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2019 Manikato Stakes Futures Tips - Can Zoutori claim Group One glory?

Justin Darcy has provided his best bets for us in the 2019 Manikato Stakes.
2019 Manikato Stakes Futures Tips & Best Bet - Friday, October 25
Brave Smash was victorious in the 2018 Manikato Stakes. (Getty Images)

Manikato Stakes

  • DateFri 23 Oct, 2020
  • Race Time10:30
  • RacecourseMoonee Valley
  • Race Distance1200 metres
  • ConditionsWeight-for-age
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$1,000,000

2019 Manikato Stakes Futures Tips & Best Bet - Friday, October 25

The Group One Manikato Stakes is a $1 million sprint run over 1200m at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate eve.

The Manikato has for years be known as the premier lead up to the VRC Sprint held on the last day of the Flemington Carnival.

This year we will likely see a weaker rendition of the race with the best horses racing in The Everest just six days before this race.

There will still be some quality sprinters line up including a couple three-year-olds in Microphone and Loving Gaby which will be exciting to see.

Manikato Stakes Odds

Nature Strip$6.00
Santa Ana Lane$8.50
Ten Sovereigns$13.00
Odds are at Ladbrokes and are correct as from 7/10/19 - 11.50am

Manikato Stakes Futures Best Bet - Zoutori @ $13

This boy was impressive in the Gilgai Stakes, running under a length third behind Sunlight and Santa Ana Lane who are two of Australia's best sprinters.

That performance would put him in good stead for a Group One such as this race with the quality of horses not being of that top echelon.

He is a get back and run on type which is not a great pattern to have at Moonee Valley, but if we cannot a high pressure sprint which we often see in the Group One's, he will have his chance to launch down the outside.

He will need to draw wide and be out of trouble to get around Moonee Valley and, if he can do this, he looks over at $13.

Manikato Stakes Futures Best Bet: Zoutori - $13 via Ladbrokes

Manikato Stakes Futures Value Bet - Loving Gaby @ $15

Now this was an impressive win for an underdone horse in the Champagne Stakes on September 27.

Ciaron Maher said straight after the race that the Empire Rose would be her likely target, but has now paid up a lat entry fee for the Manikato.

He said just last week that we would likely see her next in the Manikato and as nominations will die away, this $15 will as well.

She is a fit horse now after one run and we know she can handle the Moonee Valley track, so there is no reason she cannot be competitive in this race.

Manikato Stakes Futures Value Bet: Loving Gaby - $15 via Ladbrokes 

What time is the first race Manikato Stakes night?

The first race is run an 6.30pm AEDT.

What time is the Manikato Stakes?

The Manikato Stakes is the main event of the night, which will be the eighth event on the card.

The Manikato Stakes runs at approximately 8.30pm.

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We will be backing both Zoutori and Loving Gaby, but not big best as we want to see them accept or trainers to confirm that they will head to this race first.

Best Bet: Zoutori @13.00 at Ladbrokes Australia - 5 Units
Value Bet: Loving Gaby @15.00 at Ladbrokes Australia - 5 Units

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