|Group 1 race|
|Location||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Website||MVRC official website|
|Distance||1200 metres (6 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Three-year-olds & up|
|Weight||Weight for Age|
The Manikato Stakes is a MVRC Group One Australian Thoroughbred horse race run under Weight for Age conditions, over a distance of 1200 metres at Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne in September. Total prize money for the race is $AUD510,000.
The race is named after the great race horse Manikato who won this race twice as well as recording 5 consecutive wins in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley from 1979 to 1983.
1968 - 1971 held over 6 furlongs (approx. 1200m)
1972 onwards held over 1200m.
1968 - 1978 run as a Principal race.</br> 1979 - 1988 run as a Group 2 race.</br> 1989 onwards run as a Group 1 race.</br>
1968 - 1983 the race was known as the 'Freeway Stakes'
1984 onwards the race was known as the 'Manikato Stakes'