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Manikato Stakes 2023 Betting Tips - Fav to complete spring hat-trick

Last updated: 25 Oct 2023
Alex Marsh 25 Oct 2023
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  • The Manikato Stakes is a 1200m Group 1 contested at Moonee Valley
  • The 2023 edition will be run on Saturday, October 28
  • Imperatriz heads the early market with BoomBet
  • Preview & tips are included below
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Imperatriz is an odds-on favourite in the Manikato Stakes. (Getty)

After being held on the Friday night before the Cox Plate from 2012 to 2022, the Manikato Stakes is now on the Cox Plate day program.
  • 2023 Manikato Stakes Tips
  • 2023 Manikato Stakes Field & Odds

Several of Australia's favourite horses have delivered wins in this event, including the enigmatic sprinter great grey Chautauqua, while Buffering, Hay List, Miss Andretti, Sunline and Vain are also among the champions to have won this 1200m Group 1.

Imperatriz is all the rage in the 2023 Manikato Stakes markets, with $1.52 her current price via BoomBet

2023 Manikato Stakes Tips

2023 Manikato Stakes Best Bet - Imperatriz

Although she's a very short price, there's no disputing the quote with Imperatriz, who is arguably the best sprinter in Australasia and she's only third-up in the Manikato.

Despite receiving many offers to contest The Everest, Te Akau Racing has stayed in Melbourne with their star five-year-old, who has impressed with two big wins at Moonee Valley in September.

Following a brilliant display first-up in the McEwen Stakes, Imperatriz broke her own track record for the Moonee Valley 1000m when taking out the Group 1 Moir Stakes on September 29.

1200m third-up is ideal for the Kiwi mare, who has won over a mile and her one try over this track/trip resulted in a Group 1 William Reid Stakes victory, which was arguably a stronger race.

I Am Me and Jigsaw will forward, while the outsider I Am War will kick up from gate one, so Imperatriz again finds a small field with good speed and barrier four is just about perfect for her.
2023 Manikato Stakes Next Best Bet - Buenos Noches

If there's to be any market support outside of Imperatriz, then I suspect it'll be for Buenos Noches, who is the only one in this field coming from The Everest and he did have some excuses there.

The post-race jockey comment from Dylan Gibbons stated that he was lucky not to come down on the turn, with the entire crowded for room at the 700m and he was just fair in the run for home.

His lead-up ahead of that $20 million dollar feature was just about faultless and while those Sydney tracks of late have been hard to make ground for backmarkers, there's perhaps more to it.

That October 14 meeting was run on a rock-hard Good 3 and given Buenos Noches performed similarly on firm decks in a short prep earlier this year, he may simply need some cut in the ground.

His overall form backs that up and The Valley traditionally has more give than other metro circuits, so he should be more comfortable here, while he's another that'll be suited by a decent tempo.

2023 Manikato Stakes Field & Odds

1The InfernoCliff BrownJames McDonald358.5kg$22
2Buenos NochesMatthew SmithBlake Shinn558.5kg$7.50
3Uncommon JamesSteven O'Dea & Matthew HoystedDamian Lane258.5kg$7
4JigsawCindy AldersonDaniel Moor758.5kg$20
5I Am WarTrevor J AndrewsJamie Mott158.5kg$71
6ImperatrizMark WalkerOpie Bosson456.5kg$1.52
7I Am MeCiaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 656.5kg$6.60
Odds courtesy of BoomBet & correct on 26/10/2023.


Our tips for the 2023 Manikato Stakes are:

Best Bet1: Imperatriz To Win @12/23 at Boombet - 4 Units
Best Bet2: Buenos Noches To Win @13/2 at Boombet - 1 Unit
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