Sheidel resumed this prep in the Oakleigh Plate over the 1100m at Caulfield and after getting in with 53kg, the “Magic Man” Joao Moreira was able to get to the front and control the pace for a one length all the way victory. Second-up into the Newmarket, Damien Oliver took the ride and after drawing an inside gate (3 of 13) down the straight six she was in behind the pace when they all came to the inside. She was flat-out at the 200m but kept finding enough to hold the chasing pack off as Redkirk Warrior was able to score a strong win. Last campaign the mare faced the starter six times for two wins and two seconds and was a winner third-up at 1200m at Caulfield. Blake Shinn takes the ride, with the mare a four-time winner at 1200m.
Foxwedge was the last 3YO to win the William Reid and the Team Hawkes trained Star Turn will look to emulate the now successful sire in 2017. The talented 3YO has faced the starter twice this campaign and finished 3rd on both occasions in G1 company. Resuming in the Lightning over 1000m he loomed strongly and was able to finish within a neck of the winner Terravista who sprouted wings in the latter stages to score. Second-up in the Newmarket again down the Flemington straight when carrying 52.5kg, he was leading the pack but couldn’t see it out, finishing two lengths from the winner Redkirk Warrior. The return to Moonee Valley despite having never raced there should suit, his past three runs have all been down the Flemington straight and all resulted in 3rd placed efforts in G1 events. Racing a turn should suit the three-time winner.
Grand campaigner Rebel Dane lines up for his 8th appearance over the Moonee Valley 1200m trip, having placed three times and scoring a memorable win in the G1 Manikato Stakes back in October. Fresh from Golden Slipper glory, trainer Gary Portelli will saddle the 7YO entire for his first-up run this campaign, his last run being in December at Hong Kong’s International day in the G1 Sprint. The grand stager is a two-time winner at the elite level and will remarkably line up in his 21st Group 1 contest. His first-up record is strong, reading at 9:4-2-2 and if the track gets to a soft rating, it will be no concern as he is a four-time winner in the soft range and his Manikato win was on a soft 5. Ben Melham retains the ride, with the young hoop looking for successive G1 wins to add to his Slipper triumph.
Trained by Team Hawkes, Kaepernick has been progressed slowly as they look to season to the 5YO gelding. Taken to Brisbane during the 2016 Winter carnival for one start, he finished down the track behind Under The Louvre in the Stradbroke. Returning for the Spring in the G2 The Shorts he was strong on return, beaten under a half-length behind Takedown. A forgive run followed in the Premiere Stakes before a 2nd to the fast finishing Spieth over 1100m, with his prep rounded out with a win over 1100m, carrying 60kg. Returning this prep in the Oakleigh Plate he jumped from a wide gate and settled at the rear of the field. Still last at the 400m he let down in the home straight and was one of the best to finish from the rear. He is 1 from 1 at the Moonee Valley 1200m and second-up has the figures of 5:2-1-0.
Held over the sprint distance of 1200m, the G1 William Reid Stakes is held under weight-for-age conditions. Held at Victoria’s Moonee Valley racecourse, it is one of six races on the Australian turf calendar held over the same distance and featuring the same conditions.
The race is the Autumn equivalent to the Manikato Stakes held in the Spring at Moonee Valley over the same six furlong scamper and the same conditions. The William Reid signals the end of the main races of the Melbourne Autumn and is the final G1 race for the season in Victoria.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $500,000, with the winner to receive $300,000. The 2016 winner was the Peter Moody trained Flamberge, ridden by Brad Rawiller. Other past winners of this race include Spirit Of Boom, Foxwedge, Miss Andretti, Vo Rogue and the dual winners Black Caviar and Apache Cat. The mighty Manikato won this race 5 years in succession from 1979-83.
The William Reid Stakes forms a part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|William Reid Stakes Guide|
|Date:||Friday 24th March 2017|
|Race Time:||20:30 AEST|
|Location||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Race Type||Weight For Age|
|2017 William Reid Stakes Odds|
The Group 1 William Reid Stakes is a weight-for-age race for gallopers over the sprint distance of 1200m held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late March. The $400,000 prize purse attracts some of best horses in work at the time. A number of equine legends have confirmed their class in this race including Apache Cat (2008/09), Miss Andretti (2007) and more recently Peter Moody’s unbeaten mare Black Caviar, who won the race in 2011 and 2013. But there was one horse which made this event his own, the great Manikato.
Under trainer Bob Hoystead, the flashy chestnut won five consecutive William Reid Stakes (1979-83). Other notable winners include Hareeba (1995), Vo Rogue (1988), Campaign King (1986), Comic Court (1951) and Heroic (1927). Lead up races ahead of the William Reid Stakes, may include the Group 1 Lightning Stakes held in February or the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap. The event is named in the honour of a former committee member of the Moonee Valley Racing Club William Reid. He was also the owner of a number of prominent racehorses in the early 1900s, including dual Caulfield Cup winner Uncle Sam.
|2016||FLAMBERGE||BRAD RAWILLER||PETER MOODY||01:09.8|
|2015||LUCKY HUSSLER||GLEN BOSS||DARREN WEIR||01:10.3|
|2014||SPIRIT OF BOOM||MICHAEL RODD||TONY GOLLAN||01:11.1|
|2013||BLACK CAVIAR||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:11.0|
|2012||FOXWEDGE||NASH RAWILLER||JOHN O’SHEA||01:10.2|
|2011||BLACK CAVIAR||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:10.0|
|2010||TURFFONTEIN||GLEN BOSS||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||01:11.6|
|2009||APACHE CAT||DAMIEN OLIVER||GREG EURELL||01:09.6|
|2008||APACHE CAT||COREY BROWN||GREG EURELL||01:09.6|
|2007||MISS ANDRETTI||CRAIG NEWITT||LEE FREEDMAN||01:10.2|
|2006||VIRAGE DE FORTUNE||GREG CHILDS||BRUCE MCLACHLAN||01:10.0|