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Manikato racehorse Golden Slipper winner

Manikato racehorseRacehorse Manikato (1975–1984) was a champion Australian Thoroughbred racehorse of the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was a chestnut gelding by Manihi from Markato by Natural Bid (USA).

Manikato was one of the best sprinters ever to race in Australia. Costing only $3,500 at the 1977 Adelaide yearling sales, Manikato had a double cross of Fair Trial in the fourth generation and was a descendant of Nearco through his dam.

He was bought for trainer Bon Hoysted by an agent as Hoysted had previously prepared another of the dam's offspring. Hoysted in turn passed Manikato to owner Malcolm Seceull for whom he had trained a number of horses for over the previous years.

He was the second Australian horse, after Kingston Town, to win $1 million in stakes, and, by today's gradings, Won as many as 18 races which are now Group Ones (as the William Reid, Orr, and Freeway Stakes are now run at Group One level). As a two-year-old, Manikato Won the Blue Diamond Stakes and Golden Slipper Stakes double. He then Won an amazing five successive William Reid Stakes and four Futurity Stakes winning 12 Group 1 races in all.

He was originally trained by Bon Hoysted who died soon after Manikato's 1978 Golden Slipper victory. His brother Bob Hoysted took over his training subsequently. Because Manikato was such a tall, heavily topped gelding he put tremendous strain on his legs each time he raced.

Manikato had to overcome serious adversity in his career. He suffered a bleeding attack, a heart attack, and damaged his suspensory tendons. After every race, Bon could be seen wrapping the horse's legs with plastic shopping bags filled with ice, to reduce inflammation.

After retiring from racing in 1983, Manikato was plagued by a virus which he could not shake off. He was humanely euthanased on 13 February 1984. He is buried within sight of some of his greatest wins, the winning post at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

The Group 1 Manikato Stakes, named in his honour is run annually at Moonee Valley. The Manikato Restaurant in the grandstand at Caulfield Racecourse is also named in his honour.

 

 

 

Manihi Matrice Masthead
La Patrice
Beauteous Newtown Wonder
Maderson
Markato Natural Bid Nasrullah
Queen Of Clubs
Fortunes Orbit Vigo
Probity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Career Highlights

AT 2
 
   
25-Jan-78
Won
8 ran
4-7 f
G Willetts
54
Cranbourne
1000m
2YO Handicap Naas
1:00.8
4-Feb-78
2nd
22 ran
5-1
G Willetts
53
Flemington
1000m
Mollison 2YO Hcp Karaman
0:59.0
14-Feb-78
Won
13 ran
8-13f
G Willetts
57
Flemington
1000m
Delina Hcp 2YO Outpace
0:58.3
25-Feb-78
Won
17 ran
12-1
G Willetts
54
Caulfield
1200n
Blue Diamond Stakes Toolern High
1:10.8
11-Mar-78
Won
16 ran
7-2f
G Willetts
54
Rosehill
1200m
Golden Slipper Stakes Smokey Jack
1:10.7
 
AT 3
 
   
9-Sep-78
Won
12 ran
5-1
G Willetts
57.5
Flemington
1200m
Ascot Vale Stakes Karaman
1:09.6
28-Sep-78
Won
16 ran
3-1f
J Stocker
50
Caulfield
1400m
Malboro Cup Lipman
1:24.1
14-Oct-78
Won
12 ran
8-11f
G Willetts
55.5
Caulfield
1600m
Caulfield Guineas Karaman
1:36.6
4-Nov-78
2nd
16 ran
6-4f
J Stocker
54
Flemington
1200m
Craven A Stakes Always Welcome
1:10.2
29-Jan-79
Won
7 ran
4-9f
G Willetts
53
Moonee Valley
1200m
William Reid Stakes King Of The Stars
1:10.8
10-Feb-79
Won
12 ran
4-6f
G Willetts
53
Sandown
1400m
C F Orr Stakes Gypsy Kingdom
1:23.8
24-Feb-79
Won
8 ran
4-6f
G Willetts
52
Caulfield
1800m
Futurity Stakes Stormy Rex
1:53.7
12-Mar-79
2nd
14 ran
4-7f
G Willetts
52.5
Flemington
2000m
Australian Cup Dulcify
2:01.2
31-Mar-79
4th
16 ran
4-6f
G Willetts
54
Rosehill
2000m
Rosehill Guineas Dulcify
2:02.7
7-Apr-79
Won
16 ran
5-4f
G Willetts
54.5
Rosehill
1400m
George Ryder Stakes Joyita
1:21.9
14-Apr-79
3rd
23 ran
2-1f
G Willetts
57.5
Randwick
1600m
Doncaster Hcp Belmura Lad
1:33.7
7-Jul-79
Won
16 ran
5-4f
G Willetts
58
Doomben
1350m
Doomben 10,000 Casca
1:19.2
 
