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Manikato Stakes final field and barrier draw - Chautauqua gets the inside gate

Gary Emmerson in Latest News 19 Oct 2016
  • Chautauqua gets barrier one
  • Buffering to jump alongside the defending champion
  • The Quarterback drawn widest of all
Chautauqua reacts on the line to win the Manikato Stakes

Defending champion Chautauqua will jump from the inside gate after coming up with barrier one for Friday's Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley.

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Last year's winner will start favourite to go back-to-back in the race with Team Hawkes' popular grey bidding to bounce back from fourth place in the Moir Stakes on his return from a spell.

Chautauqua will jump from gate one with Buffering, who won the Manikato Stakes in 2013, alongside after Robert Heathcote's veteran sprinter drew barrier two. 

Buffering was fifth in the Moir Stakes on his return, but all three of those finishing ahead of both Buffering and Chautauqua will not be in opposition on Friday night.

Darren Weir's Lucky Hussler, the next highest rated in the 11-strong line-up, will have to overcome a wide draw in barrier 10 with only last start Gilgai Stakes winner The Quarterback outside of him.

English will also have to negate the barrier draw having come up with gate nine for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

Holler (gate 7) returns to action after an unsuccessful trip to Royal Ascot, while other contenders including Fell Swoop (gate 3), Rebel Dane (gate 4), Under The Louvre (gate 5), Golden Slipper winner Capitalist (gate 6) - the only three-year-old in the race - and Japonisme (gate 8).

Manikato Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

1. BUFFERING (2) 58.5kg
2. CHAUTAUQUA (1) 58.5kg
3. LUCKY HUSSLER (10) 58.5kg
4. UNDER THE LOUVRE (5) 58.5kg
5. REBEL DANE (4) 58.5kg
6. THE QUARTERBACK (11) 58.5kg
7. JAPONISME (8) 58.5kg
8. FELL SWOOP (3) 58.5kg
9. HOLLER (7) 58.5kg
10. ENGLISH (9) 56.5kg
11. CAPITALIST (6) 53kg

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