2015 Manikato Stakes:
In-Depth Race Preview + Our Tips & Suggested Bets

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Race 7 – 9:45PM (AEDST) 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 Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 7 58.5kg
2 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2 58.5kg
3 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride James McDonald 1 58.5kg
4 REBEL DANE Gary Portelli Brenton Avdulla 4 58.5kg
5 TIGER TEES (NZ) Joseph Pride Damien Oliver 9 58.5kg
6 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 3 58.5kg
7 RICH ENUFF Ken Keys Noel Callow 6 58.5kg
8 SRIKANDI Ciaron Maher Kerrin McEvoy 10 56.5kg
9 GRIANTE David Brideoake Steven Arnold 5 56.5kg
10 ALPHA MISS Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 8 56.5kg


What a champion old boy The Buff is!

He won his 5th career Group 1 first-up in the Moir Stakes, doing it as is his usual pattern, leading, kicking off the corner as Browne let him roll and then toughing it out late to hold off all comers. It was his 3rd win in the now Gr1 event after also having won it 2012 & 2014 and finishing 2nd to Samaready in 2013 but it was the first time the Group 1 race has been shortened back to it’s original 1000m distance though, so it did have an air of difference about it.

Despite only officially winning by 0.5L it was a very easy win. He was never going to get run down & whereas his wins in the other pair of his Group 1 wins at the Valley he’d been run to a short 1/2 head & nose. Incredibly the horse ran an overall time of 57.26, that was just 0.04 sec outside champion mare Miss Andretti’s effort of 57.22 she clocked when winning the transferred Lightning Stakes at Moonee Valley. She was at the peak of her heightened powers at that point in her career to! So for Buffering to have got so close to that record after making all the running was an astronomical effort, but we’ve come to hope & expect him to tough it out now. It shows how well he’s going though so he’s clearly a great chance and whereas hot race favourite Chautauqua will be back in the pack needing luck Buffering will be off and going for home out in front.

If Chautauqua & Terravista, who in my eye’s are the two of the very best sprinter’s in the world, don’t get the luck they need Buffering won’t need an invitation to dash clear around the bend and sneak the prize in the race for a second occasion. Doesn’t know how to run badly, you’ll get a very large sight if you’ve backed him.


I’ve long been convinced this Team Hawkes trained galloper is not only Australia’s best but also the world’s very best sprinter.

Because of his get back, run on natural style of racing tough he can often find bad luck….which he did in spades last start in the group 2, 1200m Gilgai Stakes, when held up behind runners and forced to change course but he still had way too much in hit kit bag once he got the clear space, putting the race away in 2 or 3 bounds!

I honestly think bad luck is the only obstacle to him in the race though….He’s got class and an absolutely devastating turn of foot. But that becomes more of a passibility given his barrier of 2 which will see him possibly sandwiched in between runners rather then on the outside where he can just dash straight up, whenever he’s ready!

I think he’ll confirm what I’ve long in this…..He’s the world’s best sprinter! Getting out to much better price … Watch out!


Will be wiser for the MV run last year in this race. He peaked noticeably on his run first-up and will improve here. Hugh Bowman off but James McDonald on so shouldn’t lose too much there. Barrier 1 is beautiful as he should get the run of the race.

He showed last year when winning the Gr1 Darley Classic on Stakes Day at Flemington, he’s up to the top level!

He CAN most definitely reign supreme here.


Going well after his throat operation.  His record at MV doesn’t really do him justice with a number of close finishes and poor luck dogging him. It’s safe to say he is a wrung below the likes of Buffering/Terravista/Chautauqua’s in the sprinting pecking order though.

Just not quiet up to the elite horse’s. Place hope.


Needs the heavens to open to figure in a race at all. That’s not going to happen so it’s impossible to recommend you put your hard earned on him.


Was a strong winner at Caulfield but this is much, much deeper. Doesn’t win out of turn but in his defence, he rarely disgraces himself. Will be finishing off. Doubt can win.


Bit of a D-Day for this entire. If he runs as poorly as he did in the Rupert Clarke, he might find his racing days numbered. Tacitics interesting. Suspect they’ll try to sit in behind Buffering. On his best form he’d be very hard to beat here, but doesn’t look a shadow of his former glory days!


Brilliant mare. Her QLD form through the likes of Ball Of Muscle, Boban and Lumosty has all been franked. Drawn barrier 10 but if Rich Enuff ridden with cover, she should get on the shoulder of Buffering. She’s got excellent gate speed too. Tipping this race will be on-speed dominated so don’t be surprised if she’s fighting out the finish.


Outsider of the field but she’s absolutely flying. Ripped home in the Moir – running the fastest late sectionals. Back out to 1200m suits and she finally draws a gate. Knockout player.


Was a strong winner on debut for her new stable but she beat Cashed and a legless Lankan Rupee. Would really need to bounce off that to figure in this. Looks under the odds.








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