AT 4
 
   
18-Aug-79
Won
11 ran
1-2f
G Willetts
57
Moonee Valley
1200m
Freeway Stakes Oenjay Star
1:12.2
28-Jan-80
Won
6 ran
2-9f1
G Willetts
57
Moonee Valley
1200m
William Reid Stakes Hauberk
1:10.8
Feb 9 1980
Won
13 ran
2-9f
G Willetts
57
Sandown
1400m
C F Orr Stakes Hyperno
1:23.5
1-Mar-80
Won
10 ran
1-3f
R Higgins
57
Caulfield
1400m
Futurity Stakes Asian Beau
1:23.1
22-Mar-80
Won
9 ran
2-7f
G Willetts
57
Rosehill
1400m
George Ryder Stakes Gypsy Kingdom
1:21.6
 
AT 5
 
   
26-Jan-81
Won
9 ran
4-7f
G Willetts
57.5
Moonee Valley
1200m
William Reid Stakes Turf Ruler
1:10.3
7-Feb-81
Won
9 ran
4-11f
G Willetts
57.5
Sandown
1400m
C F Orr Stakes My Brown Jug
1:24.1
21-Feb-81
Won
9 ran
2-5f
G Willetts
57.5
Caulfield
1400m
Futurity Stakes Ducatoon
1:23.8
 
AT 6
 
   
8-Sep-81
Won
9 ran
4-9f
R Higgins
63.5
Sandown
1000m
Bernborough Hcp King of the Stars
0:56.8
24-Sep-81
2nd
17 ran
1-1f
R Higgins
60.5
Caulfield
1400m
Marlboro Cup Soldier Of Fortune
1:23.0
29-Sep-81
Won
8 ran
8-11f
R Higgins
58.5
Caulfield
1600m
Queen Elizabeth Cup Lawman
1:35.7
14-Oct-81
2nd
12 ran
1-4f
R Higgins
58
Sandown
1200m
Chirnside Stakes Opera Prince
1:11.4
1-Feb-82
Won
7 ran
8-13f
G Willetts
57
Moonee Valley
1200m
William Reid Stakes Yir Tiz
1:11.0
27-Feb-82
2nd
10 ran
4-6f
G Willetts
57.5
Caulfield
1400m
Futurity Stakes Galleon
1:22.4
13-Mar-82
Won
11 ran
4-6f
G Willetts
57
Canterbury
1200m
Canterbury Stakes Opera Prince
1:09.5
17-Apr-82
3rd
5 ran
5-4
G Willetts
57.5
Randwick
1600m
All-Aged Stakes My Gold Hope
1:36.0
 
AT 7
 
   
21-Aug-82
Won
14 ran
13-8f
G Willetts
58
Moonee Valley
1200m
Freeway Stakes Qubeau
1:10.8
4-Sep-82
Won
8 ran
7-4f
G Willetts
58.5
Caulfield
1400m
Memsie Stakes Galleon
1:24.0
18-Sep-82
3rd
7 ran
4-5f
G Willetts
58.5
Moonee Valley
1600m
Feehan Stakes Lawman
1:35.5
23-Oct-82
Won
11 ran
9-2
G Willetts
58
Moonee Valley
1000m
A J Moir Stakes Razor Sharp
0:58.9
30-Oct-82
3rd
15 ran
6-1
G Willetts
59.5
Flemington
1200m
Pure Pak Stakes Forgone Conclusion
1:09.7
4-Nov-82
3rd
4 ran
9-4
G Willetts
58
Flemington
1400m
Linlithgow Stakes Galleon
1:24.3
31-Jan-83
Won
9 ran
10-9f
G Willetts
57.5
Moonee Valley
1200m
William Reid Stakes Torbek
1:10.2
19-Feb-83
2nd
15 ran
5-2ef
G Willetts
57
Flemington
1000m
Lightning Stakes Demus
0:57.3
5-Mar-83
Won
8 ran
7-4
G Willetts
57.5
Caulfield
1400m
Futurity Stakes Avatar
1:24.3
19-Mar-83
2nd
14 ran
9-2
G Willetts
57.5
Rosehill
1400m
George Ryder Stakes Emancipation
1:22.8

 

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