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2022 Manikato Stakes Tips, Preview & Best Bets

Last updated: 21 Oct 2022
Justin Darcy 21 Oct 2022
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  • The $2 million dollar Manikato Stakes is one of the Victorian feature sprints
  • This Group One is run over 1200 metres at Moonee Valley
  • Can Bella Nipotina claim her first major?
Manikato Stakes Tips
Paulele will take a power of beating in the Manikato Stakes. (Getty)

The Manikato Stakes is a feature sprint of the Carnival, held at Moonee Valley under lights over 1200m. After the abandonment of Friday's evening meeting, it will now be staged as the final race on Cox Plate Day.
  • Manikato Stakes 2022 Field & Barriers
  • Manikato Stakes 2022 Tips
  • Manikato Stakes 2022 FAQs

This $2 million major draws some up and coming Australian sprinters, including three-year-old on-route to the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

The 2022 Manikato Stakes has produced a very competitive field with Paulele heading the market with Betr at $3.60.

Manikato Stakes 2022 Field & Barriers

1BEHEMOTH David Jolly Ben Melham 1658.5kg$31
2ELEVEN ELEVEN Gregory Hickman Hugh Bowman 758.5kg$17
3STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 1058.5kg$81
4THE INFERNO Cliff Brown Blake Shinn 1758.5kg$61
5PAULELE James Cummings James McDonald 658.5kg$3.60
6SHAQUERO Chris Waller Brett Prebble 1258.5kg$126
7ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Damian Lane 558.5kg$7
8THE ASTROLOGIST Leon & Troy Corstens Fred Kersley 858.5kg$31
9SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1356.5kg$17
10BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 256.5kg$4.20
11ROCH ’N’ HORSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 1556.5kg$31
12JAMAEA Robert & Luke Price Jye McNeil 956.5kg$31
13BEST OF BORDEAUX Kacy Fogden Tim Clark 1453kg$16
14COOLANGATTA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 151kg$6
15eSAVATOXLTony & Calvin McEvoy Ms Linda Meech 1858.5kg $126
16eGENERAL BEAU Mathew Ellerton TBA1158.5kg$91
17eIN THE BOAT Lindsey Smith Blaike McDougall 358.5kg$34
18eSWEET RIDE Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 453kg$51
Odds provided by Betr. Taken at 2.30pm - 18/10/22.

Manikato Stakes 2022 Tips

Manikato Stakes 2022 Best Bet - Bella Nipotina

This mare deserves a Group One, finishing runner-up to Coolanagatta when luckless in the Moir Stakes, while she was runner-up in this event last year to Jonker by a flared nostril.

She looks to be at her peak third-up in this tonight, and if ever she is going to register that Group One win, it will be this race given its her pet trip and favourite track.

From gate two, Bella Nipotina is going to muster speed and camp on the leading bunch, with momentum (horses falling back in her face) the only concern in the straight.

Manikato Stakes 2022 Next Best Bet - Paulele

Drawn to be the winner in barrier six, the last start Schillaci Stakes winner looks very well favoured stepping up to 1200m with a confidence boosting win last start now behind him.

Paulele is going to sit midfield with a hot tempo expected, which will allow those horses coming from off the speed to build their momentum and come into the race.

Just feel around the Valley he might be spotting Bella Nipotina a little bit of a start and at this level he will need to be a proper Group One sprinter to beat her - which he may well be.

Manikato Stakes 2022 Value Bet - Eleven Eleven

I was at the breakfast with the best trackwork on Tuesday morning and this is the horse I am taking from that session, looking emaculate heading onto the track and running his last 400m in 24 flat which was one of the sharpest of the morning.

His best wins have come at the Gold Coast circuit, a track that is not too dis-similar to The Valley in terms of being able to ping off a bend which we know he can do.

The midfield draw suits where he should find cover and importantly off the fence, allowing Eleven Eleven to build that momentum into the race when it matters.

Manikato Stakes 2022 FAQs

When is the 2022 Manikato Stakes?

The 2022 Manikato Stakes is scheduled to run on Friday, October 21. After the abandonment of Friday's evening meeting, it will now be staged as the final race on Cox Plate Day on Saturday, October 22.

What distance is the Manikato Stakes?

The Manikato Stakes is run over a distance of 1200 metres.

Where is the Manikato Stakes held?

The Manikato Stakes is held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne.

Who is the favourite for the 2022 Manikato Stakes?

Paulele is the favourite for the 2022 Manikato Stakes.

How can I live stream the 2022 Manikato Stakes?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Manikato Stakes and all other Australian horse races.

Who won the 2021 Manikato Stakes?

Jonker won the 2021 Manikato Stakes.



Keen to bet on this race.

Backing Bella Nipotina as the main bet, while we save on Paulele and have something small on Eleven Eleven.

Would not be discounting Best of Bordeaux either if he can have some luck from the wide barrier.

Best Bet: Bella Nipotina To Win @16/5 at Justbet - 6 Units
Next Best Bet: Paulele Each-Way @13/5 at Puntnow - 3 Units
Value Bet: Eleven Eleven Each-Way @16/1 at Topsport - 1 Unit
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