H 4 Ken Keys
43 ROCK STURDY H 5 Joseph Pride
44 SARAJEVO G 4 John O’Shea
45 SEBRING SUN C 3 Gary Portelli
46 SHIRAZ G 6 Tony McEvoy
47 SOOBOOG C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
48 SRIKANDI M 5 Ciaron Maher
49 STERLING CITY G 7 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
50 SUPER ONE C 3 Michael Freedman
51 TAWTEEN M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
52 TERRAVISTA G 6 Joseph Pride
54 TIGER TEES (NZ) G 8 Joseph Pride
55 WAWAIL M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig


Imported Mike Moroney-trained stayer Araldo Junior will be one of the hopes of the stable this spring, albeit not at the top level.

Moroney’s highly credentialled three-year-olds, Alaskan Rose and Tulsa, have had their Classic campaigns terminated.

A last-start winner of the Benalla Cup on October 2, Araldo Junior has been nominated for the Geelong Cup on Wednesday.

Moroney has indicated the stayer will also be entered for the Moonee Valley Cup on Saturday and the Bendigo Cup on Wednesday week.

“We’ll pick whichever is the weaker version of those three races,” Moroney said.

“We’re just trying to get him through the grades a bit and it will probably be in the autumn or next spring that we see a lot more of him.”

Bred in Germany where he did his early racing, Araldo Junior has had three starts since arriving in Australia with the Benalla Cup, in which he defeated Group One winner Thunder Lady.

Araldo Junior is the younger half-brother of Araldo who finished a creditable seventh in last year’s Melbourne Cup but had to be euthanised later that day following an accident when he was injured on his way back in after the race.

Alaskan Rose and Tulsa have been sent for a break after finishing out of the money in their respective Guineas races on October 10.

“Alaskan Rose displaced her soft palate during the run so she will have to come back with a tongue tie and different gear on to stop her from doing that,” Moroney said.

“That’s the reason she dropped right out of it, but she’d had enough anyway.”

Moroney said he wasn’t sure if the filly did the same when weakening in the Prelude, putting it down to the fact the race was run at a muddling pace.

“We had to go once more but it wasn’t inconclusive the second time,” Moroney said.

“She’s a long way better than that.”

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