Like a few of the runners in the William Reid, Secret Agenda was a dual acceptor for this race and The Galaxy in Sydney. Scratched from Rosehill to target the Reid, the money started to flow for the Mick Price trained mare once intentions were declared. Last year in an Autumn/Early Winter prep, the mare was first-up in the listed Hareeba Stakes at Mornington on Cup day finishing two lengths behind Bassett. Second-up in the G2 Sapphire Stakes at Randwick, Damien Oliver had the mare just in behind the speed and when angled into space was able to put them away for a 1.3 length victory. A career best win followed in the G1 UBET Classic over 1200m at Morphettville where she led them up and had almost two lengths to spare defeating Viddora and I Am A Star. Resuming this prep over 1000m at Flemington and carrying 60kg she finished strongly to score a narrow victory and her record at The Valley is good (3: 1-2-0).
1 week shy of 12 months since securing the Golden Slipper at Rosehill, She Will Reign will be at The Valley on the eve of the 2018 Slipper, attempting to win her third race at the elite level. Resuming in the Spring after her Slipper triumph, she was a winner in the G1 Moir Stakes at 1000m in the only appearance at The Valley. With a slot in The Everest secured, the filly was beaten but not disgraced when 4.5 lengths from the winner Redzel. Sent straight to the paddock, the Inglis Sprint was her returning target and with it being declared a two-horse race between her and Nature Strip, the scratching of the latter saw SWR start a very short odds-on favourite and she won accordingly. Despite the result of her second-up run in the Oakleigh Plate showing 10th, the run was good when wide throughout and only 2.5 lengths from the winner Russian Revolution. From gate 1 She Will Reign will be perfectly positioned in the run.
After a light 2017 calendar year where the entire was seen at the races on just five occasions, his two runs in 2018 have both been in G1 feature sprints. After not handling the heavy going in The Galaxy when beaten over twelve lengths behind Russian Revolution, he was sent for a break and returned with victory at 1100m in the G3 Sir John Monash at Caulfield. Kept fresh with a 55 day gap between runs he took on the McEwen first-up over 1000m at The Valley and after settling at the rear of a small six-horse field was never a factor when just over three lengths, again behind Russian Revolution. His two runs back this prep have both seen no return despite both being top runs, finishing within 1.5 lengths on both occasions behind Redkirk Warrior in the Lightning and the Newmarket. From two runs at The Valley he has a 1200m win and the McEwen run and was a dual acceptor, also in The Galaxy.
3YO colt Pariah will be first-up following a three-start Spring that was a solid return for the son of Redoutes Choice. Second to Catchy in the Blue Diamond of 2017, he never handled the conditions in the Slipper. Sent for a break and after two trials, the second of those when splitting Winx and Happy Clapper, he returned with victory at 1100m in the G3 San Domenico, before running Menari to 1.5 lengths in the Run To The Rose. A luckless run from a wide gate and the 1400m beat him in the Golden Rose to end his prep. Trialling twice to prepare this campaign, the second of those was an easy victory. Having his first run at The Valley, he has run the bend the Melbourne way of going when finishing second in both the Blue Diamond Prelude and Diamond. Blake Shinn has ridden the colt in 5 of his 7 starts, including the San Domenico win and will head South to take the ride./p>
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 2018 is $500,000, with the winner to receive $300,000. The 2017 winner was the Andrew Noblet trained Silent Sedition, ridden by Katelyn Mallyon. 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.
|Date:||Fri 23 March 2018|
|Race Time:||21:30 AEDT|
|2017 Winner||Silent Sedition|
|2018 William Reid Stakes Odds|
|2014||Spirit Of Boom|