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30/07/02 Hall of Fame Horse Inductee: Manikato

One of Australia's greatest ever gallopers Manikato tonight sprinted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in Melbourne.

A barrel-chested son of Manihi, the mighty Manikato was the premier sprinter of his era.

Originally trained by the late Bon Hoysted and then by Bon's brother Bob, Manikato was a star from the start of his career and displayed his ability season after season.

He won an amazing five successive William Reid Stakes and four Futurity Stakes winning 12 Group 1 races in all.

He won 29 of his 47 starts and was second nine times and had career earnings of more than $1.1 million.

The Group 1 Manikato Stakes, named in his honour is run annually at Moonee Valley.


Chestnut gelding bred in Australia in 1975
By Manihi (AUS) from Markato (AUS)
47 starts 29-9-4 $1,154,210
Trainers: Bob Hoysted and Bon Hoysted
Jockeys: Gary Willetts and Roy Higgins

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