The Manikato Stakes is a Group 1 sprint at Moonee Valley and it should be a great race this Friday night.
11 of the best sprinters around will contest the $1 million prize and it’s certainly an intriguing race in 2019.
We have our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the 2019 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Manikato Stakes 2019 Tips
Manikato Stakes 2019 final field, barrier draw & odds
Manikato Stakes 2019 Best Bets
Bivouac @ $1.85 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
The Bostonian @ $6.50 Bet Now
Anaheed @ $16 Bet Now
Manikato Stakes 2019 Form Guide & Tips
Rock Magic ($23) Bet Now
Rock Magic was good enough to win fresh up last season, but this is a tough ask.
The 10-year-old isn’t getting any younger and although he’s a 16-time winner, this would be some effort to go close against this level of opposition.
The Bostonian (Best Each Way – $6.50) Bet Now
Tony Pike lines up the Kiwi runner which has Group 1-winning form on the board.
That’s good form for this race and he raced well for third last time out in the Schillaci Stakes. That form has been franked with Trekking in The Everest, so keep him safe here.
Punters are getting value odds.
Faatinah ($17) Bet Now
Good enough to be sent to Dubai last season and he returned a winner fresh up at Moonee Valley.
He then ran a half-length behind Nature Strip on this track and he’s only going to strip fitter for the run.
That bodes well for this and there has been some specking for him at odds.
Ashlor ($91) Bet Now
At very long odds to win this race after some average efforts this time.
A win here would be a massive upset and we can’t see Ashlor troubling some of these slick sprinters here.
Vital Silver ($21) Bet Now
Six-year-old which has a good record of eight wins from 16 starts. The son of Wanted ran well for fourth at Flemington and that wasn’t a bad effort.
He’s a Perth-trained runner and form out of the west has stacked up nicely in Melbourne this season.
Chance at the odds and could be worth including at the odds.
Trope ($9) Bet Now
Consistent type which would have been shorter in the market had it drawn a good barrier.
Not going to find life easy from barrier 10 but if he gets some luck, the four-year-old could take this race.
He has four second placings from six career starts and he has been racing against some slick opposition.
Keep safe as he possesses each-way value.
Winter Bride ($41) Bet Now
Didn’t show much when running 13th at Moonee Valley last start but he has drawn better in barrier six for this.
Her form in Brisbane was mixed but she’s still a nine-time winner from 23 starts and that must be respected.
Consider as a blowout chance at odds.
Meryl ($34) Bet Now
Has been backed in from $71 to $34 and that’s a serious move.
Fair when running sixth at Caulfield last time out and he does have improvement in her. However, beating this field looks beyond her capabilities.
Likely to drop back out to a big price.
Bivouac (Best Bet – $1.85) Bet Now
The clear top pick for this race after beating Yes Yes Yes in the Golden Rose last time out. That came over the subsequent Everest winner and although it’s age-group form, he’s a slick colt.
He likes to ride the speed so drawing the inside is ideal and with only 53kg and Kerrin McEvoy on his back, he’s a clear top chance.
Punters will have to muscle up and take the short odds on offer, but he’s worth the risk.
Likely to be on many punters’ multibet tickets.
Anaheed (Best Roughie – $16) Bet Now
Capable filly which owns good barrier speed and that’s going to be useful from barrier 11.
She might not have the form against this level of opposition, but she can flat-out run and having only 51kg on the back is ideal.
Still on the improve and it’s paying nice odds here.
Loving Gaby ($9.50) Bet Now
Three-year-old filly which has only 51kg on the back and it gets every chance from an inside barrier.
Rarely runs a bad race and she could run in the money here. Only negative are the shortish odds on offer